There are some amazing Napa and Sonoma winery experiences that offer more than a simple wine tasting. And I am not the only one that feels that way. In fact, Sonoma Magazine just explored 11 unique winery experiences here in wine country. My five favs include:
1) Portal to the Middle Ages at Castello di Amorosa, Calistoga
Dario Sattui, a 4th generation vintner and the man behind Castello di Amorosa, is known around town as a modern-day Don Quixote. That’s because he built a medieval-style Tuscan castle in Napa Valley as a place to showcase his wines. The 107 room, 8 level, 121,000 square foot castle is complete with drawbridge, secret passageways, torture chamber and, of course, tasting rooms. Guided tours give full access to the castle, and include a private tasting.
2) Gondola Glides to the Tune of Old English Bells at Sterling Vineyards, Calistoga
You must check out the one-of-a-kind aerial tram tour that glides you on a 360 degree scenic ride up a tree covered hill to Sterling Vineyards. Once you reach the summit, you can explore the chalk-white stucco, multi-veranda winery. It was Inspired by the Greek villages on the island of Mykonos where Sterling founder, Peter Newton, once lived. I adore the winery’s towers that feature 8 bells from London’s Church of St. Dunstan’s-in-the-East.
3) Lavender Fields at Matanzas Creek Winery, Santa Rosa
Wine enthusiasts and lavender lovers are drawn to Matanzas Creek Winery in Bennett Valley. Why? For the wine, of course, but also because the winery overlooks fields of lavender farmed organically. Not only can guests enjoy the smells, but they can also take home barn dried bundles of blossoms. Or they can purchase culinary, bath, body and home products made with the fragrant bundles in the winery’s lavender market. Don’t forget to try the winery’s Sauvignon Blanc!
4) Cabernet on a Cable Car, Sonoma Valley Wine Trolley
The Sonoma Valley Wine Trolley, built from the blueprints of an 1890’s San Francisco cable car, offers a six-hour ride through Sonoma Valley. The journey makes a handful of stops at local wineries for exclusive, private tasting experiences. Besides delicious wines, you’ll also enjoy a picnic lunch from the girl & the fig, as well as views of the bucolic wine country landscape.
5) Horsing Around in the Vines, Triple Creek Horse Outfit at Jack London State Park
Triple Creek Horse Outfit in Glen Ellen offers guided horseback tours at Jack London State Historic Park, located in the magical Valley of the Moon. Inside the park, fine riding trails meander through Jack and Charmian London’s Beauty Ranch, winding around acres of vineyards, through open oak woodlands and under shady groves of majestic redwoods. When your ride is over, stay for the complimentary wine tasting at neighboring Benziger Family Winery.
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