The Best Wineries (and More) to Visit in Sonoma Right Now

12 / 2023 | by: Wine Enthusiast

The historic Old Redwood Highway, today known as Highway 101, takes you straight north out of San Francisco into Sonoma County wine country. It’s a mostly rural expanse comprising 19 wine appellations, with over 400 wineries dotting its hills and valleys. Bordered on the east by the Mayacamas Mountain range and on the west by the dramatic Pacific coastline, this gorgeous slice of California produces some of the world’s finest wine

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With so many enticing winery options, visitors might feel overwhelmed by choice. That’s why we went to the experts. We asked in-the-know locals about which spots are worth the slot on an itinerary, plus recommendations for noteworthy places to stay and eat nearby.

 

Repris Wines

Repris delivers an unforgettable tasting experience—its Moon Mountain Experience ($100 per person) includes a guided ATV tour to the top of Moon Mountain to taste under the trees and stroll through the vineyards, glass in hand. Afterward, guests explore some of California’s oldest wine caves, followed by a flight of Repris wine and small bites from an overflowing charcuterie board.

 

“Their winemaker, Erich Bradley, crafts wines that uphold a tradition dating back to the 1880s, when Cabernet Sauvignon was first planted on the mountain,” Hart raves.

 

Where to Eat: Folktable

This Sonoma eatery has a Bib Gourmand designation from the Michelin Guide, no doubt thanks to executive chef Casey Thompson, a former Top Chef contestant known for micro-seasonal, farm-to-table cuisine. Located in Cornerstone Sonoma, an outdoor marketplace filled with art galleries and antique shops, it’s gained popularity for inventive fare like crispy sunchokes served with anchovy cream and its ground brisket burger crowned with smoky bacon and melted bacon fat onions.

table full of delicious food and people eating main dish is a tray of bacon with dill pickles and some baby carrots radish and onion

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