Four guests sipping on Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon and enjoying the view at Vista Point

Outdoor Sonoma Winery Events: Dinners in the Vineyards 2019

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 Sonoma winery events are offered throughout the region, from Alexander Valley to Sonoma Valley, allowing guests a diversity of terrains for enjoying the quintessential epicurean experience: dining al fresco overlooking vineyards. 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 Vineyard & Winery

Hosted each summer at the highest hilltop on Jordan Estate, the elegant Sunset Supper at Vista Point begins with a reception at the Winery Chateau featuring Jordan Cuvée by Champagne AR Lenoble and hors d’oeuvres by their chef. Guests will then be chauffeured through the 1,200-acre Estate, climbing past vineyards and woodlands to reach its summit, Vista Point. In an open-air pavilion, you’ll experience a seated, multicourse dinner by their chef, showcasing fresh ingredients from their garden and other artisan farmers paired with multiple vintages of Jordan wines. Then, watch the sun sink behind the distant Coast Range. Limited to 42 guests. Tickets are $225 per person. For more information and ticket sales, visit their website.

Jordan Vineyard & Winery, 1474 Alexander Valley Road, Healdsburg, CA, 707-431-5250,
Dinner table in Kendall-Jackson gardens; courtesy of Sonoma Sun

Kendall Jackson Wine Estate and Gardens

Each summer and fall, this well-known Sonoma winery holds events under a pergola next to their chef’s garden and vineyard, located just behind their tasting room in Russian River Valley. The dinners feature produce, cheese and meat from local, Bay-area farmers. Tickets are $175 per person or $125 for wine club members. For more information, visit their events page.

Kendall Jackson Winery, 5007 Fulton Road, Santa Rosa, CA, 800-769-3649
Trione’s stone winery and terrace

Trione Winery

Beginning each May, Mark and Cathy Trione or their winemaker host food and wine pairing dinners several times throughout the summer, including a season-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. Tickets are $100 non-members; $80 for club members. For more information, visit their website.

Trione Winery, 19550 Geyserville Avenue, Geyserville, CA, 707-814-8100,

Beltane Ranch

Although a little off the beaten path in Sonoma Valley’s Glen Ellen, Beltane Ranch presents a regular winery dinner series overlooking their vineyards. Dine under the trees in an intimate setting. Fifth-generation family members and their winemaker host the open-air experience, which is themed each month, featuring wines from their home estate. The experience is included in a night’s stay at their Farm Inn or $125 per person. For more information, visit their website.

Beltane Ranch Estate Wines, 11775 Sonoma Highway, Glen Ellen, CA, 707-833-4233,

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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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