Get Outside – Experience Sonoma County Along the Wine Road

Beth Costa on May 3, 2018

Along the Wine Road we are excited to get back outside and in the vineyards. We love to get our boots dirty and fill our lungs with fresh air.

Here are some of the ways you can get in the vineyards or sit and relax outside with fantastic wines.

Cheers to spring in Sonoma County!

A sign that reads Hello, Spring! Here's to sipping, sunshine & sunsets. Also an image of budbreak.


Balletto Vineyards

We have self guided vineyard tour done through the So. Co. Wine growers. But, if by appt. we can do so with a tour guide.

We also have a great covered patio and encourage folks to come out wine tasting and have a picnic.

Cast Wines

We offer a vineyard tour and tasting by appointment….description follows:

We’ll toast your arrival with our Blanc de Noirs to get the visit started off right. With glass in hand, we will lead you on a walk in our vineyard where you will be treated to one of the best views in Dry Creek Valley. We’ll discuss our farming practices and you will see how our grapes are nurtured and prepared for harvest. Our next stop will be the winery crush pad and an overview of the harvesting steps in the winemaking process – paired with another one of our wines. We will proceed to the fermentation tank area and into our barrel aging room. We’ll finish the tour with a seated tasting of our reserve wine accompanied by a cheese plate.   $40 per person

And always, with or without appointment we offer seated tastings on our hillside outdoor terrace overlooking Dry Creek Valley. $15-$25

We also offer a shaded picnic area, vineyard side, where one can bring a picnic lunch and enjoy a bottle of Cast Wine.

A chair and table looking out over a summer view in Dry Creek Valley from Cast Winery.

D’Argenzio Winery

We offer outdoor tastings on our patio, and have a bocce ball court. I wouldn’t call it a garden, but we have plants! (thyme, oregano, lemon tree, other trees and flowers etc)

Dry Creek Vineyard

Private Wine Flight and Picnic Lunch – Enjoy a private wine tasting and delicious boxed lunch on our picnic grounds while visiting our family winery. Our fresh seasonal menu options and a glass of Dry Creek Vineyard wine are the perfect complement to your wine country experience. Please order 48 hours in advance. $40 per person – $30 per club member Available May thru September – Reservations Required

A gathering of people at the picnic area at Gustafson Winery with the view of Lake Sonoma in the background.

Gustafson Family Vineyards

We started offering our Tour, Tasting, and Lunch experience at the winery just last summer so I think this is the perfect vineyard tour to offer for Outdoor Adventure Month!

Tour, Tasting & Lunch Experience at Gustafson Family Vineyards

Appointment ONLY, Fridays – Mondays at 11 a.m. at our Dry Creek Valley Estate

Minimum 48-hour notice required for ALL reservations. Maximum 8 guests per tour Please wear/bring closed-toed shoes and sun protection

Lunch includes: choice of sandwich, small side salad, seasonal fruit, and a cookie (sandwich options are emailed at the time of booking)

Cost: $45 per person; Club Member pricing $30 per person

Link to book the offer: Please visit our website, call us at (707) 433-2371 or email us at with questions or for more information on this experience! Dates that the offer is valid: Fridays – Mondays, starting Friday May 4th through October 2018. *Subject to availability*

Francis Ford Coppola

We offer a self-guided vineyard tour that takes you throughout our property, highlighting points of interest and explaining the vineyards’ transformation throughout the seasons. The vineyards are surrounded by mature olive trees that are also a delight to marvel at!

We use our onsite garden as a resource for our restaurant Rustic and to promote biodiversity throughout our property. While the culinary garden itself not accessible to the public, our grounds are adorned with a plethora of varying landscapes that are visible in public areas.

Wines by the glass and fresh cheese plates are available to complement a perfectly relaxing escape on our East Terrace, which overlooks the vineyards and the gives a one-of-a-kind view of Alexander Valley.

We have four bocce courts that flank the west side of the property, highlighting the many gaming activities offered at the winery. Landscaped lawns surround the bocce courts creating a park, which also feature game tables for classic card and board games such as backgammon, chess, and checkers. Best of all, bocce and all board games are available to use free of charge all day long.

Francis Ford Coppola Winery Pool
Francis Ford Coppola Winery Pool

Harvest Moon Winery

Yes on vineyard and cellar tours. We offer pretty awesome, non-traditional tours. We also happily offer table service in our courtyard and outdoor kitchen. Poolside tastings are available by appointment.

Jordan Vineyard and Winery

We have several outdoor experiences to offer in May for visitors. First is our Estate Tour & Tasting, which takes guests through our estate with stops in our garden, lake and Vista Point. Second and third are our May Vineyard Hikes, offered May 10 and May 11 in the afternoon.

Flowers on the Korbel garden tour.
Korbel Garden Tour

Korbel Champagne Cellars

May at Korbel means flowers – lots and lots of them! Our historic gardens, planted in the 1880s, are positively bursting with color at this time of year! Enjoy a guided tour of the gardens on the grounds of the Korbel House, the original summer home of the Korbel family. The garden’s impressive collection of more than 150 varieties of roses and a wide range of perennials, shrubs, trees, and plants native to the redwood forest surrounding us is sure to impress both novice and expert gardeners alike!

Our complimentary garden tours are offered Tuesday through Sunday at 1:00pm and 3:00pm. The garden is closed every Monday unless it is a holiday, in which case it will be closed on that Tuesday.

Before or after your tour, grab a bite to eat and a bottle of your favorite sparkling varietal from the Korbel Delicatessen and dine on our outdoor patio! Shaded by a grove of redwood trees, the Deli is the perfect place to sit and enjoy the great outdoors.

Old World Winery

Outdoors in the Merry Month of May at Old World Winery

Details: In our outdoor patio, have a Natural Wines and Cider tasting and take a stroll through our working farm and visit chickens and an 800 pound pig. Eggs in shades of brown and green and cuttings of ancient vines are available too.

Cost: $15 tasting fee. Fee waived if wine or cider is purchased.

Dates: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday throughout the month of May and by appointment.

Two woman and a man enjoy a food and wine pairing in a courtyard area.

Paradise Ridge – Kenwood Location

Herb & wine sensory experience, which happens in our Kenwood gardens is a perfect fit for Outdoor Month. It opens on Earth Day. Save $5 on this tasting during the month of May.

Pezzi King Vineyards

Vineyard Tours – only by appointment. $65/pp

Outdoor tasting on our patio by appointment. $45/pp

Seghesio Family Vineyards

We are hosting a hike at our Home Ranch property on May 12: details HERE

Budbreak on a grapevine in spring

West Wines

West Wines will offer vineyard walks and tastings every Friday and Saturday morning at 10:30 during the month of May (weather permitting). We walk glass in hand through the vineyard and learn about our history and winemaking style. We are a dog friendly winery and invite guests to bring their four legged friends along on these walks. The walk will be included with the regular tasting fee of $15 (refunded with bottle purchase). Please reserve by 4pm the day before by calling 707-433-2066.

White Oak Vineyards & Winery

To help celebrate Sonoma County’s first ever Outdoor Adventure Month, White Oak Vineyards & Winery is offering the Outdoor Lover’s Tasting Package. We invite you to join us for a private outdoor wine and cheese tasting featuring our current lineup of wines, followed by a boxed lunch and a leisurely game of corn hole in our courtyard. $47/person. Appointments last up to an hour and a half, but can be cut shorter to accommodate your schedule. Reservations must be made 48 hours in advance to ensure lunch and corn hole availability. To book visit

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