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Bartholomew Park Winery

Historic Sonoma, California Winery and Park

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Bartholomew Park Winery entranceBack 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).
Count Haraszthy museum at Bartholomew ParkToday’s Bartholomew Park Winery, established in 1994, creates artisan wines from the Estate vineyards.
Bartholomew Park mapA 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.
Bartholomew Park Winery tasting roomFor 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).

Fascinating Fact:

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
Count Haraszthy villa replica at Bartholomew ParkFounded: 1994
Signature Wines: Syrah, Merlot, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc
Wine Tasting: Basic, no appointment needed; Groups of 8 or more require reservation
Hours: Daily, 11:00 – 4:30
Bartholomew Park Winery
1000 Vineyard Lane
Sonoma, CA 95476
707-935-9511
email: info@bartpark.com
website: www.bartpark.com

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Suzie Rodriguez writes about travel, food, and wine from her home in the wine-country town of Sonoma, California. You can follow her travels and musings at The Culinary Gadabout.

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