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Buena Vista Carneros Winery
Historic Sonoma, California Winery
Napa Valley & Sonoma Wine Tasting Tours
Buena Vista isn’t just another winery—it’s an historic icon.
Founded in 1857, it’s the oldest premium winery in the state of California and a registered California Historic Landmark.
The winery’s founder, Count Agoston Haraszthy, considered by historians to be the “father” of the California wine industry, planted some of the earliest European varietals in the state.
That history is important, but there are additional reasons to visit the Buena Vista Carneros Winery. BV, as it’s known to fans, refuses to rest on its archaic laurels. Instead, it consistently creates gold-medal award-winning artisan wines.
Poised at the end of bucolic Old Winery Road, a mile or so from Sonoma Plaza, the winery’s ancient stone buildings are covered with ivy and thickly surrounded by trees.
This park-like setting, with numerous picnic tables, is a great spot to relax and enjoy lunch.
The beautiful tasting room, in a building where grapes were once crushed, epitomizes the authentic “Old California” style, with high wood-beamed ceilings, stone walls and floors, long wooden tasting bar, and antique photographs.
A new Wine Tool Museum featuring rare and authentic 19th and 20th century viticulture tools (part of a larger collection in Burgundy, France) opened at Buena Vista in 2015. From pomace cutters, pruning knives and small wine presses to barrel-making tools the museum is both interesting and educational.
In 1869 Count Haraszthy disappeared while visiting his Nicaraguan sugar plantation. The details are unclear, but one theory is that he was dragged into a river by alligators. His body was never found.
Amenities: Picnic tables; Gift Shop; Wine Club; Private tours (reservations required)