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Rodney Strong Vineyards

11455 Old Redwood Highway
Healdsburg, CA 95448
(707) 433-6511

Tasting:   Tasting daily 10 to 5 pm
Complimentary, $10 for premium tasting, credited with purchase
15% case discount
Tours:
  Tours by Appointment , Informal Tours
Amenities:
  Annual Summer Concert Series
Price Range:   $14 to $65 per bottle
Established:   1969
Vineyards:   930+ acres
VIP Tasting:   Yes

Rodney Strong Vineyards Description

One of Rod Strong's more famous quotes is, "I knew I couldn't be an old dancer, but I could be an old winemaker." Thus, Rodney Strong retired from dance and, with his wife, started making wine and becoming a leader in the burgeoning California wine industry.

After a successful international career in the dance world, Rodney Strong followed his heart into the wine business, launching Tiburon Vintners in 1959, and ten years later a winery under his own name.

He was among the first to advocate vineyard-designated wines in Sonoma County, releasing the first single-vineyard Cabernet from the county in 1974. Today Cabernet is still the flagship wine from this sizeable Sonoma County producer, with Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel and port rounding out the winery’s portfolio.

The tasting center is a modern architectural specimen, with a tasting room seeming to hover over the production facility. The self-guided tour is a series of catwalks that look down on the operation, with displays of maps and diagrams of the winemaking process.
Inside the stunning and sizeable tasting room is a crescent-shaped tasting bar with a granite-topped tasting counter. Gourmet food items are for sale, including artisan cheeses from their deli case. A large green lawn seen from the tasting room windows is the site of many summertime concerts. Picnicking is also encouraged on their spacious winery grounds. Mr. Strong, who passed away in 2006, was happy to share his love of art, music, dance and wine.

Rodney Strong Vineyards Features

Ambiance Types of Wine Amenities
Resort Like
Kid Friendly
Casual & Relaxed
Hip & Stylish
Dog Friendly
Cabernet Sauvignon
Pinot Noir
Tours Available
Private Tasting
Food Available
Picnic Sites
Gift Shop
"Green" Technology
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Rodney Strong Vineyards Reviews

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Oak Barrels Worth Seeing
Ochs, Savoy
The tasting room is located just south of Healdsburg and shares a parking lot with J Winery (a definite place to visit). After your visit to J Winery, go into Rodney Strong to see the gigantic old oak barrels that are still in use. The winery tasting room is usually fairly busy, probably because the name is so well known. They offer a variety of wines at affordable prices. We especially liked the Chalk Hill Chardonnay and some of their Cabernet Sauvignons.

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Cabs and Chards we love you
James, Sacremento
Kind of a big place but very interesting wines and architecture. You walk up a flight of stairs and head into the place like you might be entering a cool new ride at a theme park. But instead it is a tasting room. We were impressed with the wine, especially the Cabs and the Chard. We will come back in the spring/summer when they have their outdoor music festival.

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The above reviews are the subjective opinion of Winery Advisor members and not of Winery Advisor LLC.

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