One of the best kept secrets in Sonoma County, the Highway 116 Taste Route features over 11 wineries in 12 miles, and is the perfect location if you’re a fan of pinot noir, chardonnay, or zinfandels! Located in the Southwest part of the Russian River Valley, the Green Valley AVA is one of the coolest in the region thanks to its close proximity to the Coast. Stop by one of these world class wineries on your way to the Coast, or spend the day tasting!
Char Vale Winery
This winery is located off Highway 116 and has incredible views of their estate. Enjoy a glass of estate grown Pinot Noir on the back deck or take your glass down to the vineyards for the ultimate experience. If you’re looking to learn more about the winemaking process, this is the perfect place! The staff at Char Vale is incredibly friendly and knowledgeable and will leave you with plenty of useful information! Bringing a large group? No problem at all! Just call ahead and they can help customize your experience!
If you’re a fan of baseball, this winery is the place for you! Home to the infamous ‘Field of Dreams’, Balletto is a must visit in the Russian River Valley. Family owned for over 40 years, this winery is incredibly community and family oriented and offers both small and large group tastings at their stunning estate.
With deep Sonoma County roots and over 1,400 acres of grapes and apples, Dutton Estate is a must stop when you’re in the area. Their variety of experiences- from a Wine and Chocolate Pairing to a Farm to Table Tasting- offers something for every visitor that stops by! To learn more about the Estate it’s history, do a tour and tasting, where you’ll explore the vineyards and end with a custom wine and small bites pairing.
Hook and Ladder
You’ve probably spotted the red fire truck outside this winery on Olivet Road, which pays homage to owner Cecil De Loach’s background as a San Francisco Firefighter. For over four decades, Christine and Cecil De Loach have been farming grapes and making wines in the Russian River Valley! Located in the heart of the Russian River Valley, this family owned winery offers a variety of tours and tastings for groups of all sizes. In addition to wine, they also produce olive oil!