Everyone I know constantly asks me about the best wine estates to visit and classic tours. Domaine Carneros does a great job of explaining how sparkling wine is made; Castello d’Amorosa is a hoot for the castle visit and the moat; and Jordan is a class act on a number of levels.
The Old School winery does a solid library tasting complete with older vintages and small snacks from the chef. In the fall they also offer a harvest lunch, which features lots of vegetables fresh from the estate’s garden. They also do an estate tour, that allows guests to visit some of the more remote areas of the property.
Guests get to check out the estate’s donkeys, cows and olive trees and pick fresh figs and other vegetables from the garden. The winery’s land is enormous and offers incredible views of the Sonoma Valley. Guests, obviously, also get chance to taste some of the winery’s elegant Chardonnays and Cabernet Sauvignons in beautiful settings. One of the stops is by a lake, another is on a hill with an amazing view. All are paired with lovely small bites throughout the tour. Groups are small and the tours are offered through mid November.
Liza the Wine Chick