Northern CA winery recommendations

This is my running list of wineries that I've visited in the region. Ratings mostly reflect how I feel about the wines rather than the tasting experience.


Worth a visit

Anthill Farms Winery

Anthill is known for its Pinots so it's recommended for any fans. The tasting space is a building in a complex with a bunch of others so…

Aperture Cellars

While the winery has been producing for a while, they just opened their tasting room in 2020. A minimalist structure that dedicates a lot…

Hartford Family Winery

Beautiful, homey tasting room along with an optional cave tour. Quintessential Sonoma coast Pinots.

Ridge Vineyards - Lytton Springs

This is a must-visit for any zinfandel fans. The tasting room is quite spartan with only a few tables outside so the focus is all about…

Williams Selyem Winery

WS is a venerable Pinot house that has been producing excellent wines for a very long time.

Kelly Fleming Wines

The winery is a beautiful French farmhouse-inspired building not too far off the road. Very comfortable and can hold larger groups. Great…

Texture Wines

This is a downtown tasting experience, complete with small food pairings, that is fun and intimate. It's located in the back of the…

Chateau St. Jean Winery

Beautiful grounds, ordinary wines. This is a great place for large groups/tours that may also be looking for food.

Grgich Hills Estate

One of the winner from the Judgement of Paris, the Grgich tasting room is worth stopping by to try their excellent whites. It's quite busy…

If you have time

Stony Hill Vineyard

The winery is located up the mountain, where you'll encounter a fantastic residence/tasting space that is very comfortable to relax in,…

Cain Vineyard & Winery

A rather posh tasting experience, way up the mountain at their estate, but the wines themselves were nothing special.

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