Whether or not you know the difference between sparkling wine and Champagne (hint: Champagne is a region in France and only sparkling wine from that region can be called “Champagne”) the method of transforming a still wine into a sparkling one is rich with history. Korbel Champagne Cellars, which was founded in 1882, is one of America’s most historic sparkling houses. Treat yourself to a free tour of their cellars and museum, offered hourly beginning at 11 a.m., with the last group leaving at 3 p.m. Each visit finishes with a tasting from Korbel’s iconic portfolio that’ll have you and strangers toasting away like it’s New Year’s Eve.
Make sure to check out their garden—it’s planted with over 250 varieties of roses.
Korbel Champagne Cellars lies right outside Guerneville. Continue east through downtown on River Road. After approximately 3 miles, Korbel will be on the left.