Best Wineries with a View Near Healdsburg
Looking for the most scenic wineries near Healdsburg with the best views for wine tasting? Often travelers seek out Napa wineries that boast gorgeous vistas, but be sure to put neighboring Sonoma County on your wine tasting map. These Healdsburg wineries are considered amongst the best Sonoma wineries and offer hilltop wine tastings with beautiful views for your eyes to sip on while you taste wine. All are alfresco wine tasting experiences in the regions of Alexander Valley, Dry Creek Valley and Russian River Valley–some with food pairings, as noted–and one of the best parts is that each winery produces different styles of wines to bring diversity to a day or two of Sonoma wine tasting. Feast your eyes on these six wineries with a view.
Best Healdsburg Wineries with a View
In 2014, this pioneer in culinary hospitality and elegant wine opened its 1,200-acre estate in Alexander Valley to the public the first time with the Estate Tour & Tasting. This three-hour, food-and-wine-pairing experience visits the garden, lakes and vineyards at Jordan before culminating on the winery’s highest hilltop near 700 feet elevation, Vista Point, called the best view for wine tasting in Alexander Valley by Fodor’s. Under the shade of an open-air pavilion, guests enjoy panoramic views of the vast Alexander Valley stretching to the north, the Mayacamas Mountains, Russian River snaking through the hills and the base of Dry Creek Valley. The unobstructed view of Mount St. Helena in the distance, coupled with a downhill slope of Jordan malbec grapevines in the foreground, makes for a beautiful backdrop for wine tasting with gourmet food pairing. The Estate Tour & Tasting includes tastings of Jordan’s French-inspired chardonnay and cabernet sauvignon, as well as estate olive oil, with hors d’oeuvres by the winery’s chef. Jordan also a launched a new Chateau Block Vineyard Tasting in 2019, which is hosted on a lower-elevation hilltop but still has gorgeous views. Both experiences are offered Thursday to Monday, May through October by appointment. $75-$125
Ranging in elevation from 400 to 2,400 feet, Stonestreet Estate is nestled within the Mayacamas Mountains above its fellow Alexander Valley wineries. Most of the 5,000-plus-acre property (part of Jackson Family Wines) has been left wild with thick forests, though select hilltops are dotted with vineyard blocks atop Black Mountain. Skip the tasting bar on the valley floor below and opt for the Stonestreet Mountaintop Excursion, where you’ll climb up to the top of the estate just below Geyser Peak and enjoy a picnic lunch from Oakville Grocery paired with five Stonestreet wines. The view of the towering mountaintops behind the wine tasting table, the patchwork of vineyards on the valley floor and the rolling foothills in the distance is truly spectacular. Hard to reach, but one of the best views for wine tasting in all of Sonoma County. Offered only by appointment. $125-$150
Boasting arguably one of the best winery views of Dry Creek Valley from their expansive, sun-drenched terrace, Sbragia offers many tasting experiences to soak in the pastoral scene. The Sbragia family has been in Sonoma County for over a century, arriving here from Tuscany in 1904. For years, they grew zinfandel on their property but it wasn’t until 2006 that Ed Sbragia opened the namesake winery, a dream of his father. Today, they still honor their zinfandel roots. Enjoy a tasting flight of zinfandel, cabernet and chardonnay wines made by Ed and his son, as well as wines by the glass or bottle. They also offer delicious food options ranging from cheese and charcuterie boards to lunches and picnics starting from $10, with an advanced reservation. Grab a seat outside, relax and enjoy Dry Creek Valley’s history at its finest. $25 – $50
Since its opening in 2016, Trattore Farms has been wowing guests with a large terrace that boasts some of the best higher-elevation views in Dry Creek Valley. Trattore sits on a high hilltop overlooking olive trees and old zinfandel vines, with forests of fir trees covering the opposite hilltops of the valley. Owner Tim Bucher started the multi-year project of building his dream winery and visitor center in 2008 when he released his first Trattore Farms wines after years of producing artisan olive oils. Charcuterie plates and inventive seasonal panini pairings are available to enjoy with Bucher’s Rhone and Italian-inspired wines, as well as seated tastings and a unique vineyard/orchard/mill tour. In warmer weather, they host pizza parties on Sundays by the outdoor, wood-fired oven. Olive oil and wine tasting is offered daily without an appointment, but reservations are recommended for other experiences. Located on the border of Healdsburg/Geyserville, just past Yoakim Bridge Road (where the must-see Dry Creek Peach Farm is located). $25-$50
Gary Farrell was one of the early pioneers in single-vineyard bottlings of pinot noir in the Russian River Valley in the 1980s, and though he sold his winery to a small wine investment firm in 2011, the producer has remained small and keenly focused on vineyard-driven pinot noir and chardonnay from Russian River. Their hospitality features indoor and outdoor lounges and wine tasting at individual tables with restaurant-style service, as well as several experience options, including food pairings. The nucleus of this elegant space is a central, shaded terrace with gorgeous views of rolling vineyards and forests beyond. Reservations are required, but they are happy to accommodate same-day visits with an advance call to their concierge. $35-$75
After apprenticing in France’s Rhone Valley, Wells Guthrie developed a European attitude toward winemaking and built a loyal following for his elegant, lower-alcohol syrahs, pinot noirs and chardonnay made under the Copain label since 1999. His winemaking style, growing popularity and ideal location east of the Russian River (across the valley from top producers like William-Selyem and Rochioli) also caught the attention of the owners of Kendall-Jackson, who purchased Copain in 2016. Winemaking and visitor experience remain unchanged, with tastings offered only by appointment at a beautiful, modern farmhouse on a high hill above the chardonnay-carpeted valley floor. This down-to-earth winery with a view is best enjoyed from Adirondack chairs across from the entrance, which are reserved for members, but if it’s not a busy day, those seats are available on a first-come, first-serve basis with tasting reservation. $30-$70
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