100 year old wineries in Sonoma

Buena Vista Winery in Sonoma

Visit historic Sonoma Valley wineries just off the Sonoma Plaza

There are five excellent wineries in and around the town of Sonoma. Buena Vista (1857) is the oldest winery in Sonoma and Gundlach Bundschu just a few months later as a start date. Around the town Square are many tasting rooms. We prefer visiting a working winery with all the winemaking equipment and aging barrels. It is always fun to grab a picnic lunch on the Square and picnic at one of the wineries. 

Wineries to Visit in the Town of Sonoma

  • Gundlach Bundschu – Sixth generation of family ownership, informed tasting room staff
  • Buena Vista Winery – Recently purchased & remodel by Boisset Family. Restored cellar is open.
  • Sebastiani Vineyards – Sebastiani Family, started in 1904, owned by Foley Family Wines
  • Ravenswood Winery – So many different Zins, Joel Peterson, the master Zin winemaker
  • Bartholomew Estate Vineyards & Winery – exceptional estate-grown wines while enjoying glorious views

We recommend you visit no more than three wineries in one day. Relax and enjoy the wine country.

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Gundlach Bundschu

To get to this historic family-owned winery from the plaza, travel east on East Napa Rd., turn right on 8th St. and follow the white winery signs. The wines are all excellent at this historic winery. The winery began operation in 1857 with a founding date just a short three months later than the nearby Buena Vista Winery. The winery today is owned by the same family and is now in its sixth generation with Jim Bundschu at the helm. The winery produces about 40,000 cases of wine per year. They provide an incredible 16 wine varieties and all but two wines from the Gundlach Bundschu Estate of 350 acres of vineyards. They produce several white varietals, all dry and well balanced. The reds are the most recognized, with the Merlot, the best seller. The grounds are quite beautiful, with two marvelous picnic area. Don’t pass by this winery — two favorite wines: The dry Gewurztraminer and the delicious Tempranillo.

Tasting room open daily, 11 am to 4:30, (707) 939 3015
info@gunbun.com, Gundlach Bundschu

Buena Vista Winery

If you are a wine history buff, you will need to stop in at the Buena Vista winery, the first premium winery in California, and a registered historic landmark. It opened its doors in 1857, founded by wine pioneer Count August Hazasthy. Today the winery is own by Boisset Family Estates. You will enjoy browsing the memorabilia in this historic tasting room. Jean Charles Boisset has recently modernized the facilities, including the historic caves. To get to the winery from the Sonoma Plaza, travel east on East Napa Rd., almost to the end, and turn left on Old Winery Rd. and follow the signs to the winery. Be sure to visit the Buena Vista Winery Website to get the latest information tasting and tours.

Tasting room open daily, 10 am to 5, (800) 926 1266
bvw_info@buenavistawinery.com, Buena Vista Winery

Sebastiani Vineyards

Sebastiani is another grand old winery in the town of Sonoma. The Sebastiani Family began operating this winery in 1904. In 2009 the Sebastiani Family sold the winery to Bill Foley and his Foley Estate corporation. Sebastiani Family members decided to go their separate wines to operate wineries under different labels. The Sebastiani winery still has much history of California winemaking to view and experience. To get to the tasting room from the Plaza, head out along East Napa St. to Fourth St. East. Make a left turn, and you will shortly see the parking lot and hospitality center.

Tasting room open daily, 10 am to 5
(707) 933-3230, Email: info@sebastiani.com, Sebastiani Vineyards 

Ravenswood Winery

If you like Zinfandel wine, make sure you put Ravenswood winery at the top of your list. The winery currently produces 15 different Zinfandels. One in massive amounts for wide distribution, the others are small case lot Zinfandels. A good idea when visiting Ravenswood is to compare a few of the Zinfandels made from various areas of California. You get an idea of the aroma and flavor differences found in the different growing regions. To get to Ravenswood Winery, take Fourth St. East, and drive past Sebastiani. Turn right onto Lovall Valley Rd, then a left turn onto Gehricke Road and up the hill a short distance.

Tasting room open daily 10 to 5,
(888) 669-4679, Ravenswood Winery

Bartholomew Estate Winery

Bartholomew Estate Winery is housed in a historic hospital building nestled in the middle of 375-acre Bartholomew Park. The first private vineyard in Sonoma Valley was planted on the property in 1832 by Yndigena Viviano who was granted the land by Mission Solano. Count Agoston Hazasthy planted his vineyards here in 1856, including the first Zinfandel planted in Sonoma Valley and built his private villa on the property as well. Bartholomew Estate is owned by the Winemaker, Kevin Holt and the Trustee of the Bartholomew Foundation, Anna Pope. Together they are focused on producing the highest quality wines from the estate’s certified organic vineyards.

Tasting room open daily, 11am to 4:30pm, (707) 509.0540
Email: info@bartestate.combartholomewestate.com