The 8 Most Unique Winery Tours in Healdsburg

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  • on JULY 20, 2016
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With so many fantastic regions to choose from in Northern California’s famous Wine Country, it can be difficult to navigate the landscape. While Napa may be the most prominent name among wine enthusiasts for wineries and tasting rooms, Sonoma County is equally rich with world-class opportunities to try great wine. We have put together a list of must visit wineries in Healdsburg that offer a less common tasting experience.

Mountain High Chardonnay

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Stonestreet Estate Vineyards
7111 Healdsburg Ave
Healdsburg, CA 95448
(800) 355-8008
TripAdvisor: 5 Stars, 29 Reviews
Reservations: Recommended

Adventurous wine tasters will want to seek out Stonestreet Estate Vineyards in Alexander Valley and sign up for the private mountain excursion tour. Hop in the 4×4, and be whisked through the estate climbing higher and higher above the valley, as you are educated on how elevation affects the grape growing process. Guests are treated to a lunch at the top of the mountain along with samples of estate wines.

Insider tip: If you don’t have time to visit the winery, Stonestreet has a tasting room right on the Healdsburg Square.

A Learning Experience

Hawley-Vineyards
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Hawley Wine
6387 West Dry Creek Rd
Healdsburg, CA 95448
(707) 431-2715
TripAdvisor: 5 Stars, 5 Reviews
Reservations: Required

Tucked away in the heart of Dry Creek Valley sits the Hawley Wine. While wine tasters can visit their tasting room in downtown Healdsburg near the plaza, we recommend calling and reserving a tour of the winery itself. Walk the grounds and learn about the growing and wine making process and meet members of the Hawley family.

Insider tip: Book a reservation for the blending class and learn first-hand how the winemakers create their complex wines.

Sustainable Farming

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Quivira Vineyards
4900 West Dry Creek Rd
Healdsburg, CA 95448
(707) 431-8333
TripAdvisor: 4.5 Stars, 52 Reviews
Reservations: Not required

As one of the Pioneers in biodynamic agricultural farming practices, Quivira Winery prides itself in sustaining and producing healthy grapes and garden produce year after year. With sweeping views of Dry Creek Valley, Quivira is a great place to spend an afternoon. Grab a handy map of the vineyard for a self-guided tour, and then head to the tasting room for the delicious Sauvignon Blanc.

Insider tip: Quivira’s vineyard tour includes walking the grounds, the garden, and the wine cellar. Be sure to wear sturdy shoes and clothing that you don’t mind getting a bit dusty.

Pack a Picnic

Preston-Vineyards
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Preston Farm and Winery
9282 West Dry Creek Rd
Healdsburg, CA 95448
(707) 433-3372
TripAdvisor: 4.5 Stars, 72 Reviews
Reservations: Not required

Roughly 10 miles north of downtown Healdsburg, across Dry Creek Valley, wine lovers will find one of the most celebrated wineries in the county: Preston of Dry Creek. Much more than just a winery, Preston is also an organic farm complete with a vegetable and produce store where guests can purchase fresh edibles to accompany the wine and explore the grounds. Notable wines include the Mourvèdre and Carignane. If you prefer white, try the Madame Preston.

Insider tip: Try the fresh sourdough bread baked on site at Preston. It’s worth the trip alone.

River Valley Views

Moshin-Vineyards
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Moshin Vineyards
10295 Westside Rd
Healdsburg, CA 95448
(707) 433-5499
TripAdvisor: 5 Stars, 12 Reviews
Reservations: Not required for tasting

Perhaps one of the lesser-known wineries in Healdsburg, located just between the Dry Creek and Russian River Valleys, is Moshin Vineyards. Boasting a unique four-tier gravity flow winemaking system, Moshin Vineyards quietly, yet consistently, turns out award-winning Pinot Noir, much to the delight of locals and visitors alike. Wine making enthusiasts can take a guided tour of the gravity flow system and learn all about the process while sampling the product itself.

Insider tip: When you plan your visit, check the winery’s website. During summer months Moshin Vineyards hosts outdoor movie screenings on the crush pad.

Explore the Estate

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Jordan Vineyard and Winery
1474 Alexander Valley Rd
Healdsburg, CA 95448
(707) 431-5250
TripAdvisor: 5 Stars, 157 Reviews
Reservations: Required

Hailed as one of the most well-rounded wine tasting experiences in Healdsburg, Jordan Vineyards and Winery offers several tour options to fit any budget along with plenty of great wine to taste. Guests can opt for the seated wine and food pairing library tour, hosted in the Chateau, or spring for the full tour of the Chateau in addition to the pairing with the winery and library tour. We recommend the estate tour and tasting where guests are driven by a tour guide beyond the walls of Jordan Chateau, where they’re shown the expanse of the Jordan Estate.

Insider tip: Be sure to make reservations well ahead of time, as tour groups are kept small to maintain an intimate experience at Jordan Vineyard and Winery.

Sample the Flavors of Dry Creek Valley

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Michel-Schlumberger
4155 Wine Creek Rd
Healdsburg, CA 95448
(707) 433-7427
TripAdvisor: 4.5 Stars, 71 Reviews
Reservations: Recommended

Foodies and wine lovers will want to pay a visit to Michel-Schlumberger. There are three tasting experiences to choose from, all focusing on pairing high-quality chef creations with award-winning wines. Try the five course food and wine pairing, or for those seeking a more extensive experience, sign up for the vineyard and estate tour, where up to seven guests pile into a large golf cart and are shuttled around the grounds.

Insider tip: Be sure to try the charcuterie plate along with the 2012 “Faux Pas” for a non-traditional yet delicious blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah grapes.

Taste History

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Bacigalupi Vineyards
4374 Westside Rd
Healdsburg, CA 95448
(707) 473-0123
TripAdvisor: 5 Stars, 13 Reviews
Reservations: Not required

At Bacigalupi Vineyards, it’s a family affair, and you are invited to be a part of it. Though a bit off of the beaten path, this charming little winery puts out some of the finest Chardonnay in all of northern California and is well worth the effort to find it. Wine history fans will appreciate that Bacigalupi Vineyards played a large part in putting northern California wines on the international map.

Insider tip: Visitors can walk through the Chardonnay vineyard and see vines used in the famous Chateau Montelena Chardonnay that won in the 1976 Judgment of Paris.

In a land so abundant with wine tasting experiences, Healdsburg is a superb destination for adventurous tasters looking to expand their knowledge of agriculture and sustainable winemaking processes while tasting the best Sonoma County has to offer.
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