Festive Healdsburg Winery Harvest Events to Celebrate Grape Crush Season
Sonoma County Wineries Harvest Parties Guide
The rumble of tractors pulling gondolas can be heard throughout California wine country this month. It’s like Christmas, but Santa’s sleigh is a lot bigger—and filled with beautiful clusters of grapes. Harvest is here, and there are more ways than ever for food and wine lovers to experience grape harvest in Sonoma County at Healdsburg wineries. Here are six fabulous Healdsburg winery harvest events featuring lunch or dinner meals, hosted in September and October in the nearby wine regions of Alexander Valley, Dry Creek Valley and Russian River Valley. The best winery harvest events in Sonoma County are usually reserved to wine club members, and are noted as such, so make sure to join the mailing lists.
Six Fabulous Healdsburg Winery Harvest Events
A communal feast that’s been a tradition at Jordan Winery since the 1980s, Harvest Lunches bring together the winery staff, grape growers and Jordan Estate Rewards members to celebrate the harvest season with delicious, garden-driven dishes, an entrée and dessert by winery chef Todd Knoll and his staff. Hosted weekdays in September and October, the winery lunch is paired with Jordan wines and olive oil and is only available to Silver, Gold and Platinum members of the winery’s loyalty program. Dates change annually based on exact harvest times, but usually run mid-September through early October. $25-$50, plus points
Jordan is also hosting a new Farm-To-Table Interactive Cooking Luncheon series at Relish during harvest, open to the public.
1474 Alexander Valley Road, Healdsburg, CA, 707-431-5250, jordanwinery.com/rewards
Experience the harvest season first-hand with Alexander Valley Vineyards’ biggest party of the year. Hosted annually on a Saturday in September, the wine and food event lasts all day and includes grape picking, grape stomping, bocce ball, lunch, live music and more–all hosted by the Wetzels at their historic family estate on Highway 128. $95-$110
8644 CA-128, Healdsburg, CA, 707-433-7209, avvwine.com/visit
Dry Creek Valley
A Sonoma County wine pioneer, Dry Creek Vineyard offers two harvest celebrations at its Dry Creek Valley winery—a food-and-wine-pairing dinner and a reception-style wine tasting event. Available exclusively to club members, the family-style, farm-to-table dinner is hosted by the winemaker at the Four Clones Vineyard on the winery property and costs $95 per person. The afternoon Harvest Experience is complimentary to members and features wine tasting and mingling in the cellar and gardens while winemakers flurry about. Events are usually hosted on a Saturday and Sunday in September.
3770 Lambert Bridge Road, Healdsburg, CA, 707-433-1000, drycreekvineyard.com
Dry Creek Valley
Hosted annually in mid-September, the Sbragia Family Harvest Moon Dinner features a sit-down feast by winery chef Heidi Finney, served on the winery’s terrace overlooking Dry Creek Valley. Each course is paired with a current vintage or library wine from the Sbragia family, and the food theme changes each year. Live music is included at this harvest event. (This Sonoma County winery is located on the Healdsburg/Geyserville border.) $150-$175
9990 Dry Creek Road, Geyserville, CA, 707-473-2992, sbragia.com
Dry Creek Valley
Lambert Bridge’s annual harvest celebration brings together wine club members, locals and tourists for a family-style, seated dinner in the winery gardens, hosted by winemaker Jennifer Higgins. Chef Didier Ageorges of Pascaline Fine Catering creates the food-and-wine-pairing menu. Hosted annually on a Saturday in mid-to-late September. $145-$175
4085 West Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg, CA, 707-431-9600, lambertbridge.com/visit
Russian River Valley
Hosted annually over two days in October, MacRostie Winery’s harvest party serves as a finale celebration to the crush season in Sonoma County. This club-member-only event features paella from Gerard’s Paella in Occidental, along with new release chardonnays and pinot noirs. Complimentary entry for a member plus one guest.