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Bartholomew Park Winery
Historic Sonoma, California Winery and Park
Napa Valley & Sonoma Wine Tasting Tours
Back in the early 1940s, famed journalist and future UPI President Frank Bartholomew purchased Sonoma’s historic Buena Vista Winery, restoring its winery and vineyards.
In 1968 Bartholomew sold the 15-acre winery and its brand name, retaining 400 acres that included the Estate vineyards.
Before his 1985 death, he established the Frank E. Bartholomew Foundation to keep the property wine- and vineyard-related (he also built a replica of Count Haraszthy’s Palladian-style villa).
Today’s Bartholomew Park Winery, established in 1994, creates artisan wines from the Estate vineyards.
A visit here offers unexpected pleasures, not least being the park-like setting edged by mountains. (Click map to enlarge)
The tasting room, housed in an old stucco building, is small and lively, and down the hall is a fascinating museum; devoted to Count Haraszthy, it contains vintage clothing, antique wine gadgets, and more. Outside, picnic tables dot a meadow overlooking the vineyards.
For the athletic, a trail heads straight uphill, presents stunning views, passes a small lake, and circles back to Bart Park. And if you’re lucky, the Villa will be open for touring (Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 3pm).
Frank Bartholomew was on the battleship Missouri at the end of WW II to report on the Japanese surrender, and was the only reporter to cover the Bikini atomic bomb tests of 1946 aboard a B-29 observation plane.
Amenities: Hiking Trails; Picnic Grounds; Wine history museum; Wine Club