A day/weekend/week long trip in Sonoma and/or Napa is always a good idea.
Sonoma County area is my personal favorite if you’re looking to winery hop. A lot of my favorite wineries are in the Dry Creek area around Healdsburg. You won’t go wrong driving down Dry Creek Road and stopping at any of the wineries along your drive but here are a few of my favorites in Sonoma County…
Bella Vineyards & Wine Caves – Super fun for groups or individuals. They have a flight tasting that comes with a homemade peanut butter cup. yum! They have a ton of picnic tables set up (you can bring your own food – no food for sale). It’s also on a hill which makes for some great Sonoma views.
Truett Hurst Winery – Also great for groups and a ton of nice tables to bring food to. They sell a few snacks as well here (although they are right around the corner from dry creek general store which has amazing food). Beautiful gardens and a river in the back with a bunch of lawn chairs makes it a really relaxing winery.
Lambert Bridge Winery – Beautiful architecture and landscaping. Tons of tables to sit outside on. Awesome red wine selection. They also have a food and wine pairing that you have to reserve ahead of time. It was a nice little tasting, but I think it’s just better to come for the wines and bring your own food.
Francis Ford Coppola Winery – Beware – this is a more commercial winery. But a fun stop if you want to see a few collectible items from his movies. Also has a large swimming pool that is often pretty crowded but open for day passes.
Dry Creek General Store – The coolest old school general store. Tons of awesome cheeses and snacks, deli sandwiches etc to bring with you to any of the wineries above. yum!!
Jacuzzi – this is a pretty commercial winery and maybe a cheesy recommendation. But it has stunning views and free wine and olive oil tastings which make it awesome in my book (I’m frugal and a sucker for pretty views) and is only about 30 minute drive outside SF. The staff are super friendly and always accommodating. One time when friends and I brought a picnic lunch here they set us up with a free bottle of wine outside!
Gundlach Bundschu Winery – This place does get busy. But I like their wines and their caves were cool! They also host some fun events including an outdoor concert and annual movie night.
Domain Carneros – Also commercial but stunning views and a beautiful patio.
The two cutest towns in Sonoma are Downtown Sonoma and Healdsburg. Both have a quaint downtown square, a few nice restaurants and tasting rooms if you’re strolling around and shopping.