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Buena Vista Winery

  • 18000 Old Winery Rd. Map It
  • Sonoma
  • Winery/Brewery/Distillery

Published 07/06/2016

Fodor's Review

The birthplace of modern California wine making has been transformed into an entertaining homage to the accomplishments of the 19th-century wine pioneer Count Agoston Haraszthy. Tours pass through the original aging caves dug deep into the hillside by Chinese laborers, and banners, photos, and artifacts inside and out convey the history made on this site. Reserve tastings ($40) include library and current releases, plus barrel samples. The rehabilitated former press house (used for pressing grapes into wine), which dates to 1862, hosts the standard tastings. Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, several red blends, and a vibrant Petit Verdot are the strong suits here. Tours are by appointment only. The high-tech Historic Wine Tool Museum displays implements, some decidedly low-tech, used to make wine over the years.

Sight Information


18000 Old Winery Rd., off E. Napa St., Sonoma, California, 95476, USA

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Sight Details:

  • Tastings $20–$50, tours $25–$40

Published 07/06/2016


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