Sonoma County: Best Wineries to Enjoy Mother Nature

Looking to enjoy the beautiful Northern California outdoors on your trip to Sonoma? IntoWine.com has scoured Sonoma County to find the wineries best suited for those seeking to soak up Mother Nature while they sip Chardonnay. The list below is in no particular order.

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Matanzas Creek Winery Santa Rosa - Scenic and beautiful with the ubiquitous smell of lavender permeating the grounds, Matanzas Creek Winery is a "must visit" for people looking for a great -off the beaten path- tasting experience. More...

Ferrari-Carano Vineyards & Winery Healdsburg - Friendly, casual, and beautiful, Ferrari-Carano is a "must visit" winery for any wine enthusiast looking to combine a wonderful tasting experience with a stroll through five acres of beautiful gardens, the same gardens voted "Best in Wine Country" for many years by NBC 11. Winery has a spectacular vineyard view and an Italian style Villa Fiore Hospitality Center where visitors can taste world class wines upstairs or down. More...

Kunde Estate Winery Kenwood - Conveys an eco-friendly vibe almost immediately. It is ideal for the nature loving wine enthusiast as they host nature hikes and really emphasize their committment to embracing and preserving the environment. More...

For more than 25 years, The California Wine Club founders Bruce and Pam Boring have explored all corners of California’s wine country to find award-winning, handcrafted wine to share with the world. Each month, the club features a different small family winery and hand selects two of their best wines for members.

Bartholomew Park Winery Sonoma (City) - Bartholomew Park Winery is -as its name implies- park like. Set in the rolling hills a few miles Northeast of Sonoma Plaza, Bartholomew is quaint, breezy, green, and soaking in Sonoma history. Picnic tables are strewn throughout the grounds making Bartholomew an ideal place for a cozy picnic. Word has it the Wall Street Journal named it Sonoma's best place to "pop the question". More...

Buena Vista Winery Sonoma (City) - Just a few minutes from Sonoma Plaza. Buena Vista feels though like it's far away as you traverse a handful of windy dirt roads that seem to be heading nowhere. Were it not for some very well placed signs reassuring you that your GPS isn't broken, you would never think you were heading towards a beautiful winery. Buena Vista feels like a state park with much tree cover and an old country barn feel to it. California's first winery, Buena Vista has a rich history that is well documented on the walls of the tasting room. Plenty of picnic tables are available though not much in terms of open lawn space for blankets. More...

Cline Cellars Sonoma (City) - An unpretentious old country home, Cline offers expansive picnic areas, a half dozen fountains and pools (no swimming), a bird zoo, and just plenty of beautiful flowers, trees, and plant life to make for a peaceful day at the winery. More...

Gundlach-Bundschu Winery Sonoma (City) - Gundlach-Bundschu Winery is expansive and massive with a big focus on visitors enjoying the surrounding property. Plenty of tables and shelters exist for picnicers. Gundlach-Bundschu is ideal for people seeking a cozy place for a blanket picnic. Hiking trails exist for those looking to explore the grounds or have a more scenic picnic. More....

Paradise Ridge Winery Santa Rosa - Located in what seems to be your normal, everyday, upscale suburban Santa Rosa neighborhood, Paradise Ridge couldn't be more opposite to the staid confines of its suburban neighbors. The tasting room rests on a hillside and offers an amazing view of the vineyards surrounding it. Family owned since inception, the grounds reflect the passions -wine, art, family- of the Byck clan. Sculptures by local artists are placed throughout the grounds giving the winery the appeal of an outdoor gallery. Better yet, let's call it an art park. Yet nothing is stuffy or pretentious at Paradise Ridge. You can host an elegant wedding reception there as easily as you can lay down a blanket and enjoy a wine and cheese lunch with your significant other. More....

Imagery Estate Winery Glen Ellen - The vibe at Imagery is one of wine, art, and nature. Imagery is a biodynamic winery so a huge emphasis is placed on preserving and embracing nature. Nature lovers will love walking the grounds to discover and encounter the bio-diversity. The tasting room is as much art gallery as it is wine bar as dozens and dozens of paintings adorn the walls. Imagery is known for its unique artist-commissioned wine labels so it is a must visit for label collectors. As for the wine, Imagery is a biodynamic farm with an emphasis on rare grapes and diversity in their wine offerings. More...

Benziger Family Winery Glen Ellen - Benziger is a must see destination spot for people planning a Sonoma winery tour. Beautiful, with a "Garden of Eden" feel to it, Benziger offers just about everything you can want in a winery experience with great wines, beautiful gardens, grand views, bio-diversity, hourly tours, picnic grounds, and even a playground for the kids. More....

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