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Best Sonoma Wineries to Visit This Winter

Winter in Wine Country means less crowded rural roads and tasting rooms.

The grape harvest has wrapped up and the holidays are approaching. This time of year, many tasting rooms are unique shopping destinations for selecting wine and wine-themed gifts for the vino aficionados on your holiday list. Click through the above gallery for new and tried-and-true places to visit. A few wineries are planning holiday open houses — check websites for the most up-to-date information.

Editor’s Note: Travel, dining and wine tasting can be complicated right now. Use our inspirational ideas to plan ahead for your next outing, be it this week or next year. If you visit restaurants, wineries, and other businesses during the pandemic, remember to call ahead, make reservations, wear a mask and social distance.

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2 thoughts on “Best Sonoma Wineries to Visit This Winter

  1. I have no idea how the editors selected the wineries on this list. Many of the tastings seem disproportionately expensive. My own picks:

    (1) Cline Cellars (Sonoma): Some of the best values in Sonoma County; (2) Mayo Family Winery Reserve Room (Kenwood): Excellent food and wine pairing, good wines, very nice people; (3) Matanzas Creek Winery (Santa Rosa): gorgeous setting, great wines, nice wine-cheese pairing; (4) Donum WInery (Sonoma): superb pinot noir, fabulous, world-class, monumental outdoor sculpture. And here’s a wild-card: The Fig Cafe and Wine Bar in Glen Ellen offers flights of 3 or 4 wines. Three tastes, $10; four tastes, $12. Along with a great, reasonably-priced menu, and some of the nicest servers anywhere!

    1. Thank You for these more affordable options!

      My friend and I (her in Chicago, me in Savannah) will be coming to Sonoma early January. First trip. We are trying to narrow down wineries, how to get around w/out driving. Also, restaurants. Any ideas would be welcome if you don’t mind – Marie

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