Travel Along the Pinot Trail

The Prince's favorite wineries to visit and wine country lodging and restaurant suggestions organized by region. Invaluable information for your next trip not available from any other source.


Along the Pinot Trail with the Prince

If you fall in love with Pinot Noir, you will eventually be drawn to visit pinocentric regions and notable Pinot Noir producers. I have compiled an extensive listing of Recommended Wineries to Visit (Prince Drank Here), Lodging (Prince Slept Here) and restaurants (Prince Ate Here) to enhance your wine country journeys. This invaluable reference is organized by region for California and Oregon and will be updated periodically. Relevant websites for further research are included.

General Advice

Prince Drank Here: Many Pinot Noir producers are small and have no tasting rooms. For those wineries that have tasting rooms, the location and hours of operation are listed. Many wineries now charge a small tasting fee, usually $5-$10 per person, which often includes a tasting glass. Reserve level wines may cost more to taste. A personalized tour and tasting by appointment is usually preferable. It is common courtesy to purchase some wine after an appointed tour and tasting unless you found the wines very disappointing. Call ahead and confirm your appointment the day of the visit. Be sure to have good driving directions and allow extra driving time so you arrive on time. Be courteous and phone if delayed. Plan to spend 1 to 2 hours at each winery for an appointed tour and tasting. Wear appropriate clothing including shoes for walking in the vineyard and winery and coats for tasting inside the winery. Wear darkly colored clothes Pinot Noir stains lightly colored clothing! Dont be afraid to ask what seem like stupid questions remember, you dont grow or make wine, just enjoy drinking it. When visiting wineries daylong, eat food throughout the day and drink plenty of water. Learn to taste by spitting and swallow only what you truly enjoy. Consider a designated driver or some form of chauffeured transportation. When you call to arrange an appointment, feel free to use my name or The PinotFile as a reference. If you need assistance in making an appointment or help with your itinerary, feel free to e-mail me and I will make every effort to insure that your experience is grand. The wineries I have recommended specialize in Pinot Noir and I believe they warrant your special attention. In some cases, I have listed additional wineries that you may find of interest as well.

Prince Slept Here: I have either stayed at or visited nearly all of the lodging recommendations. In general, the lodgings are toward the high end and do not include chain hotels. Remember that accommodations in many wine regions are limited and reservations must be made well in advance, particularly during the Spring and Summer. Winemakers and wine personnel are very busy from August until November and although the fall is a lovely time to visit, winery principals are often unavailable for personal tours and tastings during those months. Many wineries welcome volunteers at harvest and this is an experience to consider as it is truly exciting, educational and fulfilling.

Prince Ate Here: I have dined at one time or another at practically all of the restaurants recommended. Most restaurants in wine regions allow a diner to bring his or her own wine, assuming the wine is not on the wine list. However, most wine country restaurants feature an extensive lineup of local wines offering the visitor a great opportunity to sample the local Pinot Noirs. Reservations are a must during high tourist seasons (spring and summer).


I know that when I am looking to stay or eat in a region I have not visited, I discard the commercial reviews and look to reviews from everyday visitors. If you had a good or bad experience at a winery, with a particular lodging, or a restaurant, please e-mail the Prince at and let me know. This will help me advise others. At some point in the future, I will post these reviews by the Crew for others to read (anonymous if you prefer).

Disclaimer: I have no financial ties to any of the recommended wineries, restaurants or lodgings.


Anderson Valley, Mendocino County

Recommended Wineries to Visit

Anderson Valley is a 2 hour drive north of San Francisco. The town of Mendocino is a 45 minute picturesque but twisting drive from Anderson Valley. All of the Anderson Valley wineries are within 20-30 minutes driving distance.

Breggo Cellars
Address11001 Hwy 128, Boonville
Tasting Roomcall for hours
Production3,500 cases of primarily Pinot Noir
WinemakerRyan Hodgkins
OwnerDouglas Stewart
CommentsA newcomer with excellent Pinots
Claudia Springs Winery
Address2160 Guntly Rd, Philo
Production2,000 cases
OwnersClaudia and Robert Klindt
WinemakerRobert Klindt
CommentsRobert Klindt farms his own estate vineyard and crafts wine for Harmonique as well as his own label.
Demuth Winery
Address16125 Deer Meadows Rd., Boonville
Production900 cases
OwnersLyn & Chris Demuth
WinemakerChris Demuth
Comments16 acres owned, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
Drew Family Cellars
Address31351 Philo-Greenwood Rd, Elk
OwnersMolly and Jason Drew
WinemakerJason Drew
Production2,000 cases Pinot Noir and Syrah
CommentsTours and tasting by appointment.
Elke Vineyards
Address2210 N Third Ave, Napa
Production1,200 cases Pinot Noir, Rose
OwnersMary and Tom Elke
WinemakerTom Farella
CommentsFarm 50 acres, including Donnelly Creek Vnyd.
Address1200 Homes Ranch Road, Philo
OwnersSterling Family
WinemakerEric Sterling MD
CommentsTo visit, you must drive up a long gravel road (not meant for nice cars). The drive is worth it as the views of the Anderson Valley are spectacular. Bring a picnic lunch. Small tasting room. Tours and tasting by appointment. Esterlina farms the Cole Ranch AVA, at 253 acres, the smallest AVA in California.
Address9200 Hwy 128, Philo
OwnerDuckhorn Wine
WinemakerZach Rasmussen
Production12,000 cases, Pinot Noir exclusively
CommentsAlong with Roederer, one of the largest landowners in Anderson Valley (150 acres). Beautiful hospitality center and tasting room open 11-4 daily. Picnic facilities.
Handley Cellars
Address3151 hwy 128, Philo
OwnerMilla Handley
WinemakerMilla Handley
Production18,000 cases of multiple varietals.
Comments30 acres owned, 20 acres leased. Tasting room open 10-6 May-Oct, 10-5 Nov-April. Attractive tasting room with interesting art. Picnic facilities.
AddressPO Box 160, Albion
OwnersMoira and Bruce Conzelman
WinemakerRobert Klindt
Production500 cases, exclusively Pinot Noir
CommentsTerrific Pinot Noirs from a newer winery that plans that plans to expand production in future.
Husch Vineyards
Address4400 Hwy 128, Philo
OwnersVPs Amanda and Zack Robinson
WinemakerBrad Holstine
Production40,000 cases
Comments23 acres owned, 180 acres leased. Small, quaint tasting room open 10-6 summer, 10-5 winter.
Lazy Creek Vineyards
Address4741 Hwy 128, Philo
OwnersMary Beth and Josh Chandler
WinemakerJosh Chandler
Production3,000 cases Pinot Noir, Gewurztraminer, Rose
Comments8 acres owned. Tasting and tours by appointment. Very quaint and historical property with small tasting room. .
Londer Vineyards
Address4830 Monte Boyd Rd, Philo
OwnersShirlee and Larry Londer, MD and several partners
WinemakerRick Davis
Production5,000 cases Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer
Comments16 acres owned. Lovely country property and winery. Tours and tastings by appointment. Very welcoming people with a great wine lineup.
Navarro Vineyards
Address5601 Hwy 128, Philo
OwnersDeborah Cahn and Edward Bennett
WinemakerJim Klein
Production40,000 cases of multiple white varietals and Pinot Noir.
CommentsA pioneer in the Anderson Valley. 90 acres owned. Tasting room open 10-6 summer and 10-5 winter.
Phillips Hill Estates
Address25690 Philo Greenwood Road, Philo
OwnerToby Hill
WinemakerJohn Pope
CommentsTasting by appt. Pinot Noir exclusively.
Roederer Estate4501 Hwy 128, Philo
OwnersChampagne Louis Roederer
WinemakerAmaud Weyrich
Production92,000 cases
Comments460 acres owned, 120 acres leased. One of Californias preeminent sparkling wine producers. Still Pinot Noir is produced and sold in tasting room. Tasting room in a modern redwood barn is open daily 11-5.
Toulouse Vineyards
Address8001 Hwy 128, Philo
OwnersMaxine and Vern Boltz
WinemakerVern Boltz
Production1,500 cases Pinot Noir and Rose
Comments320 acres owned, 320 acres leased. Tasting room open most days 11-5 (call for hours).

Recommended Lodging

Albion River Inn
Address3790 N Hwy 1, Albion (Mendocino Coast)
CommentsExcellent restaurant. Very nice accommodations on coast with views of ocean. Highly recommended. 45 minute drive to Anderson Valley.
Apple Farm
Address18501 Philo-Greenwood Rd, Philo
Comments3 cottages, cooking classes. Former original owners of the French Laundry Restaurant. Also have a rental on the Mendocino Coast available: The Elk Cottage. Owners are John Schmitts parents (see Boonville Hotel). Store with many varieties of apples and apple cider.
Boonville Hotel
Address14050 Hwy !28, Boonville
Comments8 rooms, 1 bungalow. Sparse but adequate. Chef/owner John Schmitt has the hotel up for sale.
Greenwood Pier Inn
Address5928 S Hwy 1, Elk (Mendocino Coast)
CommentsVery quirky accommodations perched on cliffs overlooking breathtaking views of ocean. 45 minutes to Anderson Valley.
Highland Ranch
AddressPO Box 150, Philo
Comments100 year old farmhouse with 8 guest cottages. Horseback riding, swimming, tennis, and fishing.
Indian Creek Inn
Address9050 Hwy 128, Philo
CommentsQuite B&B adjacent to Goldeneye
MacCallum House Inn
Address45020 Albion St., Mendocino
CommentsIf you stay for three nights, one day is spent on a luxury wine tour of Anderson Valley transported in the Inns stretch SUV limousine or Lincoln Town Car. VIP tastings and discounted pricing on wine purchases, along with a gourmet picnic lunch. Grey Whale Bar & Café.
Philo Pottery Inn
Address8550 Hwy 128, Philo
CommentsA former stagecoach stop. Charming English-style garden.
Rendezvous Inn & Restaurant
Address647 N. Main St, Ft Bragg
CommentsA craftsman style B&B with 6 rooms. Top-rated in the Zagat Guide for food in North Coast. Chef Kim Badenhop is French trained and his food is exquisite. Highly recommended. 45 min drive from Anderson Valley.
The Harbor House Inn
Address5600 S Hwy 1, Elk (Mendocino Coast)
CommentsLodging and fine seaside dining 30 minutes south of the town of Mendocino.
The Other Place
AddressPO Box 49, Yorkville
CommentsA 550 acre ranch with several cottages.

Recommended Restaurants

Albion River Inn (see lodging)
Boonville Hotel (see lodging)
Café Beaujolais
Address961 Ukiah St, Mendocino
CommentsA Mendocino tradition
Address8651 Hwy 128, Philo
CommentsGreat Mexican food
Address14211 Hwy 128, Boonville
CommentsSimple but good café food
Rendevous Inn & Restaurant (see lodging)
There are a couple of small markets and taqueria trucks in Anderson Valley.

Russian River Valley, Sonoma County

Recommended Wineries to Visit

All of the wineries of the Russian River Valley are within a 20-30 minute drive. Plan to stay in Sebastopol, Santa Rosa, or Healdsburg. Bicycles are a good way to explore the region and travel to the wineries. Picnics are a must.

Benovia Winery
Address3339 Hartman Road, Santa Rosa
OwnerJoe Anderson
WinemakerMike Sullivan
Production2,500 cases Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Zinfandel
CommentsTours and tasting by appt. contact Bob Mosby at the winery phone number. Own 28 acres. Rental house on property (see lodging).
Brogan Cellars
Address3232B Dry Creek Rd, Healdsburg
Owner & WinemakerMargi Wierenga
CommentsTasting by appt. Pinot Noirs from Sonoma Coast, Russian River Valley and Anderson Valley. Chardonnay and Zinfandel. Est. 1998.
B Vineyards & Habitat
AddressGreen Valley District of Russian River Valley
OwnersGerald and Shaun Bybee
WinemakerSuzanne Hagens
CommentsTour and tasting by appt at owners residence. Pinot Noir and Rose from estate vineyard.
D’Argenzio Winery
Address1301 Cleveland Ave, #A, Santa Rosa
OwnerRichard D’Argenzio
WinemakerRaymond D’Argenzio
Production2,500 cases
CommentsTasting by appt. Pinot Noir, several other varietals. Est. 1997.
Davis Family Vineyards
Address52 Front St., Healdsburg
Owner & WinemakerGuy Davis
CommentsTasting room near Healdsburg town square on the Russian River. Picnic tables. Open Fri-Sun 11-5 or by appt. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet, Zinfandel, Sauvignon Blanc (from New Zealand), and olive oil.
De La Montanya Estate Vineyards & Winery
Address999 Foreman Lane, Healdsburg
OwnersDennis & Tina De La Montanya
WinemakersDennis De La Montanya, Michael Loykasek, and Tami Collins
Production4,500 cases Pinot Noir and several other varietals in small quantities
Comments115 acres owned, 15 acres leased. Tasting room open Sat and Sun 11-4:30, and by appt. Picnic grounds. Charming yellow cottage on the property for rent (see lodging). Est. 2003.
Dutton-Goldfield Winery
Address825 Gravenstein Hwy, Ste 3, Sebastopol
OwnersSteve Dutton and Dan Goldfield
WinemakerDan Goldfield
Production6,000 cases Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Syrah
CommentsTasting room open daily, 10-4, at 5700 Occidental Rd. (Balletto Ranch). Est. 1999.
EMTU Wines
AddressInquire by phone
OwnersJohn and Chris Mason
WinemakerJohn Mason
Production< 150 cases of Pinot Noir
CommentsTour and tasting by appt.
Eric Kent Cellars
Address1014 Hopper, #612, Santa Rosa
OwnersKent and Colleen Humphrey
WinemakerKent Humphrey
Production2,000 cases Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Syrah
CommentsTasting by appt. Est. 2003.
Freeman Vineyard & Winery
AddressPO Box 2250, Sebastopol
OwnersKen and Akiko Freeman
WinemakerEd Kurtzman
Production4,000 cases Pinot Noir, Chardonnay
CommentsTasting by appt. 10 acres owned, 30 acres leased. Est. 2001.
Inman Family Wines
Address5793 Skylane Blvd, Suite C, Windsor
OwnersSimon and Kathleen Inman
WinemakerKathleen Inman
CommentsPinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Rose. Rental home on the Olivet Grange Vineyard (see lodging). Tasting and tours by appt. Est. 2000.
Joseph Swan Vineyards
Address2916 Laguna Rd, Forestville
OwnersLynn and Rod Berglund
WinemakerRod Berglund
Production5,000 cases Pinot Noir, Syrah, Zinfandel
CommentsTasting room open weekends. 11 acres owned, 24 acres leased. Est. 1969.
Lynmar Winery
Address3909 Frei Rd, Sebastopol
OwnerLynn Fritz
WinemakerHugh Chapelle, Paul Hobbs (consulting)
Production12,000 cases Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Rose
CommentsTasting room and hospitality center open Fri-Mon 11-4. Hospitality salon features food and wine pairings. Beautiful setting and views. Tours by appt leased. Est. 1990.
Paradise Ridge Winery
Address4545 Thomas Lake Harris Dr, Santa Rosa
OwnerWalter Byck
WinemakerDan Barwick
Production5,000 cases of multiple varietals including Pinot Noir.
CommentsStunning views of the farmland of Santa Rosa from the tasting room and balconies. Picnic tables on balcony. Call for hours. Sculpture garden. Tours by appt. Multiple varietals including Pinot Noir. Est. 1994.
Pellegrini Family Vineyards
Address4055 W Olivet Rd., Santa Rosa
OwnerBob Pellegrini
WinemakerKevin Hamel
Production36,000 cases Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet, Zinfandel, and several other varietals.
CommentsTasting room inside winery open daily. Tours by appt. 130 acres owned including Olivet Lane Vineyard, a heritage vineyard. Est. 1933.
Russian Hill Winery
Address4525 Slusser Rd., Windsor
OwnersEd Gomez MD and Ellen Mack MD
WinemakerPatrick Melley
Production5,000 cases Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Syrah
CommentsTasting room open Thurs-Mon, 11-4. Expansive views of the Russian River Valley. Good picnic spot. Est. 1997.
Scherrer Winery
Address966 Tiller Ln., Sebastopol
OwnerFred and Judi Scherrer
WinemakerFred Scherrer
Production6,000 cases Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Zinfandel
CommentsTour and tasting by appt. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay
AddressPO Box 810, Forestville
Owners and WinemakersDenise Selyem and Kirk Hubbard
Production1,500 cases
CommentsBoutique winery in former apple processing plant.
Address(Winery) 5700 Gravenstein Hwy N, Forestville
OwnersNickolai Stez, Zina Bower
WinemakerMicholai Stez
Production3,500 cases
CommentsTasting room open 10:30-4:30 Thurs-Sun at 570 River Rd, Santa Rosa. Pinot Noir, Zinfandel. Est. 1999.

Other Pinot Noir producers are worth considering. Call ahead for tasting room hours or for an appointment. On Westside Road:

  • Arista
  • C. Donnatielli Winery
  • Gary Farrell Vineyards & Winery
  • J. Rochioli Winery
  • Moshin Vineyards
  • Williams Selyem
  • Balletto Vineyards, De Loach Vineyards, Derbes
  • Ferrari-Carano
  • Halleck Vineyard
  • Hanzell Vineyards, Hartford Family Vineyards
  • Iron Horse Ranch and Vineyards, J Vineyards & Winery, Marimar Torres Estate Winery, Martinelli Vineyards, Merry Edwards, Papapietro Perry
  • Paul Hobbs
  • Rodney Strong Vineyards
  • Sapphire Hill Winery
  • Siduri Winery, and
  • Twomey Cellars
  • Littorai will be open for tasting and tours in Sebastopol in late 2008.

In the town of Healdsburg within walking distance of the town square, are the following tasting rooms:

  • Gallo of Sonoma (including MacMurray),
  • La Crema
  • Long Board Vineyards
  • Mayo
  • Kendall-Jackson
  • Tandem Winery
  • Thumbprint Cellars, and
  • Selby

Note: The Press Club in San Francisco is a wine collective with eight world-class wineries including Chateau Montelena Winery, Fritz, Hanna, Landmark Vineyards, Miner, Mount Eden Vineyards, Pahlmeyer, and Saintsbury. Website: Wine collectives in Sonoma include: Grange Sonoma Tasting Room (23564 Hwy 121, Sonoma), Locals (21023 Geyserville Ave., Geyserville), and Sonoma Enoteca (35 E. Napa St., Sonoma).

Wine Shops

It is a lot more fun to buy wines at the wineries, but boutique bottlings may only be available at wine shops.
Bottle Barn
Address3331 A Industrial Dr., Santa Rosa.
CommentsExtensive Pinot selection at low prices. Tricky to find, but well worth the effort.
Roots Cellar
Address 1401 Grove St., Healdsburg (a mile from the town plaza)
CommentsPrimarily internet orders, but some hard to find Pinots in the store.
Vine & Barrel Shop
Address143 Kentucky St., Petaluma
CommentsExtensive Pinot selection at low prices. Tricky to find, but well worth the effort.

Recommended Lodging

Applewood Inn
Address13555 Hwy 116, Guerneville, CA
CommentsRomantic retreat. Excellent restaurant open Tues-Sat with great Sonoma County wine list. 30 minute drive from Healdsburg.
Benovia Winery Hideaway Cottage
Address3339 Hartman Rd, Santa Rosa
CommentsNicely furnished 3 bedroom house with garage in the middle of estate vineyard, walking distance to winery. All amenities provided. !5-20 minutes from both Healdsburg and Sebastopol.
Address421 Foss St, Healdsburg
CommentsLuxury modern cottages in downtown Healdsburg. Excellent breakfast included.
Healdsburg Inn on Plaza
Address112 Mathieson St, Healdsburg
CommentsCountryside dcor on the central town plaza.
Holiday Inn Express Sebastopol
Address1101 Gravenstein Hwy, Sebastopol
CommentsI often stay here. This is the nicest Holiday Inn Express I have ever stayed at. Walking distance to downtown Sebastopol and close to many wineries. Swimming pool and gym. Good value.
Hotel Healdsburg
Address25 Mathieson St, Healdsburg
CommentsModern hotel on the central town plaza. Dry Creek Kitchen Restaurant with excellent Sonoma County wine list. No corkage if you bring in a Sonoma wine not on list.
Inn at Occidental
Address3657 Church St, Occidental
CommentsHighly rated B&B in small town of Occidental
Irish Rose Inn
Address3232 Dry Creek Rd, Healdsburg
CommentsAffiliated with Brogan Cellars
Little Yellow Cottage
Address999 Foreman Lane, Healdsburg
Comments2 bedroom house overlooking De La Montanya Estate Vineyard and Winery. All amenities provided. 10 minutes from Healdsburg. Contact Tina De La Montanya.
Madrona Manor
Address1001 Westside Road, Healdsburg
Comments17 rooms in this 3-story Victorian that dates to 1881.     Swimming pool. The Restaurant at Madrona Manor offers new American cuisine.
Olivet Grange Vacation Rental
AddressOlivet Road and Piner Road, Santa Rosa
Comments3 bedroom, 1 bathroom farmhouse at Olivet Grange Vineyard dating to 1918. Like your grandmothers house with large kitchen and living room. Charming with nice beds. 15 minute drive to Healdsburg.
The Raford Inn of Healdsburg
Address10630 Wohler Rd, Healdsburg
CommentsVictorian B&B overlooking vineyards.
Vintners Inn
Address4350 Barnes Rd, Santa Rosa
CommentsEuropean style lodging among a 92-acre vineyard. Home to John Ash & Co. Restaurant.
Windrose Romantic Cottages
Comments5 cottages, for 1 or 2 people. Inexpensive.
Vacation Home Rentals

Recommended Restaurants

Bistro Des Copains
Address3782 Bohemian Hwy, Occidental
CommentsDinner only. Highly recommended Cal-French cuisine. Owners are very wine-savvy.
Bistro Ralph
Address129 Plaza St, Healdsburg
CommentsA Healdsburg institution enjoyed by many visitors and locals alike. On the Plaza.
Address106 Matheson St, Healdsburg
CommentsCasual, pizza, ice cream, primarily lunch spot. Owned by Zazu proprietors.
Address129 North St, Healdsburg
CommentsMichelin 2 Star, coat and tie, very expensive. Sophisticated fine dining with great food and great service. Reservations essential.
Downtown Bakery & Creamery
Address308 A Center St, Healdsburg
CommentsMaybe Sonomas best bakery. Great breakfast and donut muffins highly recommended. On the Plaza.
K&L Bistro
Address1193 Main St, Sebastopol
CommentsMichelin 1 Star. My favorite restaurant in Sonoma. Very small, reservations required. L&D, Mon-Sat.
Jimtown Store
Address6706 Hwy 128, Healdsburg
CommentsQuirky café and store that has excellent luncheon foods. You must go here at least once in your life.
Mosaic Restaurant & Wine Lounge
Address6675 Front St, Forestville
CommentsWine country cuisine. Good local wine list.
Ravenous Café
Address420 Center St, Healdsburg
CommentsWine country cuisine in an old house. A Healdsburg institution. L & D.
Restaurant Mirepoix
Address275 Windsor River Rd, Windsor
CommentsFrench bistro. L&D Mon-Sat.
Rosso Pizzeria & Wine Bar
Address53 Montgomery Dr, Santa Rosa Creekside Center
CommentsFormer Tra Vigne chef John Franchetti. Wood- fired pizzas, salads, antipasto all fresh.
Santi Taverna Restaurant
Address21047 Geyserville Ave, Geyserville
CommentsOutstanding and authentic Italian cuisine. A favorite of local winemakers.10 mins north of Healdsburg.
Address5700 Gravenstein Hwy N, Forestville
Underwood Bar & Bistro
Address9113 Graton Rd, Graton
CommentsFun spot with bar seating. Excellent wines. Fantastic hamburger. Loved by locals.
Village Bakery
Address7225 Healdsburg Ave, Sebastopol
CommentsPastries to die for. The seeded sourdough bread is my favorite bread in the entire world! (Peter adds: if you're there on Saturday, try to get a loaf of the Fig-Anise—heavenly!) Also in Santa Rosa at 1445 Town & Country Dr, 707-527-7654
West County Grill
Address6948 Sebastopol Ave, Sebastopol
CommentsJonathan Waxman and partners are proprietors. Wine country cuisine in casual setting. Open daily L&D.
Willis Seafood & Raw Bar
Address403 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg
CommentsSmall plates, seafood rolls, good wine list.
Willis Wine Bar
Address4404 Old Redwood Hwy., Santa Rosa
CommentsDifferent menu, same idea.
Willow Wood Market Café
Address9020 Graton Rd, Graton
CommentsCasual eatery, many locals. B, L & D daily. Market with unusual stuff.
Address3530 Guerneville Rd, Santa Rosa
CommentsSmall roadhouse restaurant. Reservations usually required. Deservedly very popular (also own Bovolo above)
Picnic Supplies
Dry Creek General Store3495 Dry Creek Rd, Healdsburg
Jimtown Store 6706 Hwy 128, Healdsburg.
Joe Matos Cheese Factory 3669 Llano Rd, off Hwy 12 between Santa Rosa and Sebastopol. St George cows milk cheese is made on the Matos farm in Santa Rosa. Great with Pinot Noir.
Oakville Grocery 123 Matheson, Healdsburg.
Pacific Market Pacific & Bryden, Santa Rosa
Pacific Market
(formerly Fiesta Market)
550 Gravenstein Hwy, Sebastopol.
Skyhawk Village Market 5755 Mountain Hawk Way, Santa Rosa (close to Paradise Ridge).
Traversos Gourmet Food & Wine 3rd & B St, Santa Rosa.
Wild Flour Bakery 140 Bohemian Hwy, Freestone (brick-oven bread to die for).
Farmer's Market

Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County

Recommended Wineries To Visit

The wineries in the Petaluma region are all within a 20 minute drive of each other. Wineries and vineyards on the true Sonoma coast are very remote. Plan your trips carefully with appropriate transportation and allow extra time for travel. Check the weather ahead of time.

Adobe Road Winery
Address1996 S. McDowell Blvd, Petaluma
OwnersKevin and Debra Buckler
WinemakerFranc Dusak
Production5,000 cases
CommentsTasting room by appt with viewing of race cars. Est. 1999.
Hirsch Vineyards
Address45075 Bohan-Dillon Rd, Cazadero
OwnerDavid Hirsch
CommentsA long drive, but worth it. Among the first plantings in the true Sonoma Coast. Make sure weather is suitable before departing. 72 acres of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Winery est. 2002. Tour and tasting by appt.
Kastania Vineyards
Address4415 Kastania Rd, Petaluma (adjacent to Hwy 101)
OwnersHoot and Linda Smith
WinemakerLeslie Sisneros
Production900 cases of Pinot Noir from 5 acre vineyard
CommentsVery nice tasting room open by appt. Est. 2001.
Keller Estate Winery
Address5875 Lakeville Hwy, Petaluma
OwnerAna Keller
WinemakerMichael McNeil
Production10,000 cases
CommentsWinery tour and cave walk by appt. Own 86 acres. Est. 2000.
Ridgeway Family Vineyards
Address2847 D St, Petaluma
OwnersMichael and Teela Ridgeway
WinemakerDon Baumhefner
CommentsTour and tasting by appt.
Sonoma Coast Vineyards & Winery
Address696 Elliott Lane, Forestville
OwnersJohn and Barbara Drady
WinemakerAnthony Austin
CommentsTours of vineyards and tasting by appt. Est. 2001. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc.

Other Pinot Noir producers are worth considering: Clary Ranch, Flowers Vineyard & Winery, Peay Vineyards,

Recommended Lodging

Nick’s Cove & Cottages
Address23240 Hwy 1, Marshall (Tomales Bay)
OwnerPat Kuleto
CommentsExcellent restaurant. Situated on shores of Tomales Bay.
Mankas Inverness Lodge
Address30 Callender Way, Inverness
CommentsRomantic, rustic hunting lodge with gourmet restaurant.
Sheraton Sonoma County Petaluma
Address745 Baywood Dr., Petaluma
CommentsAll of the wineries in Petaluma are within a short drive of the hotel.
Timber Cove Inn
Address21780 N Coast Hwy 1, Jenner
Comments25 miles north of Bodega Bay. Restaurant.

Recommended Restaurants

Café Bella
Address3120 Lakeview Hwy, Petaluma
CommentsSeasonal comfort food.
Della Fattoria Downtown
Address141 Petaluma Blvd North, Petaluma
CommentsB & L daily, D Fri only. Great bread.
Lolitas Market and Taqueria
Address451 Lakewille St., Petaluma
CommentsAuthentic taqueria, great tacos.
Nick’s Cove & Cottages (see lodging)
Mankas Inverness Lodge (see lodging)
Rivers Inn Restaurant & Inn
Address11048 Hwy 1, Jenner
CommentsGorgeous views of the Pacific Ocean along with good food and good wine list.
Seaweed Café
Address1580 Eastshore Rd., Bodega Bay
Two Niner Diner
Address561 Sky Ranch Dr. at Petaluma Airport
CommentsWatch small planes take off and land with views of vineyards in the distance.
Water Street Bistro
Address100 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma
CommentsSmall riverside bistro.
Picnic Supplies

See Russian River Valley for picnic suppliers. Drive west on Hwy 12 to Bodega Bay and head north on Hwy 1. Multiple scenic picnic spots at small beaches. Return on Hwy 116 and explore Guerneville.

Sonoma Carneros

Recommended Wineries

The wineries are all located within an easy 20 minute drive of the town of Sonoma.

Buena Vista
Address18000 Old Winery Rd, Sonoma. (The Buena Vista Ramal Vineyard and Winery on Ramal Road are not open to the public) Close to Sonomas town square. Tour the two buildings from the original winery of Count Agoston Haraszthy and a museum. Picnic area with views of the Sonoma Valley.
OwnerConstellation Wines
WinemakerJeff Stewart
Production55,000 cases
CommentsThis winery has recommitted itself to producing ultra-premium Pinot Noir. Tasting room is open daily 10-5. 800 acres owned. Est. 1857.
Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards
Address23555 Carneros Hwy 121, Sonoma
WinemakerRobert Iantosca
Production140,000 cases
CommentsThe sparkling wines are consistently fine. Small lots of interesting still Pinot Noirs are also produced. Tasting room is open daily 10:30-5:30. Tours by appt.
Robledo Family Winery
Address21901 Bonness Rd., Sonoma
OwnerRobledo family
WinemakerRolando Herrera
Production5,000 cases
CommentsThe first winery in California owned by a Mexican immigrant. 300 acres owned and 300 acres leased or controlled. Tasting room open daily.
Roessler Cellars
Address360 First St. West, Sonoma
OwnersRichard and Roger Roessler
WinemakerScott Shapley, Consulting Wells Guthrie
Production6,500 cases Pinot Noir and Chardonnay
CommentsTasting by appt. Excellent Pinot Noirs sourced from top vineyards throughout California. Owners are extremely personable and well worth visiting. Est. 2000.
Schug Carneros Estate Winery
Address602 Bonneau Rd, Sonoma
OwnerWalter and Axel Schug
WinemakerMichael Cox
Production35,000 cases
CommentsA very early producer of quality Pinot Noir in Sonoma. Tasting room open daily 10-5. Tours by appt. Picnic area. Est. 1980.
Talisman Wines
Address21684 Eighth St. East, Suite 470, Sonoma
OwnersScott and Marta Rich
WinemakerScott Rich
CommentsTasting by appt. Pinot Noir specialist of highest quality.
The Donum Estate and Robert Stemmler
Address24520 Ramal Road, Sonoma
OwnerAnne Moller-Racke
WinemakerKenneth Juhasz
Production10,000 cases
CommentsTasting room at Sonoma-Enoteca, 35 East Napa St., Sonoma, open daily 11-6 except Tues and Weds, open 3-7. 120 acres owned. Est. in 2000.

Other Pinot Noir producers worth considering: Castle Vineyards & Winery and MacRostie Winery.

Recommended Lodging

Les Petites Maisons
Address1190 East Napa St., Sonoma
Comments4 new cottages 1 mile from Sonoma Square. Firepits, deck chairs in your own garden. Romantic. Wake up to egg-and-cheese croissants from the Adjacent Fig Pantry, then wine-taste the day away.
MacArthur Place
Address20 E MacArthur St., Sonoma
Comments4 blocks from Sonoma Plaza. 64 luxurious rooms. Saddles Steakhouse Restaurant in the hotel is fine.

Recommended Restaurants

Carneros Bistro & Wine Bar
Address1325 Broadway, Sonoma, in The Lodge at Sonoma
CommentsOutstanding wine list. American cuisine.
Heirloom Restaurant & Lounge
Address110 W. Spain St., Sonoma
CommentsLocated in the historic Sonoma Hotel on Sonoma Plaza. American food with a French touch. Chef is Michael Dotson, formerly Plumpjack in San Francisco.
Café La Haye
Address140 East Napa St., Sonoma
CommentsVery small, great prices for quality.
The Girl and the Fig
Address110 W. Spain St., Sonoma
The Fig Pantry
Address1190 E. Napa St, Sonoma
CommentsCasual, good take out for picnics

Napa Carneros

Recommended Wineries to Visit

Bouchaine Vineyards
Address1075 Buchli Station Road, Napa
OwnersGerret and Tatiana Copeland
WinemakerMichael Richmond
Production28,000 cases
Comments104 acres owned. Tasting room open 10:30-4 daily. Est. 1981.
Cuvaison Estate Wines
Address1221 Duhig Road, Napa
OwnersThomas Schmidheiny
WinemakerSteve Rogstad
Production64,000 cases
Comments570 acres owned. Serious commitment to Pinot Noir in recent years and quality has leaped upward. Tasting room is open 10-5 daily.
Etude Wines
Address1250 Cuttings Wharf Road, Napa
OwnerFosters Wine Estates
WinemakerJon Priest
Production20,000 cases
CommentsFormerly owned by Tony Soter (established in 1981) who brought this label to one of national prominance. Soter has left for Oregon, but still consults. Tasting by appt.
Road 31 Wine Co
AddressCaves and winery in the Stags Leap District of Napa
Owners and WinemakerKent Fortner
CommentsTasting by appt. A single Pinot Noir produced from vineyards in the southern Napa Valley.
Address1500 Los Carneros Ave., Napa
OwnerRichard Ward
WinemakerJerome Chery
Production60,000 cases
CommentsTasting by appt.
ZD Wines
Address8383 Silverado Trail, Napa
Ownerde Leuze family
WinemakerChris Pisani
CommentsTours and tasting by appt.

Other Pinot Noir producers worth considering in Napa: Acacia Winery, Ancien, Artesa Vineyards & Winery, Andersons Conn Valley Vineyards, Barnett Vineyards, Beaulieu Vineyard, Carneros della Notte, Ceja Vineyards, Domaine Carneros, Del Dotto, El Molino, Elizabeth Spencer, Failla Wines, Hagafan Cellars, Kuleto, Landmark Vineyards, Mahoney Vineyards, Mayacamas, Molnar Family and Kazmer & Blaise, Pahlmeyer, Patz & Hall, Reynolds Family Winery, Robert Sinskey Vineyards.

Wine Shops
Bounty Hunter Rare Wines (975 First St., Napa), Enoteca Wine Shop (1348 B Lincoln Ave., Calistoga), JV Wine & Spirits (plenty of selection in cavernous building 301 First St., Napa), Oakville Grocery (both Napa and Healdsburg), St. Helena Wine Center (many hard to find bottlings at high prices 1321 Main St., St. Helena).

Recommended Lodging

Carneros Inn
Address4048 Sonoma Hwy, Napa
CommentsNewer deluxe accommodations; the only hotel located in Carneros.
Napa River Inn
Address500 Main St., Napa
CommentsRomantic accommodations in the historic Napa Mill along side the Napa River. Several restaurants in the same complex located in old-town Napa.
Poetry Inn
Address6380 Silverado Trail, Napa
Comments3 rooms on 85 picturesque acres. Absolute privacy. The French Laundrys Thomas Keller will personally cook for guests.
Villagio Inn & Spa
Address6481 Washington St, Yountville
CommentsIdeal location within walking distance to many superb Yountville restaurants. Only a 20 minute drive to Napa Carneros.

Recommended Restaurants

Address3900 D Bel Aire Plaza, Napa
CommentsOne of the few barbecue joints in the country with Riedel glassware and $250 wines. Order anything pork from chef Stephen Barbers menu.
Address1040 Main St., Napa
CommentsLunch weekdays, Dinner daily except Sunday. Located in the Napa Mill. Highly regarded. Same ownership as Coles Chop House. Seasonal Eurasian cuisine.
Coles Chop House
Address1122 Main St. Napa
CommentsA terrific steakhouse with exceptional wine list.
Address4048 Sonoma Hwy, Napa
CommentsOwned by Plumpjack company who haverestaurants in San Francisco. Local food and wine. Sophisticated dining.
Address4048 Sonoma Hwy, Napa
CommentsGourmet deli with sandwiches, picnic supplies.
Address1339 Pearl St, Napa
CommentsL&D Tues-Sun. Northern wine country cuisine.
The Boonfly Café
Address4048 Sonoma Hwy, Napa
Website@ The Carneros Inn
CommentsCasual, wine-country cuisine in The Carneros Inn.
Picnic Supplies
Oakville Grocery
7856 St. Helena Hwy, Oakville Market (see above)
Dean & Deluca
607 South St Helena Hwy, St. Helena
Oxbow Public Market
Fatted Calf charcuterie, Model Bakery, Kanaloa Seafood, etc. 25 speciality vendors, artisan food purveyors, and produce from 150 local farmers.
Vella Cheese Co
315 2nd St East, Sonoma

Santa Cruz Mountains

The wineries of the Santa Cruz Mountains are scattered over a wide region. A good map and patience are required. Your GPS and cell phone may not work in several areas. Allow adequate driving time.

Recommended Wineries to Visit

Alfaro Family Vineyards & Winery
Address496 Hames Rd, Corralitos
OwnerRichard Alfaro
Production6,000 cases
CommentsTour and tasting by appt.
Burrell School Vineyards
Address24060 Summit Rd., Los Gatos
OwnersDavid and Anne Moulton
WinemakerDavid Moulton
Production5,000 cases of multiple varietals
CommentsTours by appt. Tasting room open Thurs- Sun, 11-5. Historic school house on property. Deck with view of the vineyards perfect for picnics.
Hallcrest Vineyards
Address379 Felton Empire Rd., Felton
Owners and WinemakerJohn Schumacher
Production20,000 cases several varietals
CommentsTasting room open daily, 12-5. Tours by appt.
Loma Prieta Winery
Address26985 Loma Prieta Way, Los Gatos
OwnersPaul and Amy Kemp
Production250 cases of Pinot Noir
Comments3 acre estate vineyard. One of highest vineyards in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Panoramic views of the Monterey Bay. Tasting room to open in late 2008. Call for driving directions.
Santa Cruz Mountains Vineyard
AddressNear Boulder Creek, Felton.
Owners and WinemakerJeff Emery
Production3,000 cases
CommentsHistoric winery, established in 1975. Tours and tasting by appt. A tasting room is open most weekends, but call to verify. 334-A Ingalls St., Santa Cruz, 431-426- 6209.
Silver Mountain Vineyards & Sonnet Wines
Address381 #Q Cannery Row, Monterey (Tasting Room)
OwnerJerold OBrien
WinemakerAnthony Craig (consulting for Silver Mountain, the winemaker for Sonnet Wines).
CommentsTasting room open 12-6 daily. Loma Prieta wines available in the tasting room also.
Thomas Fogarty Winery
Address19501 Skyline Blvd., Woodside
OwnerThomas Fogarty, M.D.
WinemakerMichael Martella
Production15,000 cases
CommentsTasting room open Thurs-Sun, 11-5 in the hillsover looking the Santa Clara Valley. Est. 1981.
Windy Oaks Estate Vineyards & Winery
Address380 Sweetwood Way, Corralitos
OwnersJim and Judy Schultze
WinemakerJim Schultze
Production2,000 cases of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay
CommentsTours and tasting by appt. Est. 1996. One of the very best producers in this appellation.

Other Pinot Noir producers worth considering: Clos La Chance, David Bruce, Hunter Hill Vineyard & Winery, McHenry, Mt. Eden, Pelican Ranch Winery, Pleasant Valley Vineyards, Rhys Vineyards, Salamandre, Storrs Winery, Testarossa, Varner.

Independent Wine Tasting Venues
Soif Wine Bar
(Many Santa Cruz Mountains wines 105 Walnut Ave., Santa Cruz)

Recommended Lodging

Babbling Brook Inn
Address1025 Laurel St., Santa Cruz
CommentsCascading brook and waterfall amidst redwoodtrees.
Hotel Los Gatos
Address210 E Main St., Los Gatos
CommentsVery nice hotel in the town of Los Gatos. Greekrestaurant inside the hotel. Close to all wineries. Brkfst included in the rate.
Inn at Depot Hill
Address250 Monterey Ave., Capitola
CommentsA former Southern Pacific railroad depot. Highlyrecommended.
West Cliff Inn
Address174 W Cliff Dr., Santa Cruz
CommentsThree story Victorian on a bluff across the street from the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.

Note: The Lodge at Corde Valle, the sister resort to Napas Auberge du Soleil, is located in San Martin, between Monterey and the Santa Cruz Mountains. Lodging consists of deluxe bungalows on a golf course with a spa. The resort phone number is 877-255-2636 and the website is On the property is the Clos LaChance Vineyard and Winery, an 85-acre estate which opened in 2002. Owners Bill and Brenda Murphy offer demonstration vineyard tours and special tastings on Saturdays by appt. The Clos LaChance phone number is 408-686-1050, and website is The tasting room is open daily from 11-5. Clos LaChance also has a tasting room at 400 Cannery Row, Suite E, Monterey. Corde Valle is more of a destination resort with the above listed lodgings in closer proximity and thus more apropos for intensive touring of the Santa Cruz Mountains wineries.

Recommended Restaurants

Gabriella Café
Address910 Cedar St., Santa Cruz
CommentsRomantic yellow cottage.
Gayles Bakery & Rosticceria
Address504 Bay Ave, Capitola
CommentsEat in or take out for picnics.
Address320 Village Ln, Los Gatos
CommentsHighly-rated by Michelin and Zagat, gourmetCal/French cuisine.
Address1750 Wharf Rd, Capitola
CommentsHillside and creek side location. Phenomenalwine list including many Santa Cruz Mountains wines.
Tacos Morenos
Address1053 Water St., Santa Cruz
CommentsBoony Doons Randall Grahm swears by this Place for simple, good, and cheap tacos.
The Plumed Horse
Address14555 Big Basin Way, Saratoga
CommentsNew owners and chef in 2007 (chef is PeterArmellino, formerly San Franciscos Aqua) with a contemporary redo of the restaurants interior. Cal/ French cuisine. Extensive wine list.

North Central Coast: Monterey-Carmel, Mt. Harlan, Chalone, Santa Lucia Highlands, Arroyo Seco

Recommended Wineries to Visit

These wineries are spread over a vast region but are relatively easy to drive to. Arm yourself with good maps or GPS.

Bernardus Vineyards & Winery
Address5 W Carmel Valley Rd., Carmel Valley
OwnerBen Pon
WinemakerDean DeKorth
Production50,000 cases
Comments200 acres owned, 80 acres leased. Tasting Room open 11-5 daily. Est. 1990.
Calera Wine Co.
Address11300 Cienega Rd,
Owners and WinemakerJosh Jensen
Production30,000 cases of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Viognier, Aligote.
CommentsAll of the wines from Calera come from estatevineyards except the Central Coast bottlings. A California heritage winery (est. 1976). Age worthy and complex Pinot Noirs of great interest. 75 acres owned. Tasting and tours by appt. call for directions.
Cima Collina
Address3344 Paul Davis Dr., #6, marina
OwnerRichard Lumpkin
WinemakerAnnette Hoff
Production4,000 cases
Comments3 acres owned, 20 acres leased. Tasting room: Cima Collina Art Gallery and Wine Tasting Bar In Carmel-by-the-Sea in the PaseoCourtyard at San Carlos and 7th. Open Thurs-Mon 11-6. 831-620-0645. Est. 2004.
Chalone Vineyards
AddressState 146 E at Stonewall Canyon Rd, 9 miles eastof Soledad.
OwnerDiego Chateau & Estate Wines
WinemakerDan Karlsen
Production50,000 cases
CommentsOpen to visits 11:30-5 Sat-Sun; Mon-Fri by appt. Picnic area. Founded in 1960. 307 acres owned, 26 acres leased.
Clos LaChanceSee wineries of Santa Cruz Mountains
Hahn Estates
Address37700 Foothill Rd., Soledad
OwnerNicky Hahn
WinemakerAdam Lazarre
Production500,000 cases
CommentsTasting room open daily 11-4. Picnic area. Tours by appt. 950 acres owned. Est. 1980.
La Rochelle Winery
Address5443 Tesla Rd., Livermore
OwnerSteven Mirassou
WinemakerTom Stultz
Production4,000 cases primarily Pinot Noir
CommentsTasting room at 300 Aborn Rd., San Jose. OpenMon-Sat 12-5, 12-4 Sun. Tours by appt. Picnic area.
Morgan Winery
Address590 Brunken Ave., Salinas
Websitemorganwinery.comOwner and Winegrower: Daniel Lee
WinemakerGianni Abate
Production7,000 cases
Comments45 acres owned. Tours and tasting by appt.
Paraiso Vineyards
Address38060 Paraiso Springs Rd., Soledad
OwnerRich Smith (a pioneering winegrower in MontereyCounty)
WinemakerDavid Fleming
Production15,000 cases
CommentsTasting room open weekdays from 12-4 and weekends from 11-5. Scenic picnic area. Tours by appt.
San Saba Vineyard
Address35801 Foothill Rd, Soledad
OwnerMark Lemmon, M.D.
WinemakerJeff Ritchie
Production10,000 cases
Comments68 acres owned. Tasting rooms at Soledad address (831-659-3215) and in Carmel Valley at 19 E Carmel Valley Road. 831-659-7322. Open 11-6 daily.
Ventana Vineyards
Address2999 Monterey-Salinas Hwy, Monterey
WinemakerReggie Hammond
Production25,000 cases
Comments400 acres owned. Overlooked good source of Pinot Noir. Tasting room open 11-5 daily. Picnic area. Est. 1978.
A Taste of Monterey Wine Visitors Center
Address127 Main St., Salinas and 700 Cannery Row,Monterey. Mon-Sat 11-5.
PhoneSalinas 831-646-5446, Monterey 831-646-5446.
CommentsOver 65 Monterey County wines offered for tasting including Miura, Jekel, Lockwood, Morgan, and Pelerin.

Other Pinot Noir producers worth consideration: Figge Cellars, Manzoni Estate Vineyard, Miura Vineyards, Pessagno Winery, Talbott Vineyards.

Recommended Lodging

Bernardus Lodge
Address415 Carmel Valley Rd., Carmel Valley
CommentsHigh-end, deluxe accommodations with anoutstanding restaurant. Expensive.
Inn at the Pinnacles
Address32025 Stonewall Canyon Rd., Soledad
CommentsB&B with six rooms. Weekends only.
Las Laureles Lodge313 W Carmel Valley Rd., Carnel Valley
CommentsRanch house style reasonably priced.Historic property, but a bit rustic. Good restaurant.

Recommended Restaurants

Bouchee Restaurant & Wine Bar
AddressMission St. at Ocean Ave., Carmel
CommentsFrench Bistro and wine bar/wine store. Local Monterey seafood. Great wine list.
Marinus at Bernardus Lodge
Address415 Carmel Valley Rd, Carmel Valley
CommentsSuperb gourmet restaurant with extensive winelist (Wine Spectator Grand Award). Highly awarded California cuisine of Chef Cal Stamenov.
Montrio Bistro
Address414 Calle Principal, Monterey
CommentsSuperb American bistro.
Rio Grill
AddressHwy 1 at Rio Rd. The Crossroads Center, Carmel
CommentsCasual grill but good, compact wine list and and excellent food. One of my favorites.
The Sardine Factory
Address701 Wave St., Monterey
CommentsA Monterey institution for years. Everyone needsto go here at least once. Wine Spectator Grand Award wine list.

Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo County

Recommended Wineries to Visit

The wineries are located within a short drive of each other and easily accessible by good roads. Grapeline ( offers a shuttle service around the wineries.

Adelaida Cellars
Address5805 Adelaida Rd, Paso Robles
OwnerElizabeth Van Steenwyk
WinemakerTerry Culton
CommentsTasting room open 11-5 daily. Picnic area. Historic HMR vineyard produces old vine Pinot Noir. Wines from here are uneven but I have had some good ones.
Anglim Winery
Address740 Pine St., Paso Robles
OwnersSteve and Steffanie Anglim
WinemakerSteve Anglim
Production4,000 cases of Rhone varietals and Pinot Noir
CommentsA terrific Fiddlestix Vineyard Pinot Noir. TastingRoom is in the old Paso Robles Train Depot at 8th and Pine Streets. Open 11-5:30 Thurs-Sun, other days by appt.
Asuncion Ridge Vineyards & Inn
Address11010 Fuentes Road, Atascadero
Owners and WinemakerPhilip Krumal
Comments3 suites in a large house on 320 acres withexpansive views. Small Pinot Noir vineyard and very good Asuncion Ridge Pinot Noir. Gourmet brkfst included in stay.
Bianchi Winery
Address3380 Branch Rd., Paso Robles
OwnerGlenn Bianchi
WinemakerTom Lane
ProductionMultiple varietals, 125,000 cases
Comments580 acres owned. Sources Pinot Noir from the Santa Maria Valley. Tasting room open daily. Est. 1974.
Hug Cellars
Address2323 Tuley Court, Ste. 120D, Paso Robles
Owners and WinemakerC.I. (Augie) Hug
Production1,300 cases, Rhone varietals and Pinot Noir.
CommentsWines available in cooperative tasting room,Coastal Vintners, with Per Bacco Cellars, Orchid Hill Vineyard and Winery, and Silver Stone Wines (address above on Paso Robles). Est. 1994.
Jack Creek Cellars
Address5265 Jack Creek Rd, Templeton
OwnersDoug and Sabrina Kruse
WinemakerDoug Kruse
CommentsBeautiful winery/tasting room perched on a hilltop. Tasting by appt.
RN Estate Vineyard & Winery
Address7986 N River Rd., Paso Robles
Owners and WinemakerRoger Nicolas
CommentsVery special, small-lot Pinot Noir. Tasting by appt.
Windward Vineyard
Address1380 Live Oak Rd, Paso Robles
OwnerMarc Goldberg and Maggie DAmbrosia
Production2,000 cases
Comments15 acre vineyard planted to Pinot Noir. Burgundian-styled wines that age well. Tasting Fri-Sun, 11-5, or by appt. Est. 1990

Other Pinot Noir producers worth considering. Castoro Cellars, Salisbury Vineyards, Sylvester Vineyards & Winery, Wild Horse Winery & Vineyards, York Mountain Winery.

Recommended Lodging

Arbor Inn B&B
Address2130 Arbor Rd., Paso Robles
CommentsUpscale accommodations.
Asuncion Ridge Vineyards & Inn
(see under Wineries)
Just Inn
Address11680 Chimney Rock Rd., Paso Robles
CommentsSmall B&B at Justin Vineyards. Bistro openfor lunch Sat and Sun; dinner nightly. This is not a producer of Pinot Noir!
Summerwood Inn
Address2130 Arbor Rd., Paso Robles
CommentsWinery and Inn. Nine rooms among vineyards. This is not a producer of Pinot Noir!
The Carlton Hotel
Address6005 El Camino Real, Atascadero
CommentsHistoric building, plush guestrooms, andThe Carlton Restaurant & Grill. I enjoyed my stay here.
Villa Tuscana B&B
Address4230 Buena Vista, Paso Robles
CommentsVery upscale, very expensive. Owned by Martin & Weyrich Winery. Note: Paso Robles can be very hot (nearly 100˚F not unusual) in the summer. For a cooler lodging option, consider Cambria-By-The-Pines, which is on the coast and only a 10-20 minute drive to the wineries of Paso Robles. This small town restricts growth and building, and never seems to change. No franchise food chains here. Very charming town.
Blue Bird Motel
Address1880 Main, Cambria
CommentsThis motel is a throwback to the motels of the1950s. Casual and inexpensive but adequate. Walking distance to restaurants of downtown Cambria. I have a nostalgic fondness for this place.
Moonstone Cottages
Address6580 Moonstone Beach Dr., Cambria
CommentsUpscale lodging on the beach. Rsvp through the Blue Whale Inn.
The Blue Whale Inn
Address2990 Burton Dr., Cambria
Phone805-927-3812Comments; On the bluffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Antique furnishings.

Recommended Restaurants

A.J. Spurs
Address508 Main St, Templeton
CommentsA central coast steakhouse chain. Large portions, cowboy dcor. Bring your own wine.
Bistro Laurent
Address12th & Pine St., Paso Robles.
CommentsThe Chez Panisse of the Central Coast. Dinneronly. The Le Petit Marcel at same location serves lunch.
Buona Tavola Restorante
Address943 Spring St., Paso Robles
CommentsNorthern Italian. Also in San Luis Obispo at 1037 Monterey St., 805-545-8000.
F. McLintocks Saloon & Dining House
Address1234 Park St., Paso Robles
CommentsCentral coast steakhouse chain. Also in Pismo Beach, Arroyo Grande, and San Luis Obispo.
Joes Place
Address608 12th St, Paso Robles
CommentsThe place in town for breakfast.
McPhees Grill
Address416 Main St., Templeton
CommentsCalifornia cuisine. Casual. Terrific food!
The Range
Address22317 El Camino Real
CommentsLaid-back Central Coast wine country cuisinewith a cowboy theme. Go for the food, bring your own wine (corkage $15).
Villa Creek Restaurant
Address1144 Pine St., Paso Robles
CommentsCalif-Mex cuisine.
Vivant FineCheese
Address840 11th St., Paso Robles
CommentsMore than 200 types of cheese paired with Paso Robles wines.
21st Drive-In
Address2110 Spring St., Paso Robles
CommentsVintage drive-in.
Picnic Supplies
Di Raimondos Italian Market & Cheese Store
, 833 13th St., Paso Robles, Panolivo, 1344 Park St, Paso Robles, and Hush Harbor Artisan Bakery, 5735 El Camino Real, Atascadero. Note: If you are staying in Cambria, here are two tried-and-true- restaurant suggestions (reservations necessary at both).
Robins Restaurant
Address4095 Burton Dr., Cambria
CommentsEclectic Calif-Ethnic cuisine.
The Sows Ear Café
Address2248 Main St., Cambria
CommentsIntimate, nice wine list. Dont fill up on the delicious bread baked in ceramic vases. Also in nearby Cayucos is Hoppes Garden Bistro & Wine Shop at 78 N. Ocean which has good Calif/Continental cuisine and an extensive regional wine list. 805-995-1006.

Mid-Central Coast: San Luis Obispo, Edna Valley, Arroyo Grande

Recommended Wineries to Visit

The wineries are all within a 20 minute drive of each other and accessible by good roads.

Domaine Alfred
Address7525 Orcutt Rd., San Luis Obispo
OwnerTerry Speizer
WinemakerFintan du Fresne
Production20,000 cases Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Syrah. Comments Tasting room open daily, 10-5. Est. 1997.
Laetitia Vineyards & Winery
Address453 Lopez Dr., Arroyo Grande
OwnersSelim Zikha, Nadia Wellisz
WinemakerEric Hickey
Production60,000 cases multiple varietals and sparkling.
Comments1,800 acres owned. Tasting room open daily,11-5. Picnic area. No tours.
Per Bacco Cellars
Address1850 Calle Joaquin, San Luis Obispo
OwnersCraig Shannon, Marco Rizzo (owner Café Roma)Assist Winemaker: Ryan Aura
Production4,000 cases Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio.
CommentsTasting room at Coastal Vintners, 2323 TuleyCourt, Paso Robles.
Sinor-La Vallee
AddressPO Box 701, Arroyo Grande
OwnersMike and Cheri Sinor
WinemakerMike Sinor
ProductionSmall lots of Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Syrah from purchased grapes
CommentsFormer winemaker starred at Byron andDomaine Alfred. Tasting by appt. Est. 2005.
Talley Vineyards
Address3031 Lopez Dr., Arroyo Grande
OwnerBrian Talley
WinemakerLeslie Mead
Production35,000 cases Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, SauvignonBlanc. Bishops Peak is second value label.
CommentsBeautifully landscaped grounds surround a tastingroom which is open daily, 10:30-4:30. No tours. Picnic area. 215 acres owned, 215 acres leased. Est. 1986.
Wedell Cellars
Address344 Equestrian Way, Arroyo Grande
OwnerMaurice & Susan Wedell
WinemakerMaurice Wedell
Production1,000 cases ultra-premium Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
CommentsTasting by appt. Est. 1994. Note: Taste at 1003 Osos St., San Luis Obispo, is a modern wine bar offering tastes of multiple San Luis Obispo County wines. Visit the website at 805-269-TASTE.

Recommended Lodging

Avila Village Inn
Address6655 Bay Laural Dr., Avila Beach
CommentsCraftsman style, 30-room Inn.
Best Western Shelter Cove Lodge
Address2651 Price St., Pismo Beach
CommentsEvery room is spacious and has an ocean view.
Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa
Address2727 Shell Beach Rd., Shell Beach
CommentsNew, modern condominium-styled one, two, andthree bedroom units on ocean. Expensive. Home to the excellent Lido Restaurant.
Inn at Avila Beach
Address256 Front St., Avila Beach
CommentsA beach house type hotel steps from the beachand ocean. Walk to Old Porte Inn and Fat Cat Café.
Suite Edna
Address1653 Old Price Canyon Rd., San Luis Obispo
CommentsA French-country three bedroom farmhouse with a large kitchen. Located at the historic Old Edna townsite. Custom Gourmet Deli next door for brkfst and lunch. Highly recommended. Owner Pattea Torrence will take very good care of you if you mention the Prince!
The Cliffs at Shell Beach
Address2757 Shell Beach Rd., Shell Beach
CommentsA resort-style hotel on a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Swimming pool. Marisol Restaurant. Next door to the Blue Dolphin Inn.

Recommended Restaurants

Address998 Monterey St., San Luis Obispo
CommentsEclectic cuisine.
Café Roma
Address1020 Railroad Ave., San Luis Obispo
CommentsRomantic Italian. Great wine list.
Lido Restaurant
Address2727 Shell Beach Rd., Shell Beach (in theDolphin Bay Resort & Spa).
CommentsCalifornia cuisine. Views of ocean.
Old Porte Inn
AddressPort San Luis, 3rd Pier AB, Avila Beach
CommentsSeafood house on pier. Very good list of regional wines.
The Gardens of Avila
Address1215 Avila Beach Dr., Avila Beach
CommentsLocated in the Sycamore Springs Resort.Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. California cuisine.

Appellation Websites

South Central Coast: Santa Maria Valley

Recommended Wineries to Visit

The wineries are easily accessible and within a 20 minute drive of each other.

Bien Nacido Vineyards
Address4705 Santa Maria Mesa Rd, Santa Maria
OwnerStephen Miller
CommentsSolomon Hills Vineyard under same management. Grapes provided to numerous California producers. Tours available by special appt.only. Wineries at Bien Nacido Vineyard: Au Bon Climat (tasting room in Santa Ynez, no tours or tasting); Ambullneo (tasting by appt., 805-474-5858, talk to owner Greg Linn); Tantara Winery (tasting by appt., 805-938-5051, talk to owners Jeff Fink or Bill Cates).
Byron Vineyard & Winery
Address5230 Tepusquet Rd., Santa Maria
OwnerArtisan & Estates
WinemakerJonathan Nagy
Production25,000 cases Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Syrah.
CommentsTasting by appt. Est. 1984.
Cambria Estate Vineyard & Winery
Address5475 Chardonnay Lane, Santa Maria
WinemakerDenise Shurtleff
Production20,000 cases Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Syrah
CommentsPicnic area and picnic supplies. Tours by appt. Tasting room open daily, 10-5. Est. 1987
Central Coast Wine Services
Address2717 Aviation Way, Santa Maria
OwnerBien Nacido Vineyards
CommentsSeveral notable producers craft their wine hereincluding: Bonacorssi (310-994-3207), Hartley-Ostini Hitching Post (805-688-0676), J. Wilkes (805-899-2845), Lane Tanner (805-929-1826), Labyrinth Winery (805-268-4155), Ovene (714-420-2525), Paul Lato Wines (805-260-3210), Red Car (310-839-7300), Summerland (310-275-9889), The Ojai Vineyard (805-699-1674) and others. Some offer tasting here by appt. phone the individual winery.
Cottonwood Canyon
Address3940 Dominion Rd., Santa Maria
Owners and WinemakerNorman Beko
Production2,500 cases Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Syrah
CommentsTasting room hours vary with seasons. Weekend cave tours. Picnic area. Older vintages available with food matching.
Foxen Vineyard
Address7200 Foxen Canyon Rd., Santa Maria
OwnerRichard Dore
Owners and WinemakerWilliam Wathen
Production12,000 cases Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Syrah.
CommentsTasting room (a quaint shack) open daily, 11-4.Tours by appt.
Kenneth Volk Vineyards
Address5230 Tespusquet Rd., Santa Maria
Owners and WinemakerKennth Volk
Production8,000 cases of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Merlot,and Cabernet Sauvignon.
CommentsKenneth Volk is the former founder of Wild HorseVineyards and Winery. Tasting room open daily, 10:30-4:30. Est. 2005.

Other Pinot Noir producers that are worth considering. Addamo Vineyards, Costa de Oro Winery.

Recommended Lodging

Holiday Inn
Address2100 N. Broadway, Santa Maria
Radisson Hotel
Address3455 Skyway Dr., Santa Maria
Phone805-928-8000Note: Lodging in Shell Beach, San Louis Obispo, Edna Valley, and Santa Ynez Valley about a 45 drive from Santa Maria Valley.

Recommended Restaurants

Chef Ricks
Address4869 S. Bradley Rd., Santa Maria
CommentsS. Louisiana, Southwest and Southern Californiainfluences. Excellent.
Far Western Tavern
AddressHwy 1 at 899 Guadalupe St., Guadalupe
CommentsVery casual, steaks.
Shaws Famous Steakhouse
Address714 S Broadway, Santa Maria
CommentsGo for the tri-tip.
Wine Cottage Bistro
Address285 S. Broadway, Old Town Orcutt
CommentsWine country cuisine with many local wines.Note: On the weekends, there are makeshift Santa Maria barbecue pits on corners and various locations. Santa Maria tri tip steak and pinquito beans are a featured and treasured cuisine of this region.

South Central Coast: Santa Ynez Valley, Sta. Rita Hills

Recommended Wineries to Visit

The far reaches of the Sta. Rita Hills are about a 30 minute drive from Santa Ynez. Some wineries are on gravel/dirt roads. Refer to the appellation website for a good map.

Alma Rosa Winery & Vineyards
Address7250 Santa Rosa Rd., Buellton
OwnersRichard and Thekla Sanford
WinemakerChristian Roguenant
ProductionPinot Noir, Chardonnay
CommentsTasting room is a quaint shack made famous inthe movie Sideways (formerly Sanford). Open daily, 11-5.
Au Bon Climat
Address1672 Mission Dr., Solvang (tasting room).
OwnerJim Clendenen
WinemakerJim Adelman
CommentsTasting room at Tastes of the Valleys open Thurs- Mon,11-4. The winery at Bien Nacido Vineyard is not open to the public. Est. 1982.
Cargasacchi/Point Concepcion Wines
Owners and WinemakerPeter Cargasacchi
CommentsTour of Cargasacchi vineyards and tasting by appt. Peter is a well-respected winegrower in the Sta. Rita Hills, and some time spent with him will give you considerable insight about growing and crafting Pinot Noir in the Sta. Rita Hills appellation.
Casa Cassara Winery & Vineyard
Address291 Valley Station Dr., Buellton (tasting room)
OwnerBennie Cassara and Sons
WinemakerJohn Krska
Production2,500 cases Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Syrah
CommentsTours by appt. contact Alicia Summersat 805-350-0627. Tasting room open Mon, Weds, Thurs, 10-5, Fri-Sun 11-6.
Clos Pepe Vineyards
Address4777 E Hwy 246, Lompoc
OwnerStephen Pepe
WinemakerWes Hagen
Production900 cases Pinot Noir and Chardonnay
CommentsTour and tasting by appt. Est. 2000
Fiddlehead Cellars
Address1597 E Chestnut Ave., Lompoc
Owners and WinemakerKathy Joseph
ProductionPinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc
CommentsTasting room open in the Lompoc Wine Ghetto, by appt. 97 acres owned (Fiddlestix Vineyard). Est. 1999. Tours of the vineyard by appt. The annual Fiddlefest held at Fiddlestix Vineyard every June is one of my favorite Pinot events.
Flying Goat Cellars
Address2245 Alamo Pintado Ave., Los Olivos (tasting room the winery is located in the Lompoc Wine Ghetto.
Owners and WinemakerNorm Yost
Production2,300 cases Pinot Noir, sparkling wine
CommentsTasting room at Wine Country open daily, 11-5.
Gypsy Canyon
Address4373 E Hwy 246, Lompoc
Owners and WinemakerDeborah Hall
ProductionPinot Noir and Angelica (dessert wine from Mission grapes. Very small production.
CommentsTour and tasting by appt., $25 pp (cheese and wine pairing). Visit one of the last remaining Mission grape vineyards in California. Tasting in owners quaint barn.
Hartley-Ostini Vintners Hitching Post Wines
AddressCentral Coast Wine Services, Santa Maria
OwnersFrank Ostini, Gray Hartley
WinemakerGray Hartley
Production900 cases of Pinot NoirComments; Tasting daily, 4-6, at Hitching Post II Restaurant, 406 E Hwy 246, Buellton.
Ken Brown Wines
Address2025 Still Meadows Rd., Solvang
OwnersKen and Deborah Brown
WinemakerKen Brown
Production2,500 cases Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Syrah
CommentsTasting by appt.
LaFond Winery
Address6855 Santa Rosa Rd., Buellton
CommentsTasting room open daily, 10-5. Beautifully landscaped grounds with picnic tables and views.
Prodigal Wines
AddressPO Box 957, Los Olivos, CA 93441
OwnersStephen and Mary Russell
WinemakerStephen Russell
ProductionPinot Noir, Pinot Gris. Small production.
CommentsTasting by appt. (
Roblar Winery & Vineyard
Address3010 Roblar Ave, Santa Ynez
Owners and WinemakerRichard Foster
ProductionMultiple varietals, mainly Rhone.
CommentsTasting room open daily, 11-5. Gardens, vista terraces, large indoor/outdoor fireplace, culinary school. Est. 2007.
Rusack Vineyards
Address1819 Ballard Canyon Rd., Solvang
OwnersGeoff and Alison Rusack
WinemakersJohn Falcone and Catherine Stephens
Production7,000 cases Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Syrah
CommentsTucked into mountains above Solvang. Greatspot for a picnic with vineyard views, majestic oaks and serenity. Excellent Pinot as well. Tasting room open daily, 11-5 in summer (winter hours vary). 17 acres owned. Est. 1995.

Other Pinot Noir producers worth considering. Ampelos, Babcock

Winery & Vineyard, Brewer-Clifton, Fess Parker Winery & Vineyards, Foley, Gainey Vineyard, Melville Vineyards & Winery, Richard Longoria Wines, Sanford Winery, The Ojai Vineyard, and Whitcraft. Babcock, Fess Parker, Foley, and Melville are large commercial tasting rooms often crowded with customers on weekends. Call for a private appt and tasting for the best experience. Sea Smoke is not open to the public.

Independent Tasting Rooms
(107 W. Ocean Ave., Lompoc)
Los Olivos Tasting Room & Wine Shop
(2905 Grand Ave., Los Olivos)
Los Olivos Wine & Spirits Emporium
(2531 Grand Ave., Los Olivos)
Taste of the Valleys
(1672 Mission Dr., Solvang)

Recommended Lodging

Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort
Address1054 Alisal Rd., Solvang
CommentsMore a destination resort for families.Horseback riding, golf, swimming. River Alisal Grill (brkfst, lunch, dinner). Beloved by many.
Ballard Inn & Restaurant
Address2436 Baseline Ave., Ballard
Comments15 romantic rooms. Brkfst included. My favorite lodging in the area. Oustanding restaurant as well. (see under Recommended Restaurants).
El Capitan Canyon
CommentsComfortable cabin camping and resort in the Santa Barbara foothills. Glamping (glamourous camping).
Fess Parkers Wine Country Inn & Spa
Address2860 Grand Ave., Los Olivos
CommentsDeluxe and expensive lodging with DaVine spa.B&B. Marcellas Restaurant is new in 2008 (formerly Wine Cask).
Hadsten House Inn & Spa
Address1450 Mission Dr., Solvang
CommentsNewly renovated and located in downtown Solvang. Solvang is pretty kitschy and touristy to me, but some enjoy the ambiance. Hygge Restaurant is in the Hadsten House.
Santa Ynez Inn
Address3627 Sagunto St., Santa Ynez
CommentsVictorian styled 14 room B&B. Cooked brkfst.
Union Hotel & Victorian Mansion
Address362 Bell St., Los Alamos
CommentsUnion Hotel is a restored 19th century Wells FargoDepot. Victorian Mansion is six eclectic fantasy-themed suites. Both are quite old and not quite what they once were. Best Western Andersons, Motel 6, and Santa Ynez Valley Marriott are in the area also. Avoid the Days Inn Windmill featured in Sideways.

Recommended Restaurants

American Flatbread
Address225 West Bell St., Los Alamos
CommentsArtisan pizzas.
Ballard Inn & Restaurant
Address2436 Baseline Ave., Ballard
CommentsBudi Kazalis fusion cuisine. Intimate dining and superb wine list and service. Wine-tasting bar Fri-Sun, 12-4:30 (Kenneth-Crawford, Ken Brown, Lane Tanner, etc.). Very highly recommended.
Brothers Restaurant at Matteis Tavern
AddressHwy 154 at Grand Ave., Los Olivos
Comments19th century stagecoach stop.
Hitching Post II Restaurant
Address406 E Hwy 246, Buellton
CommentsLong-standing tradition in the Santa Ynez Valley.Home of Harley-Ostini Hitching Post Wines which you Can sample and purchase. Very popular since the movie Sideways. Steaks, ostrich, grilled artichokes.
Jalama Beach Café
Address400 E Ocean Ave, Hwy 1
CommentsBrkfst, Lunch, Dinner
Los Olivos Café & Wine Merchant
Address2879 Grand Ave., Los Olivos
CommentsCalifornia cuisine and Central Coast wines.Wine store.
SY Burrito
Address1051 Edison St., Santa Ynez (inside the Rio Market)
The Cold Spring Tavern
AddressRoute 154, 10 minutes north of Santa Barbara (lookfor the sign).
CommentsA stagecoach stop in the 1880s. Order the tri tip sandwich. Many bikers on Sundays.
The Porch Restaurant at Los Olivos Grocery
Address2621 Hwy 154, Santa Ynez
CommentsCasual, wine at retail. Gourmet grocery.
The Vineyard House
Address3631 Sagunto St., Santa Ynez
CommentsCalifornia regional cuisine. Patio seating. L&D. Located adjacent to the Santa Ynez Inn.
Cest Cheese
(825 Santa Barbara St., Santa Barbara), El Market Place (2806 Old Mission Dr., Solvang), Olivos Grocery (2621 Hwy 154, Santa Ynez), Panino (sandwiches, box lunches, 2900 Grand Ave., Los Olivos).


Willamette Valley

Recommended Wineries to Visit

The wineries of the Willamette Valley are quite spread out and will take some planning to reach several in a day unless you stay within one of the appellations. Portland is an hour drive to the central Willamette Valley. Many of the wineries do not have tasting rooms and appointments are necessary. All of the Willamette Valley wineries are open Memorial Day weekend and Thanksgiving Day weekend. There are limited accommodations in the Willamette Valley so make your plans far in advance. Multiple companies offer tours of the Willamette Valley (see It rains a lot in the Willamette Valley in the winter, so plan your trip from Memorial Day thru October if possible.

Anam Cara Cellars
Address1242 SE Maple Dr., Dundee (a block from 99 W).
OwnersNick and Sheila Nicholas
Production1,000 cases Pinot Noir, Riesling
Comments30 acres owned, 30 acres leased. Tasting by appt. Est. 2001
Anne Amie Vineyards
Address6580 NE Mineral Springs Rd., Carlton
OwnerDr. Robert Pamplin
WinemakerThomas Houseman
Production20,000 cases Pinot Noir, Riesling, Pinot Blanc
CommentsTasting room open daily, 10-5. Est 1979.
Address691 Hwy 99 W, Dundee
Owners and WinemakerRollin Soles
ProductionPinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling, sparkling wine.
CommentsTasting room open 11-5 daily. 143 acres owned, 500 acres leased. Est. 1987. Superb lineup of Pinot Noirs and sparkling wines. Soles has his own label, Roco, as well.
Belle Valle Cellars
Address804 NW Buchanan Ave., Corvallis
WinemakerJoe Wright (also co-owner)
ProductionPinot Noir, other red varietals, port, Pinot Gris.
CommentsTasting by appt.
Cardwell Hill Cellars
Address24221 Cardwell Hill Dr., Philomath
OwnersDan and Nancy Chapel
WinemakerJim Kakacek
Production3,500 cases Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris
CommentsTour and tasting by appt. Picnic area. 38 owned. Est. 2000. 40 minute drive south of McMinnville, close to Corvallis.
Address31190 NE Veritas Ln, Newberg
OwnersHarry Peterson-Nedry, Bill and Cathy Stoller
WinemakerMike Eyres
Production15,000 cases of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris
CommentsTasting room at 106 S Center St., Newberg open Thurs-Mon, 11-5. 170 acres leased. Est. 1993.
Cristom Vineyards
Address6905 Spring Valley Rd. NW, Salem
OwnerPaul H. and Eileen Gerrie
WinemakerSteve Doerner
Production8,000 cases Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris
Comments65 acres owned. Tasting room open Tues-Sun, 11-5 April to Thanksgiving; other times by appt. Est. 1992. Highly recommended Pinot Noirs.
DePonte Cellars
Address17545 Archery Summit Rd., Dayton
OwnersScott and Rae BaldwinWinemaker (consulting): Isabelle Dutarte
Production2,000 cases exclusively Pinot Noir
Comments20 acres owned, 27 acres leased. Tasting room
Domaine Drouhin Oregon
Address6750 NE Breyman Orchards Rd., Dundee
OwnerRobert Drouhin
WinemakerVeronique Drouhin
Production15,000 cases Pinot Noir and Chardonnay
CommentsTasting room open Weds-Sun, 11-4. Toursavailable. 90 acres owned. Est. 1988. Only French presence in Oregon.
Elk Cove Vineyards
Address27751 NW Olson Rd, Gaston
OwnerJoe and Patricia Campbell
WinemakerAdam Campbell (co-owner)
Production30,000 cases Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc
CommentsTasting room open daily, 10-5. 150 acres owned.Est. 1972.
Et Fille Wines
Address14000 N Quarry Rd., Newberg
OwnersHoward and Jessica Mozeico
WinemakerHoward Mozeico
Production1,200 cases Pinot Noir and Viognier
CommentsTasting by appointment.
Lachini Vineyards
Address18225 Calkins Ln., Newberg
OwnersRon and Marianne Lachini
Production4,000 cases Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Cabernet
Comments45 acres owned. Tasting by appt. Est. 2001.
Laura Volkman Vineyards
Address14000 NE Quarry Rd., Newberg
Owners and WinemakerLaura Volkman
Production500 cases Pinot Noir and Chardonnay
Comments3 acres owned. Tasting by appt. A terrific boutique winery. Est. 2001.
Penner-Ash Wine Cellars
Address15771 NE Ribbon Ridge Rd., Newberg
OwnersRon and Lynn Penner-Ash
WinemakerLynn Penner-Ash
Production6,000 cases Pinot Noir, Syrah, Viognier
Comments80 acres owned. Tasting room open Thurs-Sun, 11-5. Tours by appt. Est. 2002
Ponzi Vineyards
Address14665 SW Winery Ln., Beaverton
OwnersPonzi Family
WinemakerLuisa Ponzi
Production2,500 cases Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris
Comments100 acres owned. Tasting room open daily, 10-5. Est. 1970.
Prive Vineyard & Winery
Address28155 NE Bell Rd., Newberg
OwnersMark and Tina Hammond
WinemakerTina Hammond
Production250 cases Pinot Noir
CommentsVery small boutique producer of Pinot Noir from a 2-acre vineyard. The wine is sold through a mailing list. Est. 2001.
Scott Paul Wines
Address128 S. Pine St., Carlton
Websitescottpaul.comOwner and Co-Winemaker: Scott Wright
WinemakerKelley Fox
Production2,500 cases Pinot Noir exclusively
CommentsTasting room open Weds-Sun, 11-4. Burgundy wines imported by Scott Paul Wines also offered in the tasting room. 31 acres leased. Est. 1999.
Soter Vineyards
Address10880 NE Mineral Springs Rd., Carlton
Owners and WinemakerTony Soter
Production5,500 cases of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, CabernetFranc, and sparkling wine
CommentsEx Etude winemaker. 32 acres owned. Tasting by appt. Est. 1997.
Van Duzer Vineyards
Address11975 Smithfield Rd., Dallas
OwnerCarl Thoma
WinemakerJim Kakacek
Production14,000 cases Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris
CommentsTasting room with expansive views opendaily, 11-4. 75 acres owned. Est. 1989.
Westrey Wine Co.
AddressPO Box 386, Dundee, OR 97115
Owners and WinemakersAmy Wesselman and David Autrey
Production3,000 cases Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris
CommentsTasting by appt. 18 acres owned. Est. 1993.
White Rose Wines
Address6250 NE Hilltop Ln., Dayton
Owners and WinemakerGreg Sanders
Production2,500 cases of Pinot Noir exclusively
CommentsTasting room with beautiful views of the WillametteValley open 11-5, daily. 10 acres owned (White Rose Vineyard). Est. 2001.

Other Pinot Noir producers worth considering. Andrew Rich Wines, Antica Terra, Beaux Freres, Belle Pente, Benton-Lane Winery, Bergstrom, Bethel Heights Vineyard, Brick House Wine Co., Bryce Vineyards, Capitello, Carabella, Coleman Vineyard, Dobbes Family Estate, Domaine Serene, Dukes Family Vineyards, EIEIO, The Eyrie Vineyards, Hamacher Wines, J Christopher Wines, J K Carriere Wines, Ken Wright, Le Cadeau Vineyards, Lemelson Vineyards, Maysara Winery, McKinlay Vineyards, Medici Vineyards & Winery, Mystic Wines, Owen Roe, Panther Creek Cellars, Patricia Green Cellars, Ribbon Ridge Vineyards, Shea Wine Cellars, Sineann Cellars, St. Innocent, Stoller Vineyards, Territorial Vineyards & Wine Co., Torri Mor Winery, Willakenzie Estate, Willamette Valley Vineyards, Winters Hill Vineyard, and Witness Tree Vineyard.

Cooperative Tasting Rooms
The Carlton Winemakers Studio
(10 wineries - 801 N Scott St., Carlton.
August Cellars
(14000 NE Quarry Rd., Newberg).
12th & Maple Wine Company
(1242 SE Maple, Dundee)
Independent Wine Tasting Venues
Horseradish Wine & Cheese Bar
(211 W Main St., Carlton)
Crush Wine Lounge & Bistro
(115 N. Washington St., Newberg)
Tasting Room in Carlton
(105 W Main, Carlton) Note: The proposed Agrivino Wine Center adjacent to Abbey Farms B&B, home to 56 separate wines daily for tasting, failed open in July, 2008, but to objections by the Oregon Liquor Board Control Commission.
Wine Tasting Venues in Carlton
Ken Wright Cellars
(236 N. Kutch St.)
Tyrus Evan
(120 N. Pine St.)
Canas Feast Winery
(750 W. Lincoln St.)
Scott Paul Wines
(see above)
Solena Cellars
(213 S. Pine St.)
Zenas Wines
(407 W. Main St.)
Dalla Vina Wines
(128 W. Main St.)
Carlton Cellars, Raptor Ridge, Atticus (130 W. Monroe)
Wine Shops

Vinopolis (Oregons largest wine shop 1025 S.W. Washington Ave.), Bellevue Market & Oregon Wine (Hwy 18 and Amity-Bellevue Hwy Intersection). Avalon Wine (201 SW 2nd St, Corvallis comprehensive source of Oregon Pinot Noir check informative website at, NW Wine Bar (326 NE Davis St., McMinnville), Ponzi Wine Bar (7th St and Hwy 99W, Dundee)

Recommended Lodging

Abbey Road Farm B&B
Address10501 NE Abbey Road, Carlton
CommentsCentrally located in Yamhill County. 5 rooms aredecorated in a contemporary country style. A real working farm. 18 wineries within a few miles.
Black Walnut Inn & Vineyard
Address9600 NE Worden Hill Rd., Dundee
CommentsIn the Red Hills of Dundee. Every room has a balcony or patio.
Lobenhaus B&B & Vineyard
Address6975 NE Abbey Road, Carlton
Comments6 rooms in a tri-level, lodge style house.Outside deck and views of woods, creek, vineyard.
Maresh Red Hills Vineyard Retreat
AddressPO Box 401, Dundee, Oregon
CommentsMartha Maresh of Maresh Vineyard rents a3 bedroom spacious home on a hillside with spectacular views of Mt. Hood and the Willamette Valley. 2 miles from 10 Yamhill County wineries and a stroll from the Maresh Red Barn Wine Tasting Room.
Steiger Haus B&B
Address360 Wilson St., McMinnville
Comments5 rooms in an old European country house witha wooded garden setting. Walking distance to downtown McMinnville restaurants.

Recommended Restaurants

Bistro Maison
Address1888 NE 3rd St., McMinnville
CommentsFrench bistro loved by locals and visitors alike.
Address214 W Main St., Carlton
CommentsFrench bistro
Joel Palmer House
Address600 Ferry St., Dayton (a residential location get directions beforehand)
CommentsLocated in the historic home of Joel Palmer.Chef Jack Czarnecki loves to cook with mushrooms. Excellent Oregon wine list.
La Rambla
Address238 NE Third St, McMinnville
CommentsSpanish cuisine including tapas. Over 270 Northwest and Spanish wines.
Nicks Italian Café
Address521 Third St., McMinnville
CommentsA 30 year institution. Extensive wine list. Hearty, unpretentious Italian food.
Red Hills Provincial Dining
Address276 Hwy 99W, Dundee
CommentsNorthwest wine country cuisine.
The Dundee Bistro
AddressCorner of 7th St and Hwy 99W, Dundee
CommentsL&D, classic Willamette Valley cuisine. Ponzi Wine Bar next door.
The Painted Lady
Address201 S College St., Newberg
CommentsRestored Victorian. Superb service and food.
Tinas Restaurant
Address760 Hwy 99W, Dundee
CommentsL Tues-Fri, Dinner nightly. Seasonal and regional organic foods.
Picnic Supplies
Roths Fresh Markets
(1595 S Baker, McMinnville)
Red Fox Bakery
(328 NE Third St., McMinnville)
The Filling Station Deli
(305 W. Main St., Carlton)
Main Street Market and Deli
(208 W. Main St., Carlton)

Note: Consider combining your stay in the Willamette Valley with a few days in Portland. It is a vibrant, beautiful city, especially during the summer time where everyone is outside day and night. Public transportation is terrific. Fine dining is widespread in Portland. Here are a few recommendations: Alexis Bakouros (Greek), fenouil (Moroccan), Wildwood, Pazzo Restorante, Kens Artisan Bakery, Meriwethers Restaurant, Andina Restaurant (Peruvian), Olea Restaurant, D.F. (aqueria Nueve), Terroir, Navarre, Pix Patisserie, Park Kitchen, Nostrana.