One of the largest wineries in the United States and still family-owned, Kendall-Jackson has vineyards on close to 11,000 acres. Visiting their Fulton winery is a little like stepping onto a European estate; the tasting room is grandiose and the gardens are well manicured. But don't expect a quiet experience. Being one of the largest wineries in the U.S., Kendall-Jackson attracts many visitors to its elegant property.
While there are some wines you can only get at the winery, KJ's flagship wine remains its readily available Chardonnay. The 2011 Grand Reserve is made from grapes sourced from both Monterey and Santa Barbara Counties. The color is golden, the texture is buttery and the aromas are tropical fruit with a whiff of lemon.
The sensory gardens on the property deserve a visit, displaying both the aromas of each grape as well as the best pairings with each grape. Between the estate and the sensory gardens is a display vineyard garden, that provides a lovely walk for visitors interested in seeing less common grape varieties such as Pinot Meunier, Gewurztraminer, Mouvedre, Petite Sirah and Semillon.
The Fulton Kendall-Jackson tasting room is open every day from 10 to 5.