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Ferrari-Carano Vineyards & Winery

8761 Dry Creek Road
Healdsburg, CA 95448
(707) 433-6700

Tasting:   Open daily 10 to 5 pm
Tasting fee $5 and $15
10% case discount
  Tours by Appointment
Tours 10am by appointment Monday through Saturday
  Desitnation winery with gardens, tours, underground cellars...
Price Range:   $15 to $100+
Established:   1987
Vineyards:   1400 acres
  200,000 cases

Ferrari-Carano Vineyards & Winery Description

Spacious lawns, enchanting gardens, dramatic fountains, bronze sculptures, and a large facility serving up an array of California varietals, sweet dessert wines and proprietary blends surround this Italian-villa destination winery.

Villa Fiore is an impressive facility with regular tours, private tastings, a vaulted underground aging cellar, a well-stocked gift shop, courtyards and lush valley views. The upstairs tasting room has tall arched windows behind the black granite and carved mahogany bar, affording views of not just the vineyards and the hills beyond, but of the reflecting pool, fountains and more of the dramatic gardens. A curving stone staircase descends to the underground double-vaulted wine cellar, complete with Austrian cobblestone floor. Here visitors can enjoy a short video about the winery's history, vineyards and winemaking process, as well as see framed menus from The White House featuring Ferrari-Carano's wines

Downstairs is their ultra-hip Enoteca Reserve Lounge. (Enoteca means “wine library” in Italian.) For an extra $10, take in the 37-foot barrel-shaped tasting bar with its black granite top and dramatic, glass-encased wine cellar running the length of the bar. The Italian-tile floor has an elaborate herringbone pattern. There are Venetian plaster walls and ceilings, alabaster pendants, custom crystal chandeliers, and tasting tables with chairs for guests to relax and indulge.

Ferrari-Carano owns 19 estate vineyards in four appellations (Alexander Valley, Dry Creek Valley, Russian River Valley and Napa/Carneros) totaling over 1,400 acres. They produce Fumé Blanc, their flagship Chardonnay, Sangiovese, Zinfandel, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Syrah, and Cabernet Sauvignon, as well as the classically blended Tresor (Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc). For a treat, try some sweet botrytis dessert wines.

Ferrari-Carano Vineyards & Winery Features

Ambiance Types of Wine Amenities
Resort Like
Kid Friendly
Hip & Stylish
Cabernet Sauvignon
Pinot Noir
Gift Shop - Special
Tours Available
Private Tasting
Food Available
Picnic Sites- Superior
Wine Caves
Event Space
Wine Education Seminars
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Ferrari-Carano Vineyards & Winery Reviews

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Ferrari Carano
Glass Man, Anaheim Hills
Ferrari Carano. The landscape architecture on the expansive grounds is amazingly beautiful. The detail of the grounds and the building is unbelievable. We took a lot of pictures inside and out. You would think that the wine prices would be unrealistic based on the beauty of this facility, but not so! Steven poured for us. Nice guy, and very helpful. Told us of a case of Barbera at Armeda for $120. Recommended Hartford Court near Forestville for Zins, and nearby Unti for Italian varietals. We tasted eight wines here. Reserve wines are poured downstairs. • 09 Rasato Sangiovese, $12.60. Very nice Rose. Not sold retail. • 09 Pinot Grigio, $17. Not bad, a little acidic, but not bad. Not sold in retail. • 09 Fume Blanc, $15. Their #1 seller. Very refreshing in this hot weather. • 09 Bella Luce, $16. A blend of 6 varietals. 1% residual. Definitely taste the Gewürztraminer’s spice. Nice! • 08 Siena, Sonoma County, $23. Hints of anise & cola. I found the finish to be just slightly tannic. • 07 Merlot, $24. Wife described as very smooth. I found it just average, but we are not Merlot fans. • 07 Zin, $25.20 on special. We both like. • 07 Cab, Villa Fiore, $17. Similar to San Marcos Creek Cab in Paso Robles, but not quite as big. We purchased this one.

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Confused Staff
emyann, Santa Rosa
We stopped in on a Sunday and the winery was slow. I let them know that I worked in the wine industry and it was my first time being able to come in to taste. The first gal we talked to sent us downstairs for a reserve tasting. When we got there, the weekend supervisor made us feel like we were not invited in and asked me who sent us down there. He turned around and called her and chewed her out in front of us. So we went upstairs and she apologized and offered us the wine upstairs. We wanted to go, but she seemed so upset. So, we tasted wine and the girl that did our tasting was confused and asked why were not downstairs. By the end of the ordeal, I had to produce my card twice. We really only wanted to taste their Petit Verdot. They offered us a discount at the register and then as we were paying, another supervisor gave the same gal hell for selling the wine they were almost out of. I will never visit this winery again. Their staff was extremely unprofessional and rude.

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wow what a place
Margo, San Francisco
This is an incredible place that treats its visitors well. Very good people kept us entertained and the wine was superb. We will be back and bring friends.

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