Tour Details: This wine tour on the Glen Ellen Wine Trail offers a great mix of wineries. The wine trial begins in the Carneros Wine Appellation and then travels along Arnold Road to the quaint town of Glen Ellen. There are some outstanding restaurants and places to stay in Glen Ellen. The Glen Ellen Market is upscale and is an excellent place to pick up a picnic lunch to go along with a great day of wine tasting. Enjoy your wine tasting on the Glen Ellen Wine Trail.
Top Wineries to Visit on This Wine Trail
• Schug Winery – a Carneros Estate Winery
• Robledo Family Winery – 1st Mexican Family owned winery in Sonoma
• Madrone Vineyards Estate – winery founded in 1863
• Eric Ross Winery – Photo journalists turn to winemaking
• Benziger Family Winery – Great tour and demonstration vineyards
• Mayo Family Winery – Single vineyard wines
Dining and Lodging Recommendations
A very helpful book on discovering the wineries of Glen Ellen and Sonoma Country: Back Lane Wineries of Sonoma
From the Golden Gate Bridge, travel north on Highway 101 for 20 miles. Take Highway 37 towards Vallejo. Travel for 7 miles and take the left turn directing drivers to the Infineon Raceway and Sonoma. This is Highway 121. Travel another 6 miles and there will be a major intersection. At this intersection take a left on Bonneau Road to visit the first winery, Schug Winery.
This winery is located at the northern end of the Carneros appellation just before the Sonoma Valley and Sonoma Mountain appellations begins. This is a lovely drive along Bonneau to the Schug Winery. The winery is a small family owned winery specializing in Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from their estate Carneros vineyards. The tasting room atmosphere is friendly and welcoming.The estate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are consistently good and priced at a good value point.
Tasting room open daily, 10 am to 5, (707) 939-9363 ext 202
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Robledo Family Winery
The Robledo Family Winery is just up the road from Schug. It is the first Mexican family-own winery in Sonoma. The tasting room is a wonderful display of the Robledo Mexican heritage. This a success story where hard work and perseverance have led to this great winery and the vineyards holdings in California. The winery has a very nice picnic area. The tasting room and winery are somewhat secluded at this end of the Carneros area. The Robledo Family also has a tasting room in Lake County where they also own vineyards. Try the Lake County Sauvignon Blanc, inexpensive and delightfully refreshing.
Tasting Room is open by appointment Monday to Saturday, 10 to 5 pm, Sunday, 11 to 4 pm.
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Madrone Vineyards Estate
From Schug, turn left onto Highway 116 and take Arnold Drive towards Glen Ellen.Travel for about 6 miles and turn right on Madrone. The winery will be on the left in just a very short distance. The Stewart family purchased the winery in 2012 and made many upgrades including the addition of a small-lot winery to produce new Madrone Vineyards Estate wines and a remodeled tasting room that fuses a contemporary feel with the winery’s rich history. The winery was founded in 1863 and now returns to its original name Madrone Vineyards Estate. They have added some impressive new tastings including a cheese and wine pairing with Laura Chenel cheeses and four tastes of Madrone Vineyards Wines, and launched a culinary program featuring small bites featuring recipes inspired by local restaurants and chefs like The Girl and the Fig’s Sondra Bernstein, Glen Ellen Star, Aventine and Olive and Vine on the beautiful patio surrounded by old Zinfandel vines next to the historic barrel cellar Wednesdays-Saturdays 1-4 pm. Winemaker David Marchesi, who got his start at Gundlach Bundschu and honed his skills in Napa Valley at Duckhorn’s Paraduxx, joined the winery in 2014 and is creating beautiful small-production wines which range from around $20-85, most sourced from the estate with only around 200-300 cases of each produced.
Eric Ross Winery
From Madrone, turn right on Arnold Drive and travel about one mile. The Eric Ross tasting room is located in Jack London Village. The Eric Ross Winery is a very small production winery owned and operated by two former San Francisco Chronicle photographers, Eric Luse and John Ross Storey. At the the quaint Jack London Village you can taste some wonderful wines and do some browsing as well. Several of the wines come from vineyards over from the west side of Sonoma in the cooler climates of the Russian River Valley AVA. The Zinfandels are tops here.
Tasting room open Thursday through Monday, 11 am to 4:30, (707) 939-8525
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Benziger Family Winery
Just a short distance beyond Jack London Village on Arnold Drive, watch for signs pointing toward Jack London Park and the Benziger Winery. You will turn left onto London Ranch Road and drive for about three quarters of a mile. The Benziger Winery is a very fun winery to visit. If you have only a limited time to visit one winery, choose this one. There is a lot to do here as well as being a great spot for a picnic lunch. We recommend you take the Biodynamic Tour and Tasting. It is priced at $25.oo per guest and $10.oo for those guest under the age of 21. You will learn a great deal about winemaking, and it includes a tasting of some fine reserve wines. Spend some time at the Vineyard Discovery Center. You will learn about the various trellis systems and why each type is used. Benziger practices biodynamic farming. The tasting room has lots of merchandise including framed art work. Visiting Benziger is an enjoyable and educational wine experience.
Tasting room open daily 10 am to 5, (707) 935-3000
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Mayo Family Winery
To reach Mayo from Benziger, take a left onto Arnold Dr. You will travel through the heart of Glen Ellen. There are several good restaurants and places to stay on this stretch. Mayo is located at the end of Arnold Dr. where it meets Highway 12. Mayo recently opened this Glen Ellen tasting room and limited production wine facility. Mayo specializes in single vineyard wines and small case production. Mayo’s Zinfandels have been a favorite of many of the locals. From Mayo, one can loop back on Highway 12 to either visit the town of Sonoma or eventually take Highway 121 back to San Francisco.
Tasting room open daily 10:30 am to 6:30, (707) 938-9401
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Map – Glen Ellen Wine Route and Wine Trail