Sonoma County: Best Wineries to Take in a View

There are some Sonoma wineries that simply have the good fortune of being located in a prime spot for visitors to take in a grand view. IntoWine.com has scoured Sonoma County to find the wineries that are worth checking out if only for the view. The list below is in no particular order.

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Marimar Torres Estate Sebastopol - Nestled in the rolling hills of western Sonoma County, Marimar Torres Estate off the beaten path for winery hoppers but worth the trek out of the way. The grounds and the views at Marimar Torres are splendid, particularly during the Spring/Autumn seasonal changes. 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.

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Gloria Ferrer Champagne Caves Sonoma (City) - Crisp, elegant, and professional as opposed to warm and relaxed, the building itself consists of a winery, tasting room, and plenty of rooms for private events. The views from the terrace embody the image of the sprawling Sonoma vineyard. More...

Nicholson Ranch Sonoma (City) - Nicholson Ranch is on the elegant side. It rests on top of a hill close to the border of Napa and Sonoma with vineyards surrounding it for seemingly as far as the eye can see. Nicholson has a Southwestern look and feel to it. More...

Viansa Winery Sonoma (City) - Viansa offers a gourmet Italian style deli to go with the tasting room and the common theme is for visitors to pair great wine with great food. Plenty of picnic tables exist and an expansive green lawn awaits those looking to spend an afternoon sipping wine under the Sonoma sun. Public tastings are offered as are tours. A huge white "tent style building" exists for those looking to host events at Viansa. 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....

Arrowood Vineyards & Winery Glen Ellen - Informal but educational. An ideal place for the wine curious who want to learn about wine in an unpretentious environment. Arrowood is a cute country farm house with a nice view of the vineyards. 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...

Gary Farrell Winery and Tasting Room Healdsburg - Resting on a hilltop in the shadow of tall Redwood trees, Gary Farrell is a fine tasting experience -particularly the Pinots- and offers a picturesque view across the valley. Local art adorns the walls of the tasting room. More...

Ridge Vineyards - Lytton Springs Healdsburg - Ridge Vineyard's is committed to being an eco-friendly winery. They have an eco-sustainable tasting room made out of rice straw bales. More...

Rochioli Vineyards and Winery Healdsburg - A gorgeous view, particularly in Autumn, of the vineyards off their tasting room patio which may be ideal for small group picnics. 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....