8 Small Production Wineries in Sonoma County

By Jen Schmitz March 8, 2023

While Sonoma County is home to many big names in wine, sometimes you just want to find something a little more unique or less mainstream. These Sonoma wineries offer limited release bottles that typically can only be found with a visit to their local tasting rooms, where you can sip, savor, and enjoy something truly out of the ordinary in Wine Country.

Even if you can’t make it in person, most of these small-production wineries offer their wines online — especially handy if you’ve gotten used to sipping at home after the pandemic or just want to try something new before your next trip to Sonoma County.

Moshin Vineyards
Calling all Pinot Lovers! Photo Courtesy of Moshin Vineyards.

Moshin Vineyards is one of the best-kept secrets in the Russian River, where premium wines express the unique characteristics of the region. Founded by Rick Moshin and his family, this small Healdsburg area winery puts sustainability front and center, from their sustainable farming practices to their gravity-flow, solar powered winery. Though they focus on estate Pinot Noir, they also make a wide variety of Sonoma County wines, including Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Zinfandel, to name a few, which can be enjoyed amid the relaxed environment of their inviting tasting room.

10295 Westside Road, Healdsburg, CA 95448, (707) 433-5499

Garden Creek Vineyards
Your experience begins with a walk through the historic vines. Photo Courtesy of Garden Creek Vineyards.

This beautiful Alexander Valley winery is owned by husband-and-wife team, Justin and Karin, who both grew up in Sonoma County. In 1969, Justin’s father planted Cabernet Sauvignon on the property, recognizing the potential for grapes to thrive in the valley, and today, Justin and Karin continue the tradition of growing grapes on the same land, making wine under their Garden Creek label they founded in 2001. Visiting this family winery is a special experience, where private tastings begin with a walk through the historic vines, where you’ll learn about the soils and farming practices, followed by a tasting of perfectly aged wines amidst the candlelight of the barrel room.

2335 Geysers Road, Geyserville, CA 95441, (707) 433-8345

Wellington Cellars
Wellington Cellars, known for its estate wines produced from over 100-year-old vines. Photo Courtesy of Facebook: Wellington Cellars.

In 2014, the Belmontes purchased Wellington Vineyards, a winery known for its estate wines produced from over 100-year-old vines. The Belmontes stay true to the values of the family-owned winery with its small lot and hand-crafted wines made exclusively from the 24-acre estate. You can experience Wellington Vineyards at their Outdoor Bar Tasting or with their Vineyard Reserve and Tasting Tour, which includes a seated tasting in the vineyard with a cheese and salami board.

11600 Dunbar Road, Glen Ellen, CA 95442, (707) 934-8604

Hawkes Vineyards and Winery
Hawkes Vineyards and Winery : visit the Healdsburg vineyard location. Photo Courtesy of the winery.

A father and son operation, Hawkes Vineyards and Winery has inviting locations in both Healdsburg and in downtown Sonoma making it easy to stop in and try their wines. And for over 40 years, they’ve been growing grapes in the Alexander Valley and have specialized in small-production wines, particularly Cabernet Sauvignon. Many of their wines are limited production and reserved for club members, but they do have wines available online should you be interested in trying them at home.

6734 Highway 128, Healdsburg, CA 95448, (707) 433-4295

BUMP Cellars
Check out the chic tasting room on the Sonoma Square. Photo Courtesy of BUMP Wine Cellars .

Charmingly named after the family matriarch, BUMP Wine Cellars is family-owned and operated boutique wine producer in Sonoma offering small-lot, single-vineyard wines out of their chic, Sonoma Square tasting room. Since 2008, they’ve been crafting award-winning bottles with winemaker and owner Geordie Carr at the helm, and welcome their guests to explore “a true representation of varietal character and a sense of place” with every glass.

521 Broadway, Suite A, Sonoma, CA 95476, (707) 228-9215

DaVero Farms
Discover the Farm Tasting Experience. Photo Courtesy of DaVero | Barbara Fitzgerald.

A sip of 1994 Paolo Bea Sagrantino di Montefalco at dinner at an Italian restaurant in New York City back in 1999 would set the wheels in motion for the creation of DaVero Farms & Winery, located in the heart of Sonoma’s Dry Creek Valley. “I’m going to plant this grape, and make this wine,” said Founder Ridge Evers at the time. And so he did. In addition to Sagrantino, visitors can find a selection of Sonoma County wines produced from Italian grape varieties that also thrive in California’s Mediterranean climate. The “Discover the Farm” tasting is the winery’s signature experience, which includes a walking tour of the estate vineyards and gardens, as well as an introduction to DaVero’s regenerative and biodynamic farming practices, and a meet-and-greet with the winery’s resident farm animals. The tour concludes with a seated tasting of small-lot wines coupled with seasonal food pairings, estate olive oils, and 15-year aged balsamic vinegar.

766 Westside Road, Healdsburg, CA 95448, (707) 431-8000

Sojourn Cellars

Sojourn Cellars
Sojourn Cellars' tasting room is located just off the Sonoma Plaza. Photo Courtesy of Sojourn Cellars | Cat Purcell.

Since 2001, Sojourn Cellars has been crafting top-quality wines from top vineyards across Sonoma County. To experience their renowned wines, head to their inviting tasting salon located just off the historic Plaza in downtown Sonoma. Seated tastings are conducted in a comparative style, allowing you to sample their Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Cabernet Sauvignon side by side and appreciate the subtle differences in flavor that stem from each varietal’s unique growing region.

141 East Napa Street, Sonoma, CA 95476, (707) 938-7212

Papapietro Perry Winery

Papapietro Perry Winery
An authentic wine tasting experience awaits at Papapietro Perry Winery. Photo Courtesy of Facebook: Papapietro Perry Winery

Papapietro Perry Winery has definitely experienced growth from the experimental beginnings in Ben Papapietro’s San Francisco garage more than 35 years ago. Yet, despite now having a tasting room and a loyal following, Ben and founding partner and co-winemaker, Bruce Perry, continue to produce quality wines that pay homage to their humble beginnings by taking a minimalist approach to winemaking. Known for being “authentic, not pretentious,” a visit to Papapietro Perry Winery is an extension of the founders’ down-to-earth vibes and appreciation for wine and food, where you can sip acclaimed Pinot Noir and nibble on charcuterie while admiring the views of the Dry Creek Valley.

4791 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg, CA 95448, (707) 433-0422