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Buena Vista Carneros Estate

18000 Old Winery Road
Sonoma, CA 95476
(707) 252-7117

Tasting:   Open daily 10 to 5 pm
Tasting fee $5 & $10 for estate wines
15% case discount
Tours:
  Scheduled Tours
Tours by Appointment 11 AM & 2 PM and self guided tours
Amenities:
  Table service wine tasting
Price Range:   $20 to $45 per bottle
Established:   1857
Vineyards:   800 acres
Production:
  50,000 cases
VIP Tasting:   Yes
Winery Dog:   Trixie (Border Collie)

Buena Vista Carneros Estate Description

At the end of Old Winery Road is Buena Vista Carneros, California’s first premium winery. Being a historic landmark, it possesses the vibes from 150 years of winemaking, as well as a lot of California history.

Buena Vista’s founder, Count Agoston Haraszthy, arrived in Sonoma County in the 1850s and planted some of the state’s first European varietals, laying the foundation for the Buena Vista Winery. He has been considered the “father of the California wine industry,” due to both his extensive knowledge of grape varieties and his worldwide travels, during which he spread the word of California’s winemaking potential. (While exploring rum interests in Nicaragua, legend has it that Count Haraszthy perished crossing a crocodile-infested river.)

The winery’s park-like setting, along with the old rock-walled buildings, exudes a dusty sense of history in this marvelous canyon location. Stroll up the narrow road, surrounded by overgrown trees and dense foliage, until you reach the picnic areas and entrance to the tasting room. The vine-covered building is true “Old California” with its simple and elegant design.

Inside, the wood-beamed ceiling and tile floors contribute to the warm ambiance of the room. A long spacious tasting bar can host numerous visitors at one time. The walls have old maps and photographs, along with medals and ribbons. A
sit-down tasting experience is available and is accompanied by food and snacks. There are additional visitor programs including their Wine & Cheese Experience, their Twilight Tasting, and other options for private tours and tastings. Food is available in their small deli case to enjoy outside in their extensive picnic areas, some of which are tucked up against the hillsides.

The winery now focuses on its extensive Carneros vineyard holdings, producing Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah, and Merlot.

Buena Vista Carneros Estate Features

Ambiance Types of Wine Amenities
Resort Like
Kid Friendly
Off the Beaten Path
Historic Features
Country Charm
Casual & Relaxed
Hip & Stylish
Cabernet Sauvignon
Pinot Noir
Syrah
Tours Available
Private Tasting
Food Available
Picnic Sites- Superior
Gift Shop
Tours - Regularly Scheduled
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Recommend
drdan,
Recommend. Nice stop. Friendly staff.

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Very cool
wino222, Ukiah
After having read many times about Buena Vista and the whole birth of California wine, I expected a much more commercial and crowded atmosphere. However, I was really surprised when I walked into Buena Vista. The building is totally unassuming and nothing about the place seemed rushed or kitschy. The tasting room host was very nice and informative and there was plenty of room along the bar, so you didn't feel like you were encroaching on anyone. The tasting was reasonably priced, and the tasting room felt like someone's living room (very inviting). Definitely not what I was expecting and was glad the place still had its old world charm.

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