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We consider ourselves very fortunate to live in Sonoma County, which is so natural and beautiful. It also has a strong and proud history of agriculture including many artisan craftspeople. Renowned for Olive Oils, Cheeses and Wines, there are so many activities to choose from, it can be difficult to decide where to start. Here are some suggestions.

Wineries to Visit
There are many choices and we realize you may have your own list. These are our favorites for a variety of reasons and we hope if you have time, you'll check a few of them out.

» Sonoma Valley, Bennett Valley Area

Benziger Family Winery
The estate vineyards are all biodynamic - certified since 2000. They offer a tram tour and explain what biodynamic means and their methods and results.
Daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m except major holidays.
1883 London Ranch Road, Glen Ellen

Imagery Estate Winery
Many wines of new varietals and varietals from little known grape regions. In 2001, the Demeter Association certified the 20-acre Imagery estate Biodynamic. The adjacent 40-acre Sunny Slope Vineyard, on which the Benzigers hold a 30-year lease, is in transition and will achieve Biodynamic certification in 2006.
14335 Hwy 12 Glen Ellen

Kaz Winery
Their winery/tasting room, in Kenwood, open Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday (or by appointment) is typically staffed by one of the Kaz's. The wines are made in small lots of one to four barrels and they specialize in Complex Reds, Bold Blends, Rare Varietals and Ports like you've never seen.
233 Adobe Canyon Rd., Kenwood
(877) 833-2536

Gloria Ferrer Champagne Caves
One of our favorite sparkling wines.
23555 Highway 121, Sonoma

» Dry Creek Valley, Healdsburg Area

A. Rafanelli Winery
Appointment is needed - a favorite Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel
4685 West Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg, (707) 433-1385

David Coffaro Vineyard & Winery
Very fun wines - these people love to make good wine!
7485 Dry Creek Road, Geyserville

Frick Winery
Delightful experience - Rhone varietals
23072 Walling Road

Seghesio Family Vineyards
Edoardo Seghesio, planted his first vineyard in Sonoma county's Alexander Valley in 1895. Today, his grandsons and great- grandsons continue his legacy. You must try their excellent Zinfandels. Very available on restaurant menus and we all know how nice it is to find something on a menu you're already familiar with.
14730 Grove Street, Healdsburg

Thumbprint Cellars
Very original wines including some delightful blends.
102 Matheson Street, Healdsburg

» Russian River, West Sonoma County Area

Joseph Swan Vineyards
Very special Russian River Valley wines.
Trenton Road, Forestville

» And the Oldest Wineries in the County...
Buena Vista Winery
Founded in 1857, Buena Vista is California's oldest premium winery. Just outside the town of Sonoma, the original winery is open for tasting June through October.
18000 Old Winery Road, Sonoma

Sebastiani Vineyards & Winery
One of the original Sonoma Valley Wineries - Winery tours, historical tours, trolley tours.
(707) 933-3230, 389 Fourth St. E., Sonoma

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