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Joseph Swan Vineyards

2916 Laguna Road
Forestville, CA 95436

Tasting:   Sat & Sun 11 to 4:30pm, Mon to Fri by appt. only
Complimentary Tasting
10% case discount
Price Range:   $15-$45 per bottle
Established:   1969
Vineyards:   Russian River Valley, Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County
  5000 cases
Winery Dog:   Pappy

Joseph Swan Vineyards Description

Joseph Swan Vineyards doesn't have the look of your familiar tasting room, but don't let outside appearances fool you. They make some serious wine here including their flagship Pinot Noir from grapes from the Trenton Estate in the Russian River Valley.

In 1974, founder Joseph Swan erected what is affectionately known as the tin shed, with the help of some friends (including Joel Peterson who would make his first Ravenswood wines here in 1976). Joe wasn't interested in fancy buildings, formal gardens, and other fancy trappings -he only wanted a safe, secure place to make wine.

Now, owners Rod and Lynn Berglund tend the historic site, producing varietals such as Dry Creek and Russian River Valley Pinot, old vine Zinfandel, and Syrah. The tasting room is devoid of any merchandise, with the owners preferring to focus on the wine first and foremost. They are, however, dog friendly, and you will most likely get to greet their winery dog, Pappy, somewhere on the premises.

Joseph Swan Vineyards Features

Ambiance Types of Wine Amenities
Off the Beaten Path
Family Run
Historic Features
Country Charm
Dog Friendly
Pinot Noir
Tours Available
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Old California Winery
rbeck40, San Francisco
Joseph Swan was probably the most rustic winery I have ever visited, which is in no way a bad thing. We pulled into the parking lot and weren't really sure where the actual tasting room was. We walked around the entire shed-like building and found a large barn door on the backside of the building. We opened the door slowly and it felt like we had truly discovered a hidden tasting room in the middle of the Russian River Valley. The tasting room is housed within the main production room, with barrels and equipment all around you. The wines were very good, especially their Pinot, and tasting was complimentary, which was great as well. Good to see a winery like this and makes you appreciate how California premium wine got such a humble beginning.

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