With over 400 wineries to choose from, navigating Sonoma Valley is sometimes hard, but it doesn't need to be. Below, we’ve created a guide on 12 of the best wineries in Sonoma, Glen Ellen, and Kenwood. However, if you are thirsty for more, download our free Sonoma Valley Vacation Guide. It is full recommendations on wineries, restaurants, entertainment, and more!
12 Great Wineries in Sonoma, Glen Ellen, & Kenwood
Pangloss Cellars handcrafts their wines using Old World techniques. Their tasting room is an elegant, 116-year-old, restored historic building on Sonoma Plaza. It is the perfect destination for a romantic night out in the heart of downtown. Pangloss offers a wide selection and variety of wines, but they are especially known for their exceptional pinot noirs.
SIGH. Champagne & Sparkling
If pinot noir isn’t your thing, then we have you covered. Make your way over to SIGH Sonoma! It was recently named one of the “Top 25 Wine Bars in the Country” by Travel & Leisure. They offer a variety of quality champagne and sparkling wines. We recommend visiting Monday through Friday from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. During these times, guests can order flights!
Three Sticks Wines
Wine tasting at The Sticks Wines is a Sonoma tradition since 1842! Their newest home is the historic Vallejo-Casteñada Adobe in downtown Sonoma. It is one of the town’s few remaining buildings from California's Mexican Period. Three Sticks offers an intimate tasting experience filled with many special touches. Visitors must make advanced reservations at the Adobe.
Westwood Estate Wines
Westwood Estate Wines is the place to go for an in-depth glimpse into the winemaking process. Each tasting experience focuses on grape-growing, wine-making, and the nuances of terroir. Come for a flight and stay for the stories!
Glen Ellen Wineries
Imagery Estate Winery
The wine at Imagery Estate Winery is limited only by your imagination. Most wineries take a traditional approach to winemaking, but Imagery Estate is full of creative and expressive wines. In preparation of your visit, check the winery’s calendar. Wine and food events are always on the schedule!
Arrowood Vineyards and Winery
Located in the historic Sonoma Valley, Arrowood Vineyards & Winery is a must for lovers of cabernet sauvignon! It is the signature wine that they are most famous for, but their menu offers several other varietals as well. Our favorite way to enjoy a visit is with a picnic on the veranda. We recommend filling your basket at a nearby bakery or cafe in Glen Ellen!
Surrounded by five acres of gorgeous estate vineyard, Loxton Cellars is full of beautiful scenery. Tours are available every weekend, but during grape wine season, from September to October, they are available daily. It is an incredible way to catch the excitement of harvest and learn about the nuances of the winemaking process.
In 2018, Benziger Winery was voted "Best Tasting Room & Best Tour” by Sonoma People’s Choice Awards. Learn what makes Benziger Winery stand out from the competition on their Biodynamic wine tour. This tour offers a behind-the-scenes look at the vineyards and explores the winery’s unique farming practices. It also includes an introduction to the farm animals who make it all possible! You can also look forward to a special wine tasting at the conclusion of your tour.
No list of Glen Ellen wineries is complete without Talisman Wines. They are famous for their exceptional pinot noirs! Their cozy tasting room is ideal for a personalized tasting experience. Reservations are suggested.
MacLeod Family Vineyard
For a laidback tasting experience that feels like visiting an old friend, head over to MacLeod Family Vineyard. This family vineyard was born in 1974 out of a family’s mutual love for wine and Sonoma Valley’s beautiful land. This private vineyard offers a vast selection of reds and whites. Visitors must make advanced reservations.
Kunde Family Winery
If you would like to incorporate some exercise into your Wine Country vacation, then Kunde Family Winery is the solution. This estate consists of a stunning 1,850 acres. While several wine tasting experiences are available, one of the most popular options is the Hike & Taste. During this tour, visitors embark on a fun and casual hike through Kunde’s vast estate. The hike concludes in the tasting room with wine samples.
Muscardini Cellars is positioned on Sonoma’s wine tasting trail, Sonoma Highway. Here, you will find small batches of wine in an intimate setting. In addition to their award-winning wines, local food trucks, events, and celebrations are always on the weekend calendar.
VJB Vineyard & Cellars
When you visit VJB Vineyard & Cellars, come prepared with an appetite! This winery celebrated their 18th harvest in 2018. While they are young, their wines have already won accolades from across the region. A special aspect of VJB Vineyard & Cellars is their phenomenal food menu. You will find savory cheeses and salami, wood-fired pizzas, green salads, and even wine truffles!
Tips For Your Trip
- If you plan to embark on a vineyard tour, we recommend wearing comfortable walking shoes. Heeled shoes are discouraged.
- A few small tastes at a winery add up, and you may taste more than you planned. Always have a designated driver.
- Wine tours are a great option if you aren’t sure where to start! We recommend Terrific Tours, Platypus Wine Tours, and Beau Wine Tours.
Your Wine Country Getaway Awaits
When you plan a trip to Wine Country, only the best will do. Make the most of your getaway with a stay at Olea Hotel. Our boutique hotel is situated on the hillside of Sonoma Valley, surrounded by oak and olive trees. It is the perfect setting for a Wine Country sunset after a day of tasting at the region’s wineries!
When you book any of our elegant rooms, like the Lower King Room, you can look forward to amazing amenities, packages, and top-notch service. Daily gourmet breakfast, spa services, weekend wine tastings, and an outdoor pool and hot tub are a few perks that our guests enjoy. When you are ready to plan your next vacation, check our current specials and book your stay today. We can’t wait to welcome you to Sonoma Valley Wine Country!
Pair your wine tasting experience with dinner at one of the area’s top restaurants. Read our blog on Glen Ellen restaurants to learn more.