Fodor's Expert Review The Donum Estate

Sonoma Winery/Brewery/Distillery Fodor's Choice
The wine-making team of this prominent Chardonnay and Pinot Noir producer prizes viticulture—selecting vineyards with superior soils and microclimates, planting compatible clones, then farming with rigor—over wine-making wizardry. The Donum Estate, whose white board-and-batten tasting room affords guests hilltop views of Los Carneros, San Pablo Bay, and beyond, farms two vineyards surrounding the structure, one in the Russian River Valley, and another in Mendocino County's Anderson Valley. All the wines exhibit the "power yet elegance" that sealed the winery's fame in the 2000s. Tastings are by appointment only. Forty large-scale museum-quality contemporary sculptures placed amid the vines, including works by Ai Weiwei, Lynda Benglis, Louise Bourgeois, Keith Haring, and Anselm Kiefer, add a touch of high culture to a visit here. The winery offers an invigorating 1½-hour guided stroll past the artworks without the tasting.
Winery/Brewery/Distillery Fodor's Choice

Quick Facts

24500 Ramal Rd.
Sonoma, California  95476, USA

707-939–2290

www.thedonumestate.com

Sight Details:
Rate Includes: Tastings from $95, art tour $50

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