The Best Outdoor Experiences in Northern California Wine Country
Collected by Matt Villano , AFAR Local Expert
875 Rutherford Rd, Napa, CA 94558, USA
Wine, as they say, belongs at the table. Yet most tasting rooms offer only the wine. For a richer experience, seek out wineries that offer food pairings or, better yet, an entire meal. At Robert Sinskey winery, cookbook author and Chef Maria Helm...
17000 Armstrong Woods Rd, Guerneville, CA 95446, USA
Grays and greens abound in this public conservation tract in the tiny town of Guerneville along the Russian River. The area predates logging in the northern part of the state, so the preserve is home to some of the oldest and tallest trees in...
6770 McKinley St, Sebastopol, CA 95472, USA
Sebastopol’s answer to the Napa’s Oxbow Market is The Barlow, a hip and upscale outdoor mall featuring a variety of epicurean hot spots, shops, tasting rooms, and galleries. Once an apple-processing facility, the 18 industrial...
1601 Silverado Trail S, St Helena, CA 94574, USA
In 1989, Chilean winemakers Augustin and Valeria Huneeus happened upon a 280-acre parcel of land in the heart of Rutherford that had never been planted with vines. The couple jumped and bought it. The result is Quintessa, one of the most...
2100 Denmark St, Sonoma, CA 95476, USA
This small-production and boutique winery near downtown Sonoma has achieved cult status in recent years for the exclusivity of the experiences that owners (and brothers) Andrew and Adam Mariani have put together. Standard tastings run about 90...
28700 Arnold Dr, Sonoma, CA 95476, USA
Pairings are everything at Ram’s Gate, one of the first wineries on the drive to wine country from San Francisco. First is the combination of sights: the wonders of architect Howard Backen’s open-concept tasting room in a refurbished...
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