Three Historic Wineries in Sonoma
Less than hour from the San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge, you will find the historic town of Sonoma and thee famous wineires. Buena Vista is the oldest winery in Sonoma and an historic landmark. Just a short distance away is the second oldest winery in Sonoma, Gundlach Bundchu, now in its sixth generation of family ownership. Sebastiani Vineyards is located near the Plaza and has a new tasting facility. Don’t pass up a visit to the Plaza. It’s filled with interesting shops plus the Sonoma Cheese Factory where you can get a picnic lunch.
Directions from the San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge
• Take 101 North and exit at Highway 37
• Travel on Highway 37 for roughly 8 miles
• Turn left to Highway 121 and Sonoma
• Take Highway 12 to Sonoma
• At the Plaza, turn right on East Napa Rd.
• To get to Buena Vista travel nearly to the end of East Napa Rd.
• Turn left on Old Winery Road
• To get to Gundlach Bundchu, travel down East Napa Rd from the Plaza
• Turn Right on 8th Street, and follow the white winery signs
On route to these wineries, a suggested spot to pick up a picnic lunch is the Sonoma Cheese Factory on the Plaza at 2 Spain Street. Best picnic spot is Gundlach Bundchu
Buena Vista is one of our favorite wineries to visit in the Sonoma Valley area. The old stone buildings seem to bring history to the present day. Imagine making wine in the late 1800s. Imagine Count August Hazasthy roaming the wine cellar and barrel tasting his Zinfandel. There is much to learn about California wine at Buena Vista Winery, Bring a picnic lunch if you have time. There are picnic tables and much to enjoy here.
Tasting room open daily, 10 am to 5, (800) 926 1266
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There is more wine history to experience at the Gundlach Bundchu Winery. Gundlach Bundchu is just three months younger than the Buena Vista winery. While Buena Vista has had several owners over its history, Gundlach Bundchu is still in the hands of the originating founding family. Jim Bundchu leads the way, the sixth generation family member to run the winery. That is a fantastic track record in the world of wine. Gundlach Bundchu is one of our favorite picnic spots in the wine country. There are three separate picnic areas, and all are very beautiful. Oh yes, the wines are excellent and exciting. We love the Tempranillo and the delicious and dry Gewurztraminer.
Tasting room open daily, 11 am to 5 pm
If you have time, a third historic winery is nearby, Sebastiani Vineyards. In 1904 Sebastiani Family started the winery and operated the winery until 2009. Sadly, the family sold the entire winery and name to wine enterpriser Bill Foley. Since the sale, the Sebastiani winery continues to make excellent wines. The only factor lacking is the connecting to the founding family of one Sonoma’s historic wineries.
Tasting room open daily, 10 am to 5 pm