Best Sonoma Wineries with a View, toasting wine glasses at Jordan Winery Vista Point in Healdsburg

Best Views for Hilltop Wine Tasting at Healdsburg Wineries in Sonoma

Looking for the most scenic wineries in Sonoma with the best views for wine tasting? Often travelers seek out Napa wineries with a view, but be sure to put these neighboring Sonoma County wineries on your wine tasting map. These Healdsburg wineries are considered amongst the best Sonoma wineries and offer hilltop wine tasting 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.

The east view from Jordan Vista Point in Alexander Valley

Jordan Vineyard & Winery

Four years ago, 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. This experience is only offered Thursday to Monday, May through October by appointment. $120

1474 Alexander Valley Road, Healdsburg, CA, 707-431-5250, jordanwinery.com
Picnic table views from Stonestreet above Alexander Valley

Stonestreet

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 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

7111 Highway 128, Healdsburg, CA, 707-433-9463, stonestreetwines.com
View from the southeast corner of Trattore’s terrace in Dry Creek Valley

Trattore Farms

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 are available to enjoy with Bucher’s Rhone and Italian-inspired wines, as well as seated tastings and vineyard tours, and pizza parties are hosted 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). $20-$50

7878 Dry Creek Road, Geyserville, 95441, 707-431-7200, trattorefarms.com
Patio view from Gary Farrell in Russian River Valley; photo courtesy of Erin Malone

Gary Farrell Winery

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 small-batch wines, with roughly half of its production dedicated to roughly 30 different bottlings of vineyard-designate pinot noirs and single-vineyard chardonnays from Russian River. After a massive six-month renovation, Gary Farrell re-opened its hospitality center to guests in July 2017 with an entirely new concept featuring lounges and wine tasting at individual tables with restaurant-style service. There are also two communal table tied to specific by-appointment tours and tastings. 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

10701 Westside Road, Healdsburg, CA, 707-473-2909, garyfarrellwinery.com
The view of Russian River Valley from Copain; photo courtesy of Jackson Family Wines

Copain Wines

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 tours and tastings offered only by appointment at a beautiful, modern farmhouse on a high hill above the chardonnay-carpeted valley floor. The best Sonoma wine tasting views are 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

7800 Eastside Road, Healdsburg, CA, 707-836-8822, copainwines.com

You May Also Like

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.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Close Cookmode