The getaway to the lower Alexander Valley wineries features small and delightful tasting rooms and views. The combination of unique wineries and absolutely beautiful rolling hills of vineyards is hard to match in any wine country. We highly recommend you pick up your picnic lunch at Big John’s Market on Healdsburg Ave. Continue on Healdsburg Ave for about 2 miles. Watch for the sign pointing the way to the Alexander Valley Road. Turn right onto Alexander Valley Road.
Top wineries to visit in the Alexander Valley
• Stuhlmuller Vineyards – A hidden gem
• Medlock Ames Tasting Room – In historic Alexander Bar
• White Oak Vineyards – Great lineup of wines
• Soda Rock Winery – Historic and a fun tasting room
• Alexander Valley Vineyards – Excellent value in reds
• Hanna Winery – Best view, excellent Cabernet and Sauvignon Blanc
We recommend that you visit no more than three wineries in one day. Take in a leisurely picnic along the way.
Dining and Lodging Recommendations
Here is a helpful book on wineries in the Sonoma area including the Alexander Valley: Back Lane Wineries of Sonoma
Stuhlmuller Vineyards stands alone on the west bank of the Russian River on Soda Rock Lane in the Alexander Valley. It is quiet and away from Highway 128. Turn right from Highway 128 on West Soda Rock Lane to the end. Stuhlmuller Vineyards has a beautiful tasting room with spectacular vineyards in front. The Chardonnay and the Pinot Noir are delicious. Stuhmuller has picnic tables and is a delightful spot to enjoy a picnic lunch.
The tasting room is open daily, 10:30 to 4:30 pm, 707-431-7745
Medlock Ames Tasting Room
Medlock Ames is a tasting room only, but one well worth visiting. The winery is off in the distance in a hilly section of the Alexander Valley. The tasting room is much easier to drive. Medlock Ames is in a restored century-old building, once known at the Alexander Store & Bar. The winery offers cheese and wine, as well as a regular wine tasting. The tasting room is a very cool and inviting place. The wines are all outstanding. Our two favorites are the Rosé and the Sauvignon Blanc
Tasting Room in open daily from 10 am-4:30 pm.
White Oak Vineyards and Winery
Continue on Highway 128 around the big turn and then watch for the White Oak Vineyards and Winery entrance on the right. 1981is the start of the winery, and the wine production was a handful of wines from a single vineyard. In the years following, owner Bill Myers, brought in partners and purchased additional vineyards. The winery opened a new Mediterranean tasting room in 1998. Today the winery is making a line of excellent wines. At our recent tasting, we tasted five wines that were well made and full of character. The Zinfandel and the Syrah are incredibility good. The grounds lovely, and the winery has an inviting atmosphere. The tasting room is elegant, and a walk up the staircase leads to a display of prints and photographs. The view of the surrounding vineyards is a delight.
Tasting room open daily, 10 to 5 pm
Phone: (707) 433.8429 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, White Oak Vineyards
Soda Rock Winery
Sadly and unfortunately, the Soda Rock winery was destroyed by the Kincade Fire of 2019. The entire winery and tasting burned to the ground. The owners, the Wilson Family, have set up a temporary tasting room. The family plans to rebuild the winery as soon as possible. Please visit them and help them back to recovery. Please check the Soda Rock Website for additional details.
Tasting room open daily 11 to 5 pm.
Phone: (707) 433-3303, Soda Rock
Alexander Valley Vineyards
Just down the road from Johnson’s and to the left is Alexander Valley Vineyards. This family-owned winery was purchased in 1962 by Harry and Maggie Wetzel. Shortly after, vineyards were planted and in 1975 the family built the winery and tasting room. The estate land once belonged to Cyrus Alexander for whom the valley is named. The winery produces 80,000 cases annually on 125 acres of vineyards. They produce nine different types of wines so you should find something here to your liking. Don’t pass up a bottle of the Sin Zin if it is available.
Tasting room open daily, 10 to 5 pm
Phone: (707)433-7209, e-mail: AVV@ avvwine.com, Alexander Valley Vineyards
Your next stop is just a short mile away. The Hanna Winery is located to the left on Alexander Valley Road on a stunning hillside. Travel up the driveway to the tasting room that was built just a few years ago. It’s a beautiful tasting room and offers an exciting view of the lower Alexander Valley. The winery is owned by Dr. Ellis Hanna, a famous San Francisco cardiologist. The winery produces excellent wines. The Sauvignon Blancs and Chardonnays are particularly good. The 1999 Cabernet has been highly rated and is an excellent value at its price.
Tasting room open daily, 10 to 4 pm
Phone: 800-854-3987, e-mail: Hannawinery@hannawinery.com, Hanna Winery
Additional wine routes in the Healdsburg wine region of Sonoma
- Westside Road Wine Trail
- Old Redwood Highway Wine Trail
- Dry Creek Valley Wine Trail
- Geyserville Wine Trial
- Olivet Road Wine Trail
- Green Valley Wine Trail
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
- Most 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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