I was in Sonoma yesterday and the weather was perfect with the sun setting over grape vine covered hills with sunflowers in the wind. There are parts of Sonoma that look a lot like Italy, partly because of the topography, with its valleys and hills covered in olive groves and vineyards. Also because Italian immigrants and their families built tasting rooms similar to the structure of their homeland.
There are plenty Italian variety of grapes which were brought and now grow in this part of the world. The microclimates are similar so certain grapes grow well in even soils and today there is one Italian winegrowers have a proud heritage of the region.
If you love beautiful scenery and good wine and don’t feel like dusting off your passport to cross the Atlantic, the wineries and tasting rooms featured below will give you a taste of Italy and the feeling you’ve been transported.
In many ways, this winery is the queen of Napa Valley. Known by locals as The Castle, the structure took fifteen years to build using the same methods from centuries ago to make it as authentic as possible. Most of the bricks and furniture were imported from Europe. Even going through the gate requires a reservation, but you can take a virtual tour here.
Located on Highway 29, the main highway that runs through Napa Valley, this Italian-inspired tasting room is very popular with locals and visitors alike. Drop in and purchase food and wine from their extensive deli and enjoy the grounds under the shady oak trees. Advance reservations are required for wine tasting.
Located in Sonoma Valley in the cool Carneros region, Jacuzzi Vineyards covers 190 acres. They specialize in various Italian varietals and use sustainable farming methods. You also get to keep them in the tasting room Olive Press Where you can buy olive oil for cooking or dipping, plus spices, skin care and cooking utensils. Open daily 11-5, reserve tastings here.
Next door to the Jacuzzi is Vianza, whose owners have roots in Tuscany. Their tasting room sits high atop a knoll with a large terrace that looks down on a picturesque view of the vineyard-covered Sonoma Valley. Open daily and walk-ins are welcome. They have a great Calendar of events To plan your trip.
Located in the heart of Kenwood in the Sonoma Valley, this tasting room resembles a small villa in Tuscany. Enjoy wine and a pizza in the sunny courtyard or stroll around the property and gardens, glass in hand. Don’t forget to grab one of their famous ones pasta sauce Take it back home with you when you’re there.
Founded by immigrants from Tuscany, Sebastiani’s has a long history in the Sonoma Valley. Open for walk-ins or tastings by reservation. Friday nights are extra fun in the summer with live music.
Reservations are required to visit this Tuscan-inspired estate in Napa Valley. They will provide a tour and charcuterie board to pair with your wine.
Located in Calistoga, this winery blends Super Tuscans and offers tours of their wine caves filled with marble statues.
Located in Healdsburg’s Dry Creek Valley, the elegant Ferrari-Carano Estate produces world-renowned sustainable wines, and you’ll see them if you visit. Exquisite formal garden And the fountain too. You can book a Sunday brunch or a happy hour Pizza and wine on the balcony
Next month I’ll share wineries in Napa and Sonoma that feel like France. 🙂