Field Stone Winery in the Alexander Valley
April in wine country is when tasting room activity ramps ups. Lodging, restaurants and wineries prepare for the return of tourism to wine country. This year, an unusually warm winter has caused an early bud break in the vineyards. The vines are three weeks ahead of the normal growing season. This photo was taken near Field Stone Winery on Alexander Valley Road, near the Sonoma County town of Healdsburg. April is one of our favorite times in wine country. The vineyard rows look clean and neat. Wild flowers, especially the California Poppy, are abundant. The climate in April is cool and pleasant for walking and picnicking in the vineyards. A favorite winery of ours to visit and have a picnic lunch is Field Stone Winery. It is quiet here, even on weekends. The views are fantastic and no one seems to care if you stroll around the vineyards. The picnic tables are all under very old oak trees. The tasting room staff is very welcoming at this family-owned winery. To get to Field Stone Winery, take Healdsburg Avenue to Alexander Valley Road (Hwy. 128) and follow it for ten miles until you get to Field Stone. Another winery to visit is Hanna Winery just before Field Stone. The tasting room is high on a hill and the views of the Alexander Valley are spectacular. For complete details on Field Stone, Hanna and other nearby wineries consult our Alexander Valley Wine Trail.