Five Gorgeous Wineries in Sonoma County

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Sonoma County as a wine region is about as diverse as it gets. Stretching up alongside the Pacific Ocean from San Pablo Bay to the border of Mendocino County, and extending over forty miles inland to the Mayacamas Mountains range, this little bit of heaven we like to call “the other wine country” showcases stellar cooler-climate varietals like Pinot Noir and Chardonnay which hail from a rugged terroir found along the Sonoma Coast Appellation. The warmer-climate varietals like Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Sauvignon Blanc found further inland in the Alexander Valley AVA brim with lush, full-bodied and fruit-forward profiles in their wines.

So with over 400 wineries across Sonoma County to choose from, how do you plan your day of wine tasting? Not to worry, our VinoVisit Team has you covered. Here are five recommended wineries to visit when you’re in Sonoma County.

1. Lynmar Estate Sebastopol, CA

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The Winery:

Lynmar Estate is situated on a picturesque site with rolling vineyards bordered by the Laguna de Santa Rosa Watershed. The vineyard boasts vines over forty years old with 14 clones of Pinot Noir, 4 clones of Chardonnay, and 1 block of Syrah, and an array of canopy and rootstock combinations that yield exquisite fruit. The state-of-the-art gravity flow winery and cave is an ideal environment for making and aging ultra-premium wine. The hospitality center graces the beauty of the site with simple elegance. Gardens express the bounty of Sonoma County providing fruits, vegetables and herbs for their executive chef. The gorgeous borders that surround the vineyards attract beneficial insects and hummingbirds, providing a natural barrier from pests.

The Lynmar Lunch: Savor a three-course farm to table lunch featuring delightful creations made from estate-grown and locally sourced ingredients thoughtfully paired with select Lynmar wines.

Duration: 1hr 30min
Price: $65 per person

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2. Lioco Winery Santa Rosa, CA


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The Winery:

LIOCO’S search for compelling fruit reaches from the rugged mountains above Cloverdale, to the ridges along the Sonoma Coast, and down into the foggy valleys of Corralitos near Santa Cruz. LIOCO is a combination of founders Matt Licklider and Kevin O’Connor’s last names. Their moniker reflects how tight this team is when it comes to crafting real wines for real people. Their winemaking style is inspired by the Beaujolais philosophy of ‘drink regularly and not just for a special occasions’. 


Private Tasting: Enjoy a private tasting while soaking in the winery vibe at the custom crush facility in Santa Rosa. Taste four (4) LIOCO wines while garnering a better understanding of how wine is crafted and what makes LIOCO wines so unique.

Duration: 1hr
Price: $25 per person

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3. Chalk Hill Estate Vineyards Healdsburg, CA

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The Winery:

The true essence of Chalk Hill Estate is its estate. Located in a unique corner of Sonoma County wine country, the winery’s expansive and beautiful 1,200 acres are surrounded by heritage oak woodlands and a natural riparian stream. The 350 acres of vineyards patchwork into 60 different smaller vineyard blocks, each dedicated to producing distinctive wines of elegance and power. Chalk Hill’s connection to agriculture dates back to the pioneer era when the estate was planted to a broad spectrum of crops, including wine grapes. From the property’s roots in farming, it’s only natural the estate embrace a multifaceted culinary program which today, includes an organic produce garden and a full-time executive chef who creates culinary pairings to expertly showcase the Chalk Hill Estate collection of wines.

Reserve Tasting: Tasting includes a minimum of four (4) wines.

Duration: 1hr 15min
Price: $30 per person

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4. Paradise Ridge Winery – Santa Rosa, CA


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The Winery:

Paradise Ridge Winery offers a distinctive wine country experience with indoor and outdoor tasting bars, a modern-art sculpture grove, vineyard tours, artisan wine and cheese pairings and tastings for larger groups by appointment. The tasting room is known for its incredible panoramic view of Russian River Valley, and for their wide selection of wines from that same appellation, including bottlings from the exclusive Rockpile AVA.

Artisan Wine and Cheese Pairing: This tasting offers local, artisan cheeses paired with seasonal garnishes. As with the wines, each pairing is about balance. The pairings showcase the wine’s distinct varietal characteristics, including fruit, tannin, texture and other subtle nuances.


Duration: 1hr 15min
Price: $30 per person

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5. Copain Wines – Healdsburg, CA


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The Winery:

You are invited to a gorgeous hilltop winery overlooking the bucolic Russian River Valley, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding hills and vineyards. Just minutes from downtown Healdsburg, Copain Wines enjoys magnificent valley views while guests sample a collection of highly acclaimed wines. At Copain, they craft distinctive cooler-climate varietals such as Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Syrah. Their seated tastings at an old farm table include a selection of current release wines accompanied by a local artisan cheese plate.

Estate Flight: a selection of five (5) wines paired with local cheeses and small bites. The tastings are educational, informative and entertaining.


Duration: 45min
Price: $25 per person

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Which winery sounds like a great fit for you? Let us know in the comment section below!



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Anna Xiang

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