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The historic Korbel Champagne Cellars on River Road – along the Russian River




The Westside road wine trail takes you through the famed Russian River Valley, the land of Pinot Noir and other cool climate varietals. This drive meanders through breathtaking hills of vineyards ending along the banks of the Russian River at Korbel Champagne Cellars. From the Healdsburg Square go south on Healdsburg Ave. and turn right on Mill St. Take Mill St. under the freeway. Mill St. will lead you to Westside Road to the Mill Creek Winery. The Russian River Valley wineries produce a wide range of excellent white and red varietal wines. You find great Pinot Noir wines as well as fine Cabernet wines along the Westside Road wine trail.



The Top Westside Road Wineries

• Mill Creek Winery – Small winery with unique water mill
• Armida Winery – Best view; good reds, good picnic spot
• Bacigalupi Vineyards– Family winery with an emphasis on Pinot Noir
• MacRosite House – Newest winery on Westside Road, spectacular setting
• Hop Kiln Winery – Best picnic spot; the historic Hop Kiln building
• Rochioli Vineyards – Pinot Noir specialist
• Porter Creek Vineyards – Family own with delicious Pinot Noir
• Korbel Cellars – Excellent tour, best gardens, deli,- historic

We recommend you visit only three wineries in one stay. Enjoy the peacefulness of the region.

Dining and Lodging Recommendations

 

Other wineries along the Westside Road wine trail to consider visiting:

• Twomey Cellars
• Matrix
• V.M.L.
• Arista
• Moshin
• Gary Farrell


Mill Creek Winery

Look for Mill Creek Winery just a short distance on Westside Road. This is a small family owned winery producing 15,000 cases of wine per a year. Besides the good wines you will be attracted by the interesting water wheel and pond. Above the tasting room is a picnic deck area that offers a great view of the valley below. The tasting room facility was modeled after the old wood mills that were around in the 1900s.Try the Gewürztraminer, it’s dry and is one of the few wineries producing this varietal in this region. The Merlot is also an excellent choice.

Tasting room open daily from 10 to 5 p.m.
Phone:
(707) 431-2121, e-mail: tr@mcvonline.com, Mill Creek Winery


Armida Winery

A short distance from Mill Creek is Armida Winery. This winery wins the award for the best view. The winery’s picnic area and tasting room overlook the valley below. The tasting room is a geodesic dome and is spacious, with very large windows that present a fantastic setting for wine tasting. If you’re a Zinfandel lover, Armida makes some very good ones. In 2006 the winery began producing an estate Zinfandel/Petite Sirah blend named Il Campo. The Zin andPetite Syrah are picked all together and co-fermented. Try it.

Tasting room open daily from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tours by appointment
Phone:
707.433.2222, E-mail: wino@armida.com, Armida




Bacigalupi Vineyards

The Bacigalupi Vineyards tasting room opened in June 2011. It is snuggled amidst a set of oak trees set back from Westside Road.  The Bacigalupi Family sells 90% of the grapes to various wineries and uses 10% for the Bacigalupi label. The Bacigalupi signature wine is Pinot Noir, but they also produce a Chardonnay, Zinfandel and Petite Sirah. One of the neat things to do here is to take a walk up to the oldest and most famous Chardonnay vineyard in Sonoma County. These vines are the Wente Clone and were planted in 1964. These Chardonnay vines were used in the Chateau Montelena Chardonnay wine that took first place honors in the famous “Judgment of Paris.” in 1976.

Tasting Room open daily 11 to 5 pm.
Phone:
(707)473-0115, Bacigalupi Vineyards


MacRostie Estate House

Traveling from Healdsburg on Westside Road, on the right your eye will catch the beautiful rolling vineyards and the spectacular MacRostie Estate House tasting room. You will be greeted with a glass of wine. Tasting is sit down fashion either inside or out on the terrace.  Visitors usually get two wine glasses to enjoy and compare two different Chardonnay wines and two Pinot Noir wines. It is a great way to educate your palate and discover the subtle differences in two wines.  Veteran winemaker Steve MacRostie brings a new style of wine tasting to Westside Road.

Tasting room is open daily 11 to 5 pm.
Phone:(707)473-9303, MacRosite


Hop Kiln Estate Winery

Hop Kiln is about 4 miles past the Armida Winery and on the left side of Westside Road traveling towards the west. Immediately you will notice the unique structure of this winery. The winery was originally built as a facility for drying hops, one of the prime ingredients used in making beer. The tasting room is very rustic and filled with interesting items. It’s a cozy spot for tasting good wines. We recommend Hop Kiln for your picnic lunch. The picnic tables are located alongside a small pond behind the winery. Just a couple of years ago Hop Kiln constructed an additional picnic just outside the tasting room.  There are several picnic tables all with umbrellas. It’s a very good place to relax, eat, and take in a glass of Hop Kiln’s Pinot Grigio or Rosé of Pinot Noir. Could life get any better than this?

Tasting room open daily from 10 a.m to 5 pm
Phone:
(707) 433-6491, e-mail: info@hopkilnwinery.com, Hop Kiln


Rochioli Vineyards

Rochioli Vineyards is located next door to Hop Kiln. The father and son team of Joe and Tom Rochioli are producing some of the finest wines in California . Joe tends to the 160 acres in this Russian River Valley appellation property while Tom does the winemaking. The team produces 10,000 cases of wine per year with several single vineyard bottlings. At the winery you can taste and purchase some of their larger production wines. However, their reserve wines, which are limited production wines, are purchased as soon as the release date notice goes out to the mailing list. Sorry to say, but to get on the Rochioli mailing list it is about a six-year wait.

Tasting room open daily 11 am to 4, (707) 433-2305, Rochioli


Porter Creek Vineyards

From Rochioli continue on Westside Road another 2.5 miles and then turn right into the Porter Creek Winery. This is a small but very popular tasting room. Get there early in the day to enjoy your round of wine tasting. Most often Jonathan will be in the tasting room pouring samples and telling tales and dispensing descriptive information about Porter Creek and all the wines. Porter Creek boasts a 1000 member wine club and that speaks volumes about the wine at Porter Creek. With approximately, 3500 cases of wine produced annually, many vintages sell out quickly.

Tasting room open daily 10:30 to 4:30
Phone:
(707) 433-6321, info@portercreekvineyards.com, Porter Creek


Korbel Cellars

To get to Korbel, continue on Westside Road until you end up on River Road. Turn right and travel about 2 miles to Korbel. Korbel has one of the better tours and takes you through the step-by-step process of making champagne in the French tradition. You will also want to check out the amazing rose garden and the luxurious tasting room. There is also a good deli restaurant where you can eat while enjoying one of the most beautiful settings along the Russian River. One reason we like Korbel so much is because it is the first winery we visited back in 1965.

Tasting Room Hours 10:00AM – 4:30PM Monday through Sunday
Champagne Cellar Tour Hours 11:00AM – 3:00PM Monday through Sunday
Garden Tours Hours 1:00PM and 3:00PM Tuesday through Sunday Closed Mondays. Garden Tours offered mid April to mid October.
Phone:
(707) 824-7000, E-mail: info@korbel.com, Korbel


Optional Lodging

If you have the opportunity and are looking for a small town experience, the town of Occidental will make a great overnight stay. You can get to Occidental by continuing to drive on River Road towards Monte Rio. Once in Monte Rio look for the signs to Occidental. There are two famous restaurants here where you can get traditional family style Italian meals. This a fun little town. The town is surrounded by Redwoods and is worth a stay for at least one night and a dinner at one of the two Italian spots, Negri’s and the Union Hotel.

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Additional wine routes in the Healdsburg wine region of Sonoma

Tips for your Healdsburg Wine Tour

  • You are encouraged to have a designated driver. Consider hiring a limousine or van service.
  • First time to a winery in Healdsburg? Find out what happens in a typical tasting room.
  • Are you wondering about how to taste wine? Wine Tasting Techniques
  • Almost wineries in the Healdsburg charge a tasting fee. Expect to pay $10 or more to taste. Two people can always elect to share a tasting.
  • If you cannot picnic, enjoy a delicious lunch at one of Healdsburg’s many fine restaurants.
  • We list Healdsburg lodging.
  • Pace yourself and make a day of wine tasting. Don’t forget your camera.
  • Visiting three wineries in one day is enough to you keep you busy and content with the slow and easy pace of wine country.
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