(Closed) Best vineyards near San Francisco?

posted 10 years ago in San Francisco Bay Area
Post # 3
31 posts
  • Wedding: February 2008

You MUST go to V Sattui, have a tri tip sandwhich {if you eat meat} or have one of their fabulous fruit and cheese platter and a bottle of Gamay Rouge.


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Good luck and Congrats!

Post # 4
31 posts
  • Wedding: September 2008

If you will be staying in SF I would suggest going to Sonoma. There are TONS of wineries there and wine is pretty affordable. Napa is ok…it is just very overpriced and not too many quaint vineyards for tasting. If you want to venture out to the east bay there is always Livermore. They have some great places for tastings and most of them are free of charge.



Post # 5
67 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2008

Viansa is at the base of the Sonoma Valley (runs parallel to the Napa Valley), so I’d stick to Sonoma wineries.  Very near Viansa is Cline, which is pretty good and the Gloria Ferrer champagne caves.  I’d definitely recommend going there. 

For a little bit of geography, Sonoma is about 45 minutes or so north of San Francisco.  The great thing is that you’ll have to driver over the Golden Gate Bridge to get there, which is kind of fun.  On your way out of town, there is a vista point on the other side of the bridge.  Make some time to stop off.  There’s a parking lot and it’s on the right side, so getting off and on will be easy.  If the weather cooperates, you’ll get an amazing view of the skyline.  It’s been foggy here the last week or so, so maybe not.  Oh yeah–bring cold weather clothing!  "The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco."  

Have a great honeymoon.  This is such a great city–I know you’ll have a fabulous time!

Post # 7
7081 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

I’m a big fan of V. Sattui and Beaulieu

Post # 8
24 posts
  • Wedding: June 2009

Here are some of my favorites in Napa: Hall, Peju, Miner Family Vineyards, Nickel & Nickel,Franciscan, Merryvale, Rombauer, Salvestrin, St. Supery, Stag’s Leap, Tres Sabores ( yummy zinfandel!) Cakebread Cellars some of the best white wine!,Domaine Chandon is a champagne house and has beautiful views and you can sit outside.

In Sonoma… I second Gloria Ferrer (they are also known for their sparkling wine and they have gorgeous views on their patio) Also, Ferrari-Carano, Kunde, La Crema,Nicholson Ranch,Meeker, and Gary Farrel.

I know I have listed alot, but this way you have options. You will realistically only visit a few of these but at least you have options. Also, some of these are by appointment only so you may need to call ahead. Have fun and feel free to PM me if you have any questions.

Post # 9
65 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I’m a bit late, but if anyone else wants to know suggestions I have some.

Someone mentioned that it’s better to check out Sonoma rather than Napa, and I second that wholeheartedly.  It’s much more laid back and less crowded, not as touristy as Napa.  Most wineries around there don’t charge a fee for tastings.

 Favorites (all in or near Healdsburg):

Seghesio, Frank Family Vineyards, Armida, Hop Kiln (mostly for the location), Sausal

It’s also fun to travel to Glen Ellen, where Jack London lived.  There’s a tasting room somewhere around there? 

 If you want to venture further north on a very beautiful drive towards Mendocino, some of the best ever wineries are right along Hwy 128 in the Anderson Valley.

Favorites:  Navarro, Lazy Creek, Husch, Handley, Scharffenberger, Roederer

 Ah… I moved to Southern California and truly miss those places!

Post # 10
228 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

If your in Sonoma also check out Ravenswood and Sebastiani

Post # 11
233 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2018 - Hotel Vitale

I am piping in. Mr. Peep has worked in Sonoma in wine and olive oil for the last 12 years so we spend a lot of time up in this area.

I’d recommend Larson Family after Viansa (very close by), and Domaine Carneros for a little bubbly- it is on the way to Napa and well worth a visit- a totally romantic spot (and I’ve seen a few engagements on the deck).

If you make it up to Napa- you Must visit the Vintner’s collective- you could have lunch across the street at Pizza Azuro where Mr. Peep and I went on our first date. I second Frank Family, and also recommend a small winery called VJB.

If you have a second day: I’d most highly recommend visiting Healdsburg and check out Unti, Dutcher’s Crossing, J, and the Family Wineries of Dry Creek. And check out the square and eat at Scopa for dinner!! One of the best/romantic meals EVER!! 

Whatever you do, don’t plan on more than 4 wineries in one day. And choose an area: Sonoma, Napa, Healdsburg, or Anderson Valley (Navaro may be my favorite of all time).

It’s a huge area with tons of places to go, so pick a small area and stick with it.

Finally, if you go to Carmel you have to stay the night- otherwise it will just be too much driving. And eat at Casanova or La Bicycletta!! Amazing!! And totally romantic. 

PS if you want some olive oil after Viansa take a quick trip to the Olive Press next door 😉 

Post # 12
115 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Oooh, great suggestions everyone.  I live in Sonoma and did a rundown on local spots for winetasting, as well as lodging and food, on my blog here.  Hope it helps!

Post # 13
10 posts
  • Wedding: October 2007

I second Sonoma. The area around Healdsburg is my favorite. And Ferrari-Carrano is by far the most beautiful vineyard, with the best wines. It’s an absolute must.

Post # 14
10 posts
  • Wedding: October 2007

second try on the photo…


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