Olivet Road wine trail is a three-mile long road that is home to several excellent wineries. This easy tour makes for a great day of wine tasting. Each of the wineries on Olivet Road is uniquely different. You are certain to find something special about each one of these wineries. Since Olivet Road is off the beaten path, the wineries are less crowded.
To get to Olivet Road wine trail, take the River Road exit from Highway 101. Travel west for approximately three miles and turn left onto Olivet Road.
Top Wineries We Like to Visit on Olivet Road
• Harvest Moon Vineyards & Winery – Zin specialist of the Russian River Valley
• Pellegrini Family Winery – Third generation of family winemaking
• Hook & Ladder – Founded by retired San Francisco Fireman
• Sunce Winery – Many styles and varietals produced in small amounts
• De Loach Vineyards – Biodynamic vineyards, vegetable garden
We recommend that you visit no more than three tasting rooms in one day. Take your time and enjoy the wine country lifestyle.
Dining and Lodging Recommendations
Here is a very handy and informative book for the Sonoma wine country traveler: Back Lane Wineries of Sonoma
Harvest Moon Winery
The Harvest Moon winery is a new winery with its first vintage in 2001. Randy Pitts is the winegrower and winemaker at this small family-owned winery. The winery sits on 12 acres of vineyards and only 2000 cases of wine are produced annually. The flagship wine is the Pitts Home Ranch Zinfandel. The estate vines for this wine are carefully managed to provide the best possible fruit for this lovely-tasting Zinfandel. Harvest Moon also produces a very nice dry and an off dry Gewurztraminer and two delicious dessert wines. The Harvest Moon winery sells its wines from the tasting room or Web site only. The prices of the wines are quite reasonable. To get to Harvest Moon, drive down Olivet Road one mile from River Road. The Harvest Moon entrance is on the left.
Tasting Room daily, 10:30 am. to 4:30.
Phone: (707) 573-8711, email: email@example.com, Harvest Moon
Pellegrini Family Winery
Take West Olivet Road, a narrow and beautiful country road to Pellegrini Family Winery. The Pellegrini family has been making wine since the early 1930’s and is now in its 3rd generation of family ownership. Today the winery owns and cultivates over 100 acres of vineyards in the Olivet Lane area and the Alexander Valley about 15 miles north. The winery produces a wide range of quality wines under three different labels. The Tuscan style winery is a new facility. Surprisingly, the old winery facilities were located in San Francisco. With a new facility and new winemaking philosophy, the Pellegrini Family is producing an excellent line of wines. We found all their wines to be very good and priced quite reasonably.
Tasting room is Thursday to Monday, 11 to 4:30
Phone: (707) 545-8680, firstname.lastname@example.org, Pellegrini Winery
Hook & Ladder Winery
This is a family affair at Hook & Ladder winery. The winery was founded by retired San Francisco Fireman Cecil De Loach, hence the name of the winery. Cecil founded De Loach winery down the bottom of the road but sold that several years ago to form a smaller and much more manageable winery. The winemaker is the grandson, Jason De Loach. This is fun winery to visit and overall the wines are good and nicely priced.
Tasting Room daily, 10:30 am. to 4:30
Phone: (707) 526-2255, email@example.com, Hook & Ladder
Sunce winery is just down the road from Inspiration on the opposite side of the road. Dr. France Franicevic, who is a native of Croatia, owns the Sunce Winery. His family has a long history of winemaking and this knowledge and experience is evident in the excellent wines produced at Sunce. The winery produces 5000 cases of wine per year, yet it produces a wide range of labels. Some of the wines are produced in very small amounts and these wines sell out quickly. We are amazed at the number of wines available in the tasting room. Don’t pass up the Pinot Noir wines, they are very good. The visitor will certainly find one or two wines to match their palate.
Tasting Room Hours: Open Daily 10:00 am – 4:30.
Phone: (707)-526-WINE (9463), email:firstname.lastname@example.org, Sunce
In 2003, the Boisset Family of France purchased DeLoach and its 17 acres of vineyards. The Boisset Family is well known for the Burgundy wines it produces in France. The Family has brought that tradition to their Russian River Valley winery. They revamped De Loach, duplicating what they do in France. Since taking over the winery they have converted the estate vineyard acres to organic and biodynamic farming. Fifteen open wooden tanks are used for the fermentation process. As Pinot Noir grapes ferment in these tanks the punching down of the “cap” is accomplished by hand in the old-style Burgundy tradition. The tasting room is beautiful and visitors can picnic on the grounds. The setting here is lovely and peaceful, the prefect spot to relax and enjoy wine country.
Tasting room open daily, 10 am to 5, tours offered, see Website for details.
Phone: (707) 526-9111, email: email@example.com, Deloach Vineyards
Note: Inspiration vineyards recently moved its winery operation and tasting room from Olivet Road to 3360 Coffey Lane – Suite E, Santa Rosa, CA 95403
Tasting room is open daily from 11am until 4:30pm.
Additional wine routes in the Healdsburg wine region of Sonoma
- Westside Road Wine Trail
- Old Redwood Highway Wine Trail
- Alexander Valley Wine Trail
- Geyserville Wine Trial
- Dry Creek Valley Wine Route
- 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
- 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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