Festive Winery Harvest Events to Celebrate Grape Crush Season
Sonoma Harvest Events 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 the festivities in Sonoma County. Here are a few of our favorite wine country events during harvest featuring lunch or dinner meals, hosted in September and October. The best winery harvest events in Sonoma are usually reserved for wine club members, and are noted as such, so make sure to join their mailing lists.
Six Fabulous Winery Harvest Events (updated September 2022)
Jordan Winery Harvest Lunches
A harvest tradition, Jordan offers lunch alfresco to its loyalty members through October 15. Each lunch celebrates the harvest season and bounty of the Jordan Winery Garden while offering pairings of Jordan wines, including the Jordan Cuvée by Champagne AR Lenoble as well as two vintages of chardonnay and two vintages of cabernet sauvignon . Seatings happen Wednesday through Saturday at 12:30 p.m. for private tables on the Chateau Terrace. Menus change daily based on what’s fresh from the garden and feature four courses including a salad and vegetables, seafood and an entrée course, as well as dessert. $160, preferred pricing available for Silver, Gold and Platinum members of Jordan Estate Rewards.
1474 Alexander Valley Road, Healdsburg, CA, 707-431-5250, jordanwinery.com/rewards
Buena Vista Annual Harvest Brunch
The historic winery celebrates harvest with this lively Sunday brunch, happening September 25 at 10:30 a.m. Held in the Fountain Courtyard, it includes a tour of the winery to learn about the process of crushing and hand sorting grapes before enjoying a sumptuous autumnal meal and live music.
18000 Old Winery Road, Sonoma, 800-926-1266, buenavistawinery.com
Harvest Dinner with Field Day at Bella Vineyards and Wine Caves
Dry Creek Valley
Field Day chef Amy Brown will prepare a harvest-inspired meal to pair with Bella wines under the stars at this lively dinner, accompanied by Brazilian musician Monica De Silva. Chef Brown cooks from a retrofitted school bus that’s been turned into a kitchen. October 7 from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. $185; reservations required.
9711 West Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg, 707-473-9171, bellawinery.com
Home for Harvest at Three Sticks Wines
Happening on October 14 and 15, this is a fall release event that also serves as a marketplace of local products and people, with live music, sips and bites to enjoy along the way. Among the producers in attendance will be Single Thread Farm Stand (Friday only), with bouquets, produce boxes and pantry items; Rustic Bakery with sourdough flatbread; Lala’s Jam Bar with a proprietary Three Sticks jam; The Caviar Co. with bumps of caviar and caviar kits to take home; and Volo Chocolates with its Mexican-inspired lollipop-style chocolates. Friday is 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., $45 and for club members only; Saturday’s events take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and again from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. for $75.
143 W Spain Street, Sonoma, 707-996-3328, threestickswines.com
Fall Winemaker Dinner at Comstock Wines
Dry Creek Valley
The red carpet will be rolled out for this dinner in Comstock’s Merlot Vineyard with winemaker Chris Russi and general manager Kelly Comstock, where four courses will be paired with estate wines. October 22 at 6 p.m. $175; reservations required.
1290 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg, 707-723-3011, comstockwines.com
Harvest Open House at Live Oak Farm
Looking for a change of pace from wineries? Spend an afternoon at this popular certified-organic farm – once a thriving chicken farm, now a vegetable, fruit, herb and flower farm – with an open-daily farm stand and CSA membership boxes. On October 2 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. No fee; RSVP and food/beverage to share requested.
2199 Live Oak Farm Lane, Petaluma, liveoakfarmpetaluma.com