Sonoma County: Best Wineries for History Buffs

Interested in the history behind Sonoma County and the evolution of the wines you are tasting? IntoWine.com has scoured Sonoma County to find the wineries that devote attention to the history of Sonoma wine country. The list below is in no particular order.

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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...

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.

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....

Martin Ray Winery Santa Rosa - Established in 1881 as the Twin Fir Winery, Martin Ray Winery is the oldest winery in continuous operation in Sonoma County (the winery remained operational during prohibition by selling sacramental wines). The winery retains much of its old time look to this day and it feels like a step back in time when you enter the grounds. More...

Hop Kiln Winery Healdsburg - A historic landmark, Hop Kiln Winery is a destination spot for all wine loving history buffs. Visually impressive, this is a good place for a small group picnic or for anyone looking to buy some gourmet food. The tasting room/gift shop is stocked full of meats, cheeses, spreads and the like. More...

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