Tom Larson still owns the winery and they are not in distribution. You'll have to buy the wines at their winery so bring a lunch.
Estate Winery - Wine Tastings $5 - $10 (for a Reserve Tasting)
Founded in 1980, Schug Carneros Estate Winery is the showcase and life-long dream of one of California's most celebrated winemakers.
Drawing on his long experience in the production of fine wines in Germany and as founding Winemaker for Joseph Phelps in California, Walter set up the winery so that he could focus on the Pinot Noir that had always been close to his heart.
Walter and Gertrud were joined by their son Axel in 1989 who has directed the sales and growth of the winery in the ensuing years and is currently the managing partner. In 1995 Sonoma native Mike Cox joined the team as Winemaker with Walter Schug now overseeing the business as Winemaster. Nestled in the hills of the cool, marine climate of the Carneros Appellation, the winery continues to operate as a family enterprise dedicated to Walter's original passion for graceful and elegant Pinot Noirs.
If you have ever dreamed of owning a vineyard, making your own wine,
developing a brand or just having your own wine label, The Wine Foundry is
your turn-key destination for making it happen.
You can start with our existing wine and label library to customize bottles
for any occasion, or you can experience your own fully custom small-batch
production from start to finish. The Wine Foundry takes you through the
entire process from grape to bottle with everything you need, including the
compliance structure if you choose to use the wine to launch a commercial
brand. Our award-winning winemakers work with you on a wine making plan,
crafting a custom wine tailored to your palate.
When the process nears completion, join our winemakers for your blending session to place the finishing touches that build your unique imprint. Our award-winning designers help capture your style and the story of your wine with a custom-designed label and packaging ensemble. At the culmination of your experience, we invite you to participate in the bottling process to see the first bottle of your own creation as it rolls off of the bottling line.
Don't live in California? Location is not a problem as we have clients spanning the globe from Europe to Asia. Our clients choose to participate in the steps they want and leave the rest to us. The process is entirely customizable to your preferences!
We welcome enthusiasts making wine to enjoy with friends, family or business colleagues -- or maybe you want to launch your own commercial brand, and we can help with that too.
Cline Cellars - Wine Tastings $0
In 1991, Fred and his wife Nancy relocated the winery from Oakley to the Carneros region of Sonoma County on a historic 350-acre estate with new vineyards and facilities.
Here Fred pioneered the planting of Rhone varietals including Syrah, Viognier, Marsanne and Roussanne.
Gloria Ferrer - Wine Tastings $10
Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards is the gateway to Sonoma Wine Country, located 40 miles north of San Francisco at the southern tip of the county.
While our wines are pure California, our culture is a charismatic blend of vibrant Spanish tradition and casual Sonoma County elegance providing the ideal entry point for a California wine country experience with a global twist.
Guests are encouraged to savor the breathtaking views of Carneros vineyards from our Vista Terrace, while sipping a glass of Gloria Ferrer sparkling or estate varietal wine.
In the tasting room, guests can enjoy all of our sparkling and estate varietal wines side by side. Savory local and Spanish delicacies are available to pair with wine purchases.
Estate olive trees can be viewed from the terrace, and the award-winning oil made from these olives is sold exclusively in the tasting room.
Vineyards - Wine Tastings $0
Under magnificent pieces of Italian art, Venetian-style glass chandeliers and handmade furnishings, visitors to the winery can sample Jacuzzi Family Vineyards wines free of charge.
There are many different varietals to taste and purchase, including Barbera, Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot Grigio, Pinot Noir, Primitivo and Sangiovese.
Nestled in the southern foothills of the Sonoma Valley, the vineyards of Nicholson Ranch are planted in one of the world's most prized grape-growing regions.
- Wine Tastings $10-$20
With over a century of winemaking experience in Sonoma, Sebastiani Vineyards & Winery focuses on crafting small lots of super-premium wines from the great growing regions of Sonoma County.
This has helped Sebastiani Vinyards become one of California's most highly praised and awarded wineries for its Bordeaux and Burgundian varietals.
Viansa Winery & Vineyards
- Wine Tastings $5-$10
Idyllically situated on a hilltop at the entrance to the legendary Sonoma Valley, Viansa Winery & Marketplace naturally embodies the proud history of local winemaking.
With its distinctive Italian atmosphere and charming Old World architecture, Viansa Winery & Marketplace is a tribute to the early Italian immigrants who brought their winemaking traditions to Sonoma Valley.
Surrounded by vineyards, flower gardens and olive groves, and modeled after the charming, centuries-old villas that dot the Tuscan landscape, the main winery building appears to have been magically transported from the Italian countryside.
Painstakingly crafted from authentic materials and boasting signature details like hand-painted interior frescoes depicting peasant life in the Tuscan countryside, Viansa's Villa has the power to whisk visitors away to romantic Italy - if only for an hour or two.
Meticulously landscaped grounds planted with imported Italian cypresses and stone pines, lovely terraces overlooking Sonoma Valley and classic imported Italian statuary beautifully complete the picture.