The 14 Best Small Production Wineries in Sonoma County

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  • on JUNE 17, 2015
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Sonoma County is home to big names in wine, but sometimes, you’re just looking for something with a limited release that you won’t typically find at your local grocery store. Below is a selection of some of the best small production wineries in Sonoma County.

Family Winery from Vine to Bottle

Image Source: Mounts Family Winery

Mounts Family Winery
3901 Wine Creek Rd
Healdsburg, CA 95448
(707) 292-8148
Yelp: 4.5 stars, 24 reviews

The Mounts family comes from a multi generational line of winegrowers with a passion for making wine. This wonderful family will truly make you feel like you are their newest family member. Visit this winery to enjoy wines in their backyard with a rustic barn and inviting atmosphere.

Insider tip: Be sure to try the Grenache and Cabernet Franc.

Pinot Heaven

Image Source: Papapietro Perry Winery

Papapietro Perry Winery
4791 Dry Creek Road
Healdsburg, CA 95448
(707) 433-0422
Yelp: 4 stars, 58 reviews

Papapietro Perry, a small family owned winery, is a can’t miss destination for Pinot Noir lovers. Their Pinot Noirs have great body with clean flavors. The staff is friendly and the location offers great access to a collection of other small wineries.

Insider tip: Call ahead to reserve their Pinots on the Patio experience if for wonderful wine and cheese pairings.

Small, Handcrafted Winemaking

Image Source: Homewood Winery Yelp

Homewood Winery
23120 Burndale Rd
Sonoma, CA 95476
(707) 996-6353
Yelp: 4 stars, 79 reviews

It doesn’t get much smaller than Homewood Winery. Owner Dave Homewood says he’s keeping his operation as close to a one man winery as he can. Homewood’s mission is remain small and maintain a hand crafted winemaking approach.

Insider tip: Try the Zinfandel and Merlot Ports, and enjoy the winery’s small picnic area.

An Underground Winery

Image Source: Kim Carroll Photography and Wine Director’s Diary

Fritz Underground Winery
24691 Dutcher Creek Rd
Cloverdale, CA 95425
(707) 894-3389
Yelp: 4 stars, 43 reviews

Built underground in the rolling hills of the Dry Creek Valley, Fritz Underground Winery is a cozy stop off the beaten path. Don’t let its elusiveness fool you though, this small winery can certainly get busy. Come early, or call ahead, to make sure you’ll have a spot to enjoy their wines.

Insider tip: Be sure to leave enough time for a stroll in the garden after you’ve enjoyed their impressive Chardonnay and decadent Late Harvest Zinfandel.

Sustainable Family Wine Production

Image Source: Bump Wine Cellars

BUMP Wine Cellars
521 Broadway Ste A
Sonoma, CA 95476
(707) 228-9214
Yelp: 5 stars, 24 reviews

This family owned and operated boutique wine producer in Sonoma offers small lot, single vineyard wines. Grapes are harvested from sustainably farmed vineyards throughout Sonoma County. Owners Georgie and Mieko opened the doors of their downtown Sonoma location in early 2015.

Insider tip: These award winning wines are known to sell out, be sure to taste them while you can!

Fantastic Wines with Hollywood Flair

Image Source: Kamen Estate Wines Yelp

Kamen Estate Wines
111 E Napa St Ste B
Sonoma, CA 95476
(707) 938-7292
Yelp: 4.5 stars, 25 reviews

Looking for a small tasting room near downtown Sonoma? This small winery offers an incredible Cabernet paired with beautiful hillside views.

Insider tip: Owner Robert Kamen is a screenwriter and quotes from movies, including The Karate Kid, are prominently featured on the winery’s walls.

Casual and Dog Friendly

Image Source: Adobe Road Winery

Adobe Road Winery
481 1st St W
Sonoma, CA 95476
(707) 939-9099
Yelp: 4 stars, 40 reviews

Adobe Road Winery offers a casual, backyard feel for visitors, and excellent wine to boot. Be sure to taste the Zinfandels and Sauvignon Blanc, and try your hand at bocce ball on the winery’s court.

Insider tip: The winery is dog friendly, so feel free to bring your four legged friend along too!

Cozy and Convenient

Image Source: Roche Winery & Vineyards Facebook and Yelp

Roche Winery & Vineyards
122 W Spain St
Sonoma, CA 95476
(707) 931-1994
Yelp: 4 stars, 40 reviews

Small, cozy, and right off Sonoma Square, Roche Winery is family owned and a relaxing spot to visit.

Insider tip: Try the bottled wine as well as the barreled, and keep an eye out for their late harvest Merlot.

Family Owned and Friendly

Image Source: Hawkes Winery & Vineyards and Hawkes Winery & Vineyards Facebook

Hawkes Vineyards and Winery
6734 Hwy 128
Healdsburg, CA 95448
(707) 433-4295
Yelp: 4 stars, 42 reviews

A father and son operation, Hawkes Vineyards and Winery has inviting locations in both Alexander Valley and in downtown Sonoma. Hawkes specializes in small production wines, particularly Cabernet Sauvignon. Consider joining their wine club, as the winery has limited production and reserves their best bottles for members.

Insider tip: Their Alexander Valley location is perfect if you want to be out in the vineyards, while the Sonoma location is perfect for exploring the town.

Friendly and Comfortable Atmosphere

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R2 Wine Co.
654 Broadway
Sonoma, CA 95476
(707) 933-1330
Yelp: 4 stars, 24 reviews

R2 Wine Co.’s small setting makes it feel like home, and the friendly service is inviting too. The outdoor shaded areas are especially relaxing. Try their signature Black Pine Pinot Noir, and if you’re hungry the winery offers snack options.

Insider tip: If you want to explore Sonoma more after your experience at R2 Wine Co. pedicabs can often be found out front!

Award Winning Small Lot Wines

Image Source: Peter Cellars Yelp

Peter Cellars
21708 Broadway
Sonoma, CA 95476
(707) 400-8344
Yelp: 5 stars, 27 reviews

Peter Cellars is among a small set of Sonoma wineries with case productions under 5,000, and in fact, this winery produces only 1,200 cases per year. The Syrah and Chardonnay in particular stand out as being very well balanced. Remember to call for an appointment, bring a picnic and save time to play bocce ball.

Insider tip: The Peter Cellars Carneros Estate property features a vineyard walk and the estate dog, Rupert the golden retriever, is likely to join you while looking at the incredible views.

Cozy Tasting Room with Great Hospitality

Image Source: Westwood Estate

Westwood Estate
11 E Napa St Ste 3
Sonoma, CA 95476
(707) 933-7837
Yelp: 4.5 stars, 88 reviews

Westwood Estate’s tasting room is small and cozy, so be sure to make reservations in advance. Stay here long enough, and you might find yourself thinking you’re just visiting a friend’s house. Staff are knowledgeable, friendly, and excited to share their wines.

Insider tip: Try their Pinot Noir from their Annadel Gap Vineyard, whether you’re a fan of the variety or not, Westwood just might make you a believer.

Exclusive Small Production Wine Selection

Image Source: BRYTER Estates Yelp

BRYTER Estates
25 E Napa St E
Sonoma, CA 95476
(707) 501-8757
Yelp: 4.5 stars, 37 reviews

The world just feels a little brighter in this tasting room. Featuring award winning small production family wines, BRYTER’s selection is sold exclusively through their tasting room and wine club. Expect a friendly smile and warm greeting, in addition to award winning wines.

Insider tip: The Cabernet Sauvignon is lush, juicy and would pair wonderfully with dark chocolate truffles.

As you start to plan your next Sonoma Wine Country visit, let us know your favorites in the comments below!