Wineries By Appointment Only

Some of the best experiences happen at wineries visited by appointment only. Most often small with limited production, these wineries offer a highly personalized experience guaranteed to get you off the beaten path. Typically, these wineries are looking for new recruits to join their private wine clubs through which they distribute large portions of their annual wine production. And, bottle prices are usually on the upper end. Call or email well in advance to schedule an appointment.

Kamen Estate Wines

Kamen Estate Wines

SNIPPET: In-town tasting room and mountain vineyard tour featuring Moon Mtn. estate wines.

BEST FOR: Perfect for serious wine tasters willing to drop big bucks for those delicious mountain cabs. Views of the Golden Gate from the top of the 300-acre estate. Or, drop into Plaza tasting room.

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Repris Wines

SNIPPET: Dramatic boutique winery set high on Moon Mnt.

BEST FOR: Ride an ATV to the ridgetop for the views; barrel taste; ooh and awe at 18,000 sq. ft. of caves. Wines sold only to members and by appt. Collectors will go for their Left Bank Blend.

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Three Sticks Winery

SNIPPET: Three Sticks features top-notch wines served in an historic setting a half step off the town square.

BEST FOR: Three Sticks is hands-down the classiest wine tasting experience on the Plaza. The wines --- most of which are small lots of single vineyard designates -- are superb and the recently renovated 1842 adobe building is stunning.

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Hamel Family Wines

SNIPPET: Hamel is a boutique, family winery with a sleek, sophisticated wine country vibe.

BEST FOR: The wines are good but where Hamel really shines is creating a memorable experience. Beautifully architected and subtly integrated into its surroundings, the winery is well suited for a wine and food experience. You won't find a crowd at this winery; no more than 4 tour groups are present at a time, each guided by an "Ambassador."

Hanzell Vineyards

SNIPPET: Historic, mountaintop winery modeled after Clos de Vougeot.

BEST FOR: Collectors will appreciate the Library tasting and small lot production of Burgundian-style Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. History buffs will discover many innovations of the CA wine industry pioneered here. Venue is a great perch from which to see orientation of the southern ends of Sonoma and Napa Valleys.

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Petroni Vineyards

SNIPPET: Small, family-owned winery high atop Moon Mountain.

BEST FOR: This small estate winery packs a lot of punch. Leave the crowds behind as you follow the single lane road to the top of the mountain for full-bodied red wines, hillside caves, olive oil, and a panoramic view.

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Scribe Winery

SNIPPET: Small, cooler-than-thou winery that practically shouts with attitude.

BEST FOR: Scribe is popular with millenium hipsters! And heat seekers with their finger on the wine pulse. It is a perfect stop on a hot summer day when you can sit outside, sip wine, and take in the view.

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Sojourn Cellars

SNIPPET: Cozy, private tasting room a half block off Sonoma Plaza featuring top-tier, vineyard-designated wines.

BEST FOR: Vineyard-designated wines including Sangiacomo Pinot Noir and Chardonnay and Beckstoffer George III Cab. All wine is sold either thru the tasting room or wine club.

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