Top 10 Kid-Friendly Wineries in Sonoma & Napa
There was the time when children and Wine Country were incompatible. But that has changes and more and more family-friendly wineries are now offering a range of activities for kids as well. We have compiled the list of the kid-friendly wineries in Sonoma and Napa where kids can sip grape juice and have tons of fun while their parents relax with a glass of wine in hand.
Larson Family Winery, Sonoma
Several generations of the Larson family has owned and farmed a large plot of land in the Carneros region. Since 1970 they switched to wine production and now their beautiful farmhouse has become a great family friendly wine destination. By the way, guests are allowed to bring their pets as well! Featuring a large well-groomed lawn Larson Family Winery is an excellent place to have a picnic with your kids while sampling wines. Kids are sure to be busy too as the winery offers bocce along with a range of kid-friendly games. Tastings begin at $10.
Castello di Amorosa, Calistoga
If you are planning a visit to Disneyland consider staying in Napa Valley for an extra day or two so you could tour Castello di Amorosa - a huge Italian style castle that will make you feel as if you had travelled back in time to the Middle Ages. The best way to explore the 121,000 square foot castle is to take a guided tour that costs just $15. Walking around the building the visitors will be able to see such famous attributes of the Medieval castle as gargoyles, knights wearing armor and even a dungeon. Kids will be thrilled to see sheep, chicken, peacocks, and other animals. There is a special play area for kids where young visitors can have fun while sipping grape juice.
Francis Ford Coppola Winery, Geyserville
This winery is probably the most famous in Sonoma County. Francis Ford Coppola Winery features a large pool where you can kick back enjoying the afternoon sun. While the adults are savoring food and wine delivered poolside the kids can play bocce and a variety of board games. There is also a kid's library and a museum showcasing props from Coppola's legendary movies like The Godfather and Dracula. Reservations are required. The passes cost $15 for children and $35 for adults.
Benziger Family Winery, Glen Ellen
Owned and run by several generations of Benziger family this winery relies on organic and biodynamic winemaking methods. If you are visiting this winery for the first time make sure you take the winery tour which is a great attraction for both kids and adults. Take a tram to find out about wine making process, and see the wine caves. While exploring the property you can spot farm animals like sheep and cows. The price of the tour is $10 for kids and $25 for adults.
Preston Farm & Winery, Healdsburg
Have a pet dog? Leave him at home as winery is not only kid- friendly, but also cat friendly! In addition to a variety of cats there are many sheep in the farm so kids may even try bottle feeding the baby sheep if allowed. Just fetch a picnic basket filled with delicious food to be enjoyed with one of Preston's famous Rhone wines, and relax gazing at the humble rural setting of this lovely place. Care for some fresh greens? Make sure you go to the farmshop on site to get some fresh farm-grown produce.
Cline Cellars, Sonoma
Among the numerous wineries dotting Sonoma Valley Cline Cellars is truly special. It is a family run business that welcomes the visitors of all ages to experience wine tasting in a laid back farmhouse atmosphere. Kids will find the property awesome and parents will love the wine. Before having a picnic we recommend taking a guided tour of the winery for a glimpse into its history. The tour itinerary also includes visiting California Missions Museum and the barrel room. Kids will be happy to meet the animals there, such as turtles, donkeys, birds and fish. Visitors must pay $10 to book a picnic table. Reservations are required.
Sterling Vineyards, Calistoga
Sterling Vineyards is a destination in itself, a unique place worth visiting. Located in the northern Napa Valley, the winery offers unsurpassed wine tasting experience in a beautiful mountain setting. To reach the winery you will have to take a scenic ride 300 feet up a mountain by an aerial tram offering a 360 degree view of the picturesque Napa Valley. The visitors can explore the mountaintop estate on their own and kids will get backpacks filled with a drink, snack, and a game. Don't miss a chance to enjoy wine tasting overlooking Napa Valley! Tours start at $15 for kids and $32 for adults.
Buena Vista Winery, Sonoma
The oldest winery not only in Sonoma but in all California, Buena Vista Winery is a great family friendly destination. Established in 1857, the historic property offers world-class wine tasting experience for parents and plenty of exciting things to do for kids. Consider taking a tour guided by period actors who will show the property along with old wine caves. The tour also includes a visit to the Historic Wine Tool Museum where you will see an interesting multi-media presentation. Other property attractions include the hedge maze and the giant crocodile. Tastings cost $25 for adults.
Cornerstone Sonoma, Sonoma
Escape to Cornerstone for a fun and relaxing wine tasting experience combined with shopping, gourmet dining, art and more. The winery has a restaurant, gardens and shops to keep you busy all afternoon. Kids are sure to enjoy playing in the winery's large sculpture gardens featuring sculptures designed by international artists. Many of those sculptures are interactive which means that children can climb on it and play with the piece of art. Meanwhile, parents can taste delicious wine at one of three tasting rooms. Picnics are allowed as well.
Landmark Vineyards, Kenwood
Care for a glass of good pinot noir or chardonnay? Consider visiting Landmark Vineyards in Kenwood founded by the great-great-granddaughter of John Deere. The estate offers great environment for an enjoyable family get together. On Saturdays, May through October, the property offers the tour that will take you back in time. At the beginning of the tour you will ride in a horse drawn carriage to the vineyards and learn about the history of the estate. When the tour is over you can spread a blanket on their large lawn to have a picnic and enjoy great wine. The tour is free, tastings cost $30 and more.