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 a few of our favorite wine country events during harvest 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 for wine club members, and are noted as such, so make sure to join their mailing lists.
Six Fabulous Healdsburg Winery Harvest Events (updated September 2021)
Jordan Winery Harvest Lunches
An alfresco feast that’s been a tradition at Jordan Winery since the 1980s, Harvest Lunches bring 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 team. Guests will be seated at their own private tables on the winery terrace with sweeping views of Jordan’s culinary garden and chateau. Hosted Thursday through Monday in September, this Sonoma 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. $30-$60, plus loyalty points.
1474 Alexander Valley Road, Healdsburg, CA, 707-431-5250, jordanwinery.com/rewards
Medlock Ames’ Harvest Dinner in the Vineyard
Longtime Alexander Valley producer Medlock Ames is well-known for their annual Dinner in the Vineyard series hosted at their stunning and organically-farmed Bell Mountain Ranch in Chalk Hill. Guests will begin their evening with an intimate reception filled with seasonal hors d’oeuvres, Medlock wine and live music before meandering your way to your table tucked between the vines. Enjoy a private four-course dinner featuring produce from their gardens and favorite Medlock wines selected to pair perfectly with your alfresco meal. Hosted on Saturday, October 2 at 5 p.m. for $245 per person. Tickets available on Tock.
13414 Chalk Hill Road, Healdsburg, CA, 707-431-8845, medlockames.com
Lambert Bridge Harvest Dinner
Dry Creek Valley
Lambert Bridge’s annual harvest celebration brings together wine club members for a family-style, seated dinner in the winery gardens, hosted by winemaker Jennifer Higgins on Saturday, October 2. This event is sold out but guests should email firstname.lastname@example.org to be placed on the waitlist.
4085 West Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg, CA, 707-431-9600, lambertbridge.com/visit
Dry Creek Vineyard 50th Harvest Anniversary Tasting
Dry Creek Valley
A Sonoma County wine pioneer, Dry Creek Vineyard is offering a special celebration this year to celebrate their 50th harvest anniversary. Offered to wine club members only, their Harvest Release Tasting will include a socially-distant seated tasting of their new release wines paired with seasonal fall bites and live music. Join the harvest fun and reserve your seats for Saturday, October 2, for an autumn afternoon of delicious wines and beautiful views. Tickets available on their website.
3770 Lambert Bridge Road, Healdsburg, CA, 707-433-1000, drycreekvineyard.com
West Wines’ Harvest Vineyard Walk and Tasting with the Winemaker
Dry Creek Valley
Explore a Sonoma County vineyard right before harvest with West Wine’s Vineyard Walk and Wine Tasting experience hosted on select Saturdays in September. Winemaker/owner, Katarina Bonde will guide you through the vineyard as you pick grape samples, test sugar and pH levels and learn what goes into her winemaking decisions. Complete your experience with a seated patio tasting and a boxed lunch and charcuterie after your walk. Guests should wear comfortable walking shoes and preorder their meals before arriving. Reserve your spot on their website.
1000 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg, CA, 707-433-2066, westwines.com
Rodney Strong’s Harvest Wine Dinner
Russian River Valley
Mark your calendars for Rodney Strong’s Harvest Dinner on Saturday, September 18. Guests will enjoy an alfresco dinner hosted on the winery green with beautiful vineyard views right from their table . Indulge in a multi-course seasonal menu featuring Ahi Tuna with Truffled Pearls, Macadamia-crusted Sea Bass with Papaya Relish, Silky Beef Short Ribs paired with selected wines from Director of Winemaking, Justin Seidenfeld. Reserve seats on their website. $155 per person, $125 for club members.
11455 Old Redwood Highway, Healdsburg, CA, 707-431-1533, rodneystrong.com