About the Walks
Here is why we think Vineyard Walks are the best way to see wine country:
- You see where the grapes are grown, not just the tasting room. Winemakers say 90% of wine is made in the field.
- You stay active and healthy on vacation.
- You get inside access to private vineyard lands and people you would otherwise never see or meet.
- Your own personal guide will share his or her knowledge about grape growing, wine making, and Sonoma County.
- Walks can be tailored to all ability levels and you need have no wine knowledge yourself.
- Walks with lunch and wine tasting make a great way to celebrate special occasions, put a little romance in your relationship, or provide a gift for a friend. We also have discounts for groups.
- You can even bring your dog! (Note dogs must be people- and dog-friendly, some wineries won't allow dogs, and others might require a leash. You must tell us in advance if you wish to bring your dog.)
Our Sonoma Vineyard Walks feature the following outstanding vineyards, all located in the Dry Creek Valley. We will select two of the three walks based on availability, since generally one vineyard is closed due to construction, private events, etc.
Montemaggiore is named after the small Italian village where the owners, the Ciolino family, are from. This incredible vineyard is located high above Dry Creek Valley and the walk takes you through vineyards and oak forests, culminating with a fantastic view of the entire valley below. The walk is perfect for those of you wishing to get your heart rate up. The winery specializes in Syrah, which is most fitted to the mountainous terrain, and produces a Syrah and a Syrah/Cab blend each year. Choose this walk for insight into a small family-run operation.
Quivira Vineyards & Winery is located in the heart of Dry Creek on the flat valley floor. The winery specializes in Biodynamic farming and winemaking. Quivira specializes in Zinfandel, Sauvignon Blanc and Rhone varietals and recently won four medals at the 2008 Sonoma County Harvest Fair. The walk itself is relatively moderate and can either stay on the flat valley floor or cross West Dry Creek Road to Quivira's hillside vineyards. Choose this walk to learn about biodynamic wine and for the excellent tasting experience.
Michel-Schlumberger sits on a rare piece of level ground in Sonoma County’s Wine Creek Canyon, a distinctive mission-style winery with white stucco walls, bell tower and terracotta tiled roof. On three sides, vineyards are stitched across the rolling hills, with Wine Creek quietly running along the front of the Estate. The property boasts more than 88 acres of prime benchland vineyards—long, narrow strips of level land bound by steeper slopes above and below, renowned for producing healthy, high-quality grapes. Add to that 16 acres on the tip of Bradford Mountain looking out to the Pacific Ocean, an olive orchard, a lake and more than nine different soil types across the elevations of the property and you have a good challenge for any winemaker!