Tour 4: Great Red Wines in Sonoma Valley, with Art & Gifts
Note: The map and tour are at odds over the first winery. The map shows Arrowood but the tour shows Kenwood. In terms of a great gift shop we would go with Kenwood. Arrowood is a nice tasting but a bit generic.
Buy a picnic at the Sonoma Plaza (page 30) to enjoy at the Landmark Winery. Take Highway 12 north from the Sonoma Plaza. There will be a traffic light at the intersection of Arnold Drive. At the next light turn right into the Kenwood Vineyards driveway.
Kenwood Vineyards Winery 9592 Sonoma Hwy. Kenwood
A rambling, ranch style building with a nice staff, well made wines and fun gifts. A big tasting bar so even on busy days there’s plenty of room for visitors. A deli cooler and more importantly chocolate! Picnic tables and pretty grounds with a pleasant view of the vineyards and town of Kenwood. Hrs: 10-4:30 TF: $ Wines: Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Zinfandel, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Gewürztraminer.
Directions: Turn right onto Highway 12, at Adobe Canyon Road turn right, and then left into the Landmark driveway. The winery sits on the corner of Highway 12. About 5 minutes.
Landmark Winery, 101 Adobe Canyon Rd. Kenwood. This is owned by members of the John Deere Family. A lovely little winery specializing in Burgundy & Rhone wines. There are even model John Deere tractors in the charming gift shop. Nice gardens for picnics besides the bocce courts.
A Cave Tasting!Very high quality, Biodynamic/Organic winery. To reach their tasting area, you walk through their outside winery, jammed packed with tanks, sorters and presses. Very cool!. Hrs: 10:30-4:30 TF: $$ Wines: Blends, Meritage, Cab, Chard, Dessert Wine, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Sangiovese, Sauv Blanc, Syrah, Zin, Grapeseed Oil
Directions: Turn right onto Highway 12, at Madrone turn right, and the VOM winery is on the right side: 6 miles, 10 minutes.
Valley of the Moon Winery, 777 Madrone Rd. Glen Ellen. This is a big, spacious winery with a nice gift shop and friendly staff. It is surrounded by land that has been growing grapes since the 1800’s. Good wines that are also a good value. Hrs: 10-4:30 Tours at 10:30 & 2 TF: $$ Wines: Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Sangiovese, Barbera, Syrah, Zinfandel, Old Vine Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Cuvee de la Luna, Sparklers, Vintage Port.
Directions: Return to Hwy 12 and follow that south to reach the Sonoma Plaza. Or, to avoid Saturday traffic take Arnold south to the T intersection, turn left and stay straight to Hwy 37, bear right to Hwy 101 back to the city. Follow the signs. All roads lead to San Francisco, or at least most of them.
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