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Sebastiani Vineyards & Winery
Historic Sonoma Winery near Sonoma Plaza
Napa Valley & Sonoma Wine Tasting Tours
Italian stonemason Samuele Sebastiani came to the US in 1895 searching for opportunity; nine years later he purchased the former vineyards of Sonoma’s then-crumbling Franciscan mission. The winery prospered, and stayed in the family’s hands until 2008, when it was acquired by Foley Family Wines.
The handsome stone walls of the Tuscan-style visitor center are more than a century old. Walk past an impressive fountain and into the tasting room, with its beautiful vaulted ceilings, 80-foot-long tasting bar (flanked by a welcome fireplace in winter), and spacious feel.
The ancient barrel room is fun to explore, since it contains early winemaking equipment, unusual hand-carved wooden casks, and a century-old 60,000-gallon redwood barrel.
There’s also a very tempting shop filled with upscale house-labeled gourmet items, Sebastiani Spa soaps and lotions, assorted wine gear, cookbooks, and clothing.
Outside you’ll find picnic tables beneath shade trees overlooking vineyards first planted in 1825.
At its height of volume, back in the 1980–1990s, Sebastiani produced 8 million cases of wine per year. These days production is about 280,000 cases.
Amenities: Free tours daily (at 11, 1, and 3 o’clock); Picnic area; Dog-friendly; Wine Club; Wine & Cheese Seminar and Soil-to-Bottle Seminar, reservations required; Events throughout the year.