10 Sonoma County Wineries with Beautiful Views

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  • by DAISY BARRINGER
  • on OCTOBER 9, 2023
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10 Sonoma County Wineries with Beautiful Views

By Daisy Barringer October 9, 2023

It’s just a fact that vino tastes even better when accompanied by views, and while there’s not a winery in Sonoma County that doesn’t offer something beautiful or interesting to look at, there are a few that take stunning views to new heights. Whether it’s rolling hills, a patchwork of vineyards, dramatic mountain backdrops, or gorgeous gardens, these wineries are amongst some of the most beautiful you’ll find in Wine Country.

1474 Alexander Valley Road, Healdsburg, CA 95448, (707) 431-5250

Jordan’s Estate Tour & Tasting is one of the most spectacular experiences available in Sonoma County and includes some of the best views. You’ll begin at the ivy-covered chateau, which in and of itself is an impressive sight, before boarding a luxury coach that will drive you around the 1,200-acre Alexander Valley estate to visit gardens, lakes, and vineyards. Then, you’ll stop at a hilltop where you’ll taste Jordan’s French-inspired Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon, as well as estate olive oil and an array of food pairings, all while enjoying panoramic views of vineyards, the Mayacamas Mountains, the Russian River, and Mount St. Helena.

Insider Tip: It’s worth it to join Jordan’s rewards program, which, with every dollar spent, earns you points to redeem towards intimate tastings, dinner parties, and even overnight stays in the opulent guest accommodations.

Gloria Ferrer
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23555 Arnold Drive, Sonoma, CA 95476, (707) 933-1986

Just a hop, skip, and a jump from the bustling streets of San Francisco lies a sparkling gem: Gloria Ferrer, located right at the gateway of Sonoma County in the Carneros AVA. Besides the array of expertly crafted sparkling wine, you can expect culinary pairings that will make your taste buds dance, not to mention beautiful views from the serene tasting terrace (aptly named the Vista Terrace). While the views are certainly photo worthy, the best way to experience the beautiful surroundings is to book the Vineyard Excursion, which will have you venturing through the pristine vineyard from the comfort of the club cart.

Insider Tip: If you’re a serious bubbly fan, try the Extended Tirage Experience, which will take you on a delightful tasting journey through several vintage Gloria Ferrer wines, including extended tirage library offerings that showcase the complexity of aged bubbly.

Iron Horse Vineyards
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9786 Ross Station Road, Sebastopol, CA 95472, (707) 887-1507

Tucked away in the heart of Sonoma’s Green Valley, Iron Horse Vineyards is a family-owned destination that bubbles with charm—quite literally! Renowned for their exquisite wines, particularly their sparkling wines, what truly sets Iron Horse apart isn’t just the effervescence in the wines, but also the one that surrounds it. From their casual outdoor “tasting room,” you’re treated to panoramic vistas of undulating vineyards, merging into the distant horizon. It’s especially dreamy when the cooling Pacific influences roll in and cover the vineyards with a soft blanket of fog.

Insider Tip: Iron Horse makes a wide range of sparkling wines in different styles, as well as specialty bottles that celebrate everything from love and weddings to summer and harvest. They also produce several sparkling wines that benefit worthy causes, such as Maui and the protection of our oceans. Simply put: there’s something for everyone, so it’s a great place to stock up on gifts.

MacRostie Winery
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4605 Westside Road, Healdsburg, CA 95448, (707) 473-9303

Noted for producing Sonoma wines that embody elegance and finesse, MacRostie Winery isn’t just about great wine—the stunning tasting room is a marvel in its own right. From the tastefully decorated, contemporary space, floor-to-ceiling windows frame expansive views of the surrounding vineyards… and what’s not to love about wine with a view?

Insider Tip: Though the winery is most known for its Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wines from different sites throughout Sonoma County, MacRostie makes a small amount of red wines from Napa Valley grapes, like the popular Clockwise Red Blend, which is, quick frankly, a wise buy.

Chateau St. Jean
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8555 Sonoma Highway, Kenwood, CA 95452, (707) 257-5784

Chateau St. Jean has everything you could possibly want if what you want is beautiful surroundings. There’s the elegant 1920s chateau, which was originally built as a summer home for a family from Michigan. If you want to experience the two-story historic home, you’ll need to partake in one of the reserve wine tastings (or get married there). Outside of the stunning chateau, you’ll find vineyard views with a mountain backdrop and rustic Mediterranean-style gardens. The garden, bound by tightly clipped hedges, has water features, alcoves with benches and tables, and gorgeous blooms.

Insider Tip: Join the wine club for access to a members-only patio with vineyard views and exclusive tastings, or for another unique experience, book the “Dejeuner au Chateau” estate lunch. You’ll be treated to a picnic lunch, complete with a personally selected half bottle of wine per person, and a private dining area—the perfect way to get a slice of the beautiful Chateau grounds all to yourself.

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

Though a long way from the garage it started in over 35 years ago, Papapietro Perry Winery’s humble roots are still evident today, thanks to its down-to-earth tasting room outside of Healdsburg. Known for its authentic wines, welcoming vibe, and friendly service, it’s easy to enjoy a tasting at Papapietro Perry, but it’s the stunning views that really take it up a notch. Enjoy the sights of Dry Creek Valley from the tasting deck—the ideal place to sip Sonoma Pinot Noir and nosh on charcuterie.

Insider Tip: Try to schedule your visit during the week or in the earlier hours of the weekend. Not only will you beat the weekend rush, but the serene ambiance of the Dry Creek Valley in the quieter hours perfectly complements their delightful wines.

8761 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg, CA 95448, (707) 433-6700

Looking for a Tuscan-inspired escape, but don’t want to pay for the plane ticket to Italy? Head to Ferrari-Carano, one of the most magical wineries in Sonoma known for its full-bodied Chardonnay and its delicate Fumé Blanc. The Dry Creek Valley estate has amazing vineyard views, which are best enjoyed during a tasting on the Il Terrazzo Terrace just steps away from where the grapes are grown, but the true magic unfolds during a stroll through the five acres of enchanting gardens. It’s there you’ll find meandering paths that cross footbridges across flowing streams, waterfalls that flow into fish-filled ponds, bronze sculptures from world-renowned artists such as Dennis Smith, Douglas Van Howd and Jane DeDecker, and over 2,000 species of trees and shrubs (all marked so you can learn about them as you go).

Insider Tip: It’s beautiful there all times of year, but it’s most stunning in the spring when over 10,000 tulips and daffodils are in bloom.

St. Francis Winery
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100 Pythian Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95409, (707) 833-0242

St. Francis Winery & Vineyard’s Tuscan-inspired estate is bordered by the Mayacamas Mountains with gorgeous views of Sonoma Valley and Hood Mountain. Take the one and a half mile self-guided “Vineyard Adventure” tour that winds throughout the property and is marked with educational signs that explain the wine, the terroir, and the sustainable farming practices (and enjoy the many great photo opps). After, spring for either the Estate Pairings or an Artisan Flight Wine Tasting, since both of those take place on the patio with vineyard and mountain views.

Insider Tip: The Estate Dining Room not only offers remarkable views, but also one of the best wine and food pairings in Sonoma. Hello, five courses of delectable food with wine! Visiting during the summer is a treat, but if you find yourself here in the winter, reserve the 2pm seating so you can catch the sunset at the end of your meal.

Gary Farrell Winery
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10701 Westside Road, Healdsburg, CA 95448, (707) 473-2909

Thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows and comfortable seating, there’s not a bad seat inside of Gary Farrell’s contemporary tasting room that sits atop a ridge overlooking the Russian River Valley. If you really want to soak in the sweeping views of the vineyards and redwoods, though, the place to be is on the outdoor terrace. There, you can relax on oversized couches while you sip wine and realize whatever stresses you had were left somewhere on the steep driveway as you arrived. We recommend leaving them there on your way back out.

Insider Tip: Gary Farrell was a pioneer in Russian River Valley Pinot Noir and helped bring it to the world stage. Don’t leave the vineyard without buying a bottle (or case) of the richly textured and elegant wine that put this vineyard on the map. And, if you’re passionate about Sonoma Pinot Noir, consider the Exploration Tour & Tasting where you’ll have the chance to sample some of their exquisite Pinot Noirs, alongside other single vineyard wines.

Kunde Family Winery
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9825 Sonoma Highway, Kenwood, CA 95452, (707) 833-5501

If you want to truly experience the incredible views of Sonoma Valley at Kunde Family Winery, you will need to make a reservation for the Mountain Top Tasting, a two-hour journey that begins in a private cave and is followed by a tour of the estate in a luxury coach. The experience culminates with a stop at the tasting deck, set at 1,400 feet, where you’ll be able to see views of Sonoma stretching towards San Francisco, as well as rolling hills and the surrounding vineyards, all under the shade of oak trees. Keep in mind that this particular tasting experience is only available April through November.

Insider Tip: Kunde offers several hikes throughout the year, including a dog hike where you and your pup will walk from the valley floor up into the Mayacamas Mountain range before enjoying a wine tasting and lunch.