California Wine Country for All Ages

Family-Friendly Wine Tastings
Estate Room at Chateau Montelena Winery, Calistoga, Napa Valley
Visit the stunning Estate Room at Chateau Montelena Winery, Calistoga, Napa Valley. (courtesy, Chateau Montelena Winery)

Many wineries not only welcome children, they often offer a little something for the kiddos while you sip and swirl. Make a wine-tasting adventure really kid-friendly by biking between tasting rooms. Spoke Folk (Healdsburg, CA) rents bikes (and baby trailers) to explore the Alexander, Dry Creek, and Russian River appellations.

Sonoma Valley Wineries
Cornerstone Place (Sonoma, CA) marries wine, food, art, and gardens to appeal to the entire clan. Known mostly as a landscape architecture gallery, it's a great place to allow the kids to run free while mom and dad sip at one of the four tasting rooms on site. They serve food as well. Local families are already in on this charming secret.

Landmark Vineyards (Kenwood, CA) offers Bocce ball, Croquet, horse drawn carriage rides, summer music festivals, and tributes to John Deere (the owner is a descendent), all while you sip their award-winning Chardonnay.

Also check out Larson Family Winery (Sonoma, CA), Rosso & Bianco (Geyserville, CA), and Quivira (Healdsburg, CA).

Napa Valley Wineries
Castello di Amorosa (Calistoga, CA) invites families with children over age ten to tour this 12th-century Tuscan castle winery. Explore some of the 107 rooms, 900 feet of caves, Italian frescoes, a drawbridge, dungeon and torture chambers, the medieval church, and a peaceful lake.

Chateau Montelena (Calistoga, CA) put Napa Valley on the world's wine map. Today you can taste award-winning Cabernet while the kids feed the migrating birds in the lake.

Robert Sinskey Vineyards (Napa, CA) serves biodynamic wines in a casual tasting room (or on the patio overlooking the valley). Their koi pond, along with the gardens and nearby horses, delights kids of all ages.

Other family-friendly Napa wineries include Alpha Omega (St. Helena, CA), Sterling (Calistoga, CA), Artesa (Napa, CA), Clos Pegase (Calistoga, CA), and Domaine Chandon (Yountville, CA).

Published: 3 Aug 2009 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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