Many travel to Napa Valley to experience wine country in the Golden State, but the birthplace of the Californian wine industry is Sonoma Valley. Many of the U.S. major wine labels are produced here, but there are also some small and amazing vintners that are not to be missed. The best part is, you can make Sonoma Valley a destination any time of year as the weather in nearly perfect every single day. William Bailey Travel invites you to come with us as we review some of the best small vineyards to experience in the valley.
Mounts Family Winery likes to keep it in the family as the name will attest to. This winery is run by generations of the family that take joy in the wine making process. They also like to make their visitors feel like they are one of the family, as you will be able to sample their wines in the backyard right next to the barn. Two of Mounts Family Winery’s favorite varietals are their Grenache and the Cabernet Franc. You might be leaving with at least a bottle or two, if not a case.
Papapietro Perry Winery is a very small, family owned winery. They are known as a favorite for Pinot Noir lovers. The friendly staff will of course, offer you recommendations of other wines to try to best suit your palate. To truly experience this quaint winery, reserve a seat at their Pinots on the Patio. This is the best way to experience of their pinots with cheese parings. What a perfect way to spend an afternoon.
Homewood Winery is probably as small of an operation as you can find in Sonoma Valley. The proprietor Dave Homewood tries to keep to a one man band. His mission is to stay small and to focus on the handcrafted wine making. Favorites among Homewood Winery’s offerings are the Zinfandel and Merlot Ports that can be sampled in the picturesque picnic area.
You don’t have to be a majorly recognized wine label produced on a major scale to be a decent winemaker. These small wineries will leave your palate in awe at their capabilities. Be sure to stop by one of these great places on your next vacation to the Sonoma Valley, you will be glad you did.