Top 10 Wineries in Sonoma County with Beautiful Outdoor Spaces
Updated: Nov 14, 2020
Looking for those picturesque wineries to truly make you getaway to wine country that much more memorable?
I've been doing my research (happily) and visiting wineries in the area that are known for having beautiful outdoor spaces. The following is a list of my top ten wineries with stunning outdoor spaces. This list is in no particular order and I hope you find it helpful for your upcoming trip to Sonoma County!
It's all about the view here. Located in the Sonoma Valley, Viansa transports you to Italian Wine Country. Makes sense because their history dates back to the late 1800's when their original owner, an Italian immigrant from Tuscany, saved up enough money making cobblestones in San Francisco, to purchased this vineyard space.
Their back terrace has sweeping views of the Sonoma Valley as far as the eye can see. Many people come here to taste wine but you can also rent the space for weddings and other gatherings.
When Anaba Wines opened up their new tasting room in late 2019, they made sure to compliment their interior design with their surroundings of the Sonoma Valley. And in order to further take in the view, they installed large windows and sliding glass doors to practically open up the inside space to the outside.
A large terrace with several tables overlooks the valley behind their vintners house. Vineyards and rolling hills make it one of those perfect Wine Country views.
Don't want to take in the view just sitting down? You can also enjoy it while playing a game or two of bocce ball!
Tucked away in the hillside in the Russian River Valley, Thomas George Estates offers tastings in their cute garden or in their wine cave which was an impressive entryway. Everything is so lush with rose bushes and hydrangeas scattered throughout the garden.
Want to experience something a little more special? You can also book their private "Wine Safari" were you are driven through the vineyards to an even more secluded seating area where you'll enjoy a bottle of wine with a 4-course estate made lunch.
This winery is located in the Russian River Valley. MacRostie Winery and Vineyards won "Best Winery in Sonoma" and "Best Tasting Room in Napa and Sonoma" at the San Francisco Magazine's "Best of Wine Country Awards", and it's not hard to see why.
Located just off the road, MacRostie Winery is surrounded by it's own vineyards. They made sure to add huge windows and sliding glass doors in order to take in the view from every angle when you're seated inside. Want to sit outside? They have 4 patios to choose from, each with just as gorgeous view as the last.
Another gem in the Russian River Valley. Bricoleur Vineyards opened it's doors just outside of Windsor, California in late May of 2020.
This property is HUGE. It has so much outdoor space. Chairs and tables are scattered on the lawn, under the rose bush covered trellises, under a pavilion, within a rose garden with a bocce ball court, there are so many options to choose from to enjoy you tasting here. On top of that, they have expansive views of vineyards and olive tree groves.
You also have the opportunity to walk around the property. Take a seat by one of their ponds, or stroll through the surrounding vineyards. There are so many possibilities to enjoy this winery.
The name says it all for this winery. Flowers Vineyards and Winery is surrounded by gardens full of fresh herbs, vegetables and tons of flowers. We tasted here during the winter months and even though not everything was in full bloom yet, the property was still pretty impressive.
Throughout the gardens, there are several private wine tasting pavilions (pictured here) with chairs and couches that perfectly blend in with the natural feel and aesthetic of this winery.
You can tell that the architecture, design and decor of every inch of this place was carefully thought out to highlight these beautiful gardens and the surrounding vineyards.
The driveway leading to Martin Ray Vineyards and Winery is lined with olive trees and rose bushes, with vineyards on wine side, and the tasting room and brick-lined patio on the other. Bright purple bougainvillea are blooming everywhere along with other lush green plants in terracotta pots and the entryways into the main tasting room are made of giant wine barrels. This winery is nothing but charming and should definitely be on your list of wineries to visit in Sonoma County.
You have the option of doing their tasting flights closer to the tasting rooms, or you can purchase a bottle and sit at one of their iconic red adirondack chairs right on the creek.
Other highlights of their outdoor space are their flower and herb garden you can walk through, and their small farm that houses some goats and sheep.
Another option with great views of a valley full of vineyards. A. Rafinelli Winery is is located in the Dry Creek Valley and is very spacious and picturesque.
It has so many options for seating while tasting. You can choose between the cute vegetable garden, the olive tree grove, or the pond. You can also take a walk through the vineyards and the lavender field.
Robert Young Winery
I have not tasted at this winery yet but it is still worth adding to this list. I've only passed by Robert Young Winery while I was tasting through the Alexander Valley, and after seeing it perched on top of a small hill overlooking the valley, I've had it on my radar ever since.
Take a look at their website and you'll see what I mean. I am drying to take a seat at their outdoor patio and sip wine while enjoying sweeping views of the Alexander Valley. As soon as I am able to visit this spot, I'll be adding me experience and photos here.