Top 10 Wineries in Sonoma, California

Vacation-rental website FlipKey, a partner of Away.com, picks ten of Northern California’s best wineries. If you aren’t a wine connoisseur yet, visiting one of these vineyards might make you change your tune.
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Vineyard in Autumn, Sonoma, California
Vineyard in Autumn, Sonoma, California  (Hemera)

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Whether you decide to bike from vineyard to vineyard, hire a driver, or simply enjoy the “house wine” grown where you’re staying, you are bound to fall in love with the vineyards of Sonoma, California. It’s easy to get overwhelmed in this beautiful wine country, so let this guide to the region’s top 10 wineries point you in the right direction.

1. Audelssa
Pronounced “aw-del-suh” and named after the owners three daughters, Audrey, Chelsea and Alyssa, this vineyard’s atmosphere is quaint and intimate. At its winery in town, Audelssa maintains a fantastic private tasting room that is large enough to host 10 people comfortably. Up along the mountainside, the winery offers a cave tour with 18,000 square feet of wine to explore. Take this tour to learn how wines evolve over time. The wine itself never disappoints–especially the Tephra.

2. Viansa
Looking for a vineyard to host a wedding? Look no further. Sitting on a hilltop, Viansa offers unbelievable views of Sonoma Valley. In fact, Viansa received the 2012 Wedding Wire’s Bride’s Choice Award, solidifying this setting’s status as the perfect backdrop for a wedding ceremony. However, you don’t need to visit Viansa just because you’re getting married or attending a wedding. The scenery and wine alone will make you want to come back again and again.

3. Viader
Speaking of views… this vineyard will blow you away. Once you enter the Viader winery, walk toward the back and onto the terrace. You will immediately feel like you’re on top of the world looking at miles and miles of vines. Viader is situated on top of Howell Mountain, 1,200 feet above Napa Valley. You’ll literally want to do nothing more than just sit and sip wine here all day.

4. B.Wise Vineyards
At B.Wise Vineyards, you get a lot more than just a wine tasting… this experience includes a once-in-a-lifetime cave adventure. Let yourself wander leisurely inside; good things are waiting whichever way you turn. When you make your way out of the cave, you’ll step out onto Moon Mountain and can look onto the valley of Sonoma below. Even though you found your way out of the cave, you might want to stay and get lost in the miles of various colors of grapes.

5. Imagery
If you’re interested in fine things in addition to wine, visit Imagery to really enhance your artistic viewpoint. Not only will you experience delicious wine (at the very reasonable tasting cost of $10), but you’ll also have the luxury of taking in artwork from international artists. Mark this as a “must see” so you can satisfy all your interests in one trip.

Published: 24 Sep 2012
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication
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