Four Sonoma Wineries Serving Dinner in the Vineyard

Sonoma County wineries are taking outdoor entertaining to new heights with several unforgettable dinner parties, from meals in the middle of vineyards to hilltop feasts during sunset. Lucky for wine country visitors, these dinners are hosted in all three wine regions that intersect at the town of Healdsburg–Alexander Valley, Dry Creek Valley and Russian River Valley–offering guests a diversity of terrains for enjoying the quintessential epicurean experience: dining alfresco in Sonoma County. The key is to book your dinner tickets early each year because the events sell out quickly.

Vista Point pavilion dessert reception at Jordan Winery’s highest hilltop

Jordan Winery Sunset Supper at Vista Point

Hosted each summer at the highest hilltop on Jordan Estate, the elegant Sunset Supper at Vista Point pairs a multi-course meal next to the grapevines with Jordan wines and panoramic views of Alexander Valley’s rolling hills and mountains during sunset. After a seated dinner in a glass-walled pavilion, guests enjoy a dessert reception on the terrace and watch the sun sink behind the distant Coast Range. Limited to 50 guests. Tickets are $200 per person. (Two other dinner parties, which change in theme annually, are hosted each summer on the winery chateau lawns.) For more information and ticket sales, visit our website.

Guests enjoy dinner under the trees at Seghesio’s hilltop

Seghesio Family Vineyards Chef’s Dinner Series

Dinners are hosted by Seghesio family members at different Seghesio vineyard properties each summer in Alexander Valley. Chef Peter Janiak will be on hand to guide guests through his cuisine and wine pairings. Limited to 50 guests. Tickets are $140-$175 per person. For information on the latest events, visit their website.

Dinner table in Kendall-Jackson gardens; courtesy of Sonoma Sun

Kendall-Jackson Farm-to-Table Dinner Series

Each summer and fall, the Jackson family hosts a half-dozen wine pairing dinners under a pergola next to their chef’s garden and vineyard, located just behind the Kendall-Jackson tasting room in Russian River Valley. Tickets are $175 per person or $125 for wine club members. For more information, visit their events page.

Trione’s stone winery and terrace

Trione Winery Food + Wine Dinner Series

Beginning each April, the Trione family hosts food and wine pairing dinners 1-2 times per month until July, before a finale dinner during harvest. Guests enjoy a plated or family-style meal by Peloton Culinary & Catering paired with current and library vintages, all served outside the winery’s charming stone building with a vineyard and bocce court nearby. Denise Trione, her mother and father or her uncle, Vic, rotate hosting each dinner. Tickets are $100 non-members; $75 for club members. For more information, visit their website.

J Vineyards table setting; courtesy of CellarPass

J Vineyards & Winery Vineyard Dinners

Though the winery sold to Gallo in 2015, J continues to host elegant, multi-course meals at J’s estate vineyards in Russian River Valley, prepared by the winery chef. Tickets are $180-$195 per person. For more information, visit their website.

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Born and raised in rural Kansas, Lisa Mattson fell in love with wine during college in South Florida and worked for a wine magazine before moving to Northern California. Her days are spent being a writer, photographer and videographer for Jordan Winery and nights cooking Thai food or microgreen salads. When she’s not eating and sipping her way through Sonoma County, she travels the world with her husband in search of the best restaurants, snorkeling spots and tiki bars.

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