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Nicholson Ranch Winery

Family owned Sonoma Winery

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Crowning a hilltop in the southern foothills of Sonoma Valley, 160-acre Nicholson Ranch enjoys excellent views of its own small lake and the surrounding vineyard-covered hills.
Nicholson Ranch Winery and lakeWhen Ramona Nicholson was growing up on the property, it was a cattle ranch (her parents bought it in 1962). She left home for college and other endeavors, but returned in 1995 with her husband, Deepak Gulrajani, and their newborn child. The very next year they planted vineyards and have been making excellent, hand-crafted wines ever since.
Outdoor seeting at Nicholson Ranch WineryLow-key but elegant, the Mediterranean-style winery is constructed from flagstone, stucco, native fir, salvaged old-growth redwood, and other natural materials.
Nicholson Ranch Winery tasting room and second floor galleryOne of the treats with a tasting here is that you’ll be served all wines in individual glasses, allowing you to “revisit” and compare pours. Enjoy wine in the tasting room, with its splendid view of the small lake—usually populated by herons, egrets, and ducks—or sit outside on the redwood deck or in the Fountain Courtyard.
And don’t miss the wonderful Overlook Gallery, which features rotating art exhibits of paintings, sculpture, and mixed media. Pick up some bread, cheese or other items in the tasting room, and a bottle of wine, and enjoy lunch on a picnic table outside.

Fascinating Fact:

Throughout the creation process, Nicholson Ranch wines are moved gently via a sophisticated five-level gravity flow operation.
Amenities: Picnic tables; Art gallery; Gift shop; Winery/Cave tour (by appointment)
Founded: 1996
Signature Wines: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Syrah
Wine Tasting: Basic, no appointment needed
Hours: Daily, 10–6
Nicholson Ranch Winery
4200 Napa Road
Sonoma, CA 95476

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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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