Dutch transplants Walter Byck and Marijke Hoenselaar founded Paradise Ridge Winery in 1994 in the Russian River Valley. Employing environmentally sensitive, sustainable, organic farming techniques, the winery creates handcrafted Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir vineyard designate wines. Their grounds are just as impressive, with larger than life sculptures in Marijke’s Grove—aesthetically pleasing, and a dynamite spot for parents looking for a place to let kids wander.
With the purchase of a bottle of wine, guests are permitted to picnic on the veranda. Make the deal even sweeter by grabbing some lunch at Oliver’s Market on the way there.
Take exit 492 from US-101. Follow Fountaingrove Pkwy. to Thomas Lake Harris Drive, then turn right onto Mendocino Ave. Turn left onto Fountaingrove Pkwy., then left onto Thomas Lake Harris Drive.