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Sebastiani Vineyards & Winery

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Private tasting room at Sebastiani Vineyards in Sonoma CAItalian 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.
Sebastiani Vineyards barrel roomThe 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.
Sebastiani Winery tasting room and shopThere’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.

Fascinating Fact:

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.
Sebastiani Vineyards & Winery in Sonoma CaliforniaAmenities: 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.
Founded: 1904
Signature Wines: Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Barbera
Wine Tasting: Basic, no appointment needed; groups of 10 or more require 48 hours notice; Private tasting (with Tour), reservation required
Hours: Daily, 10–5
Sebastiani Vineyards & Winery
389 Fourth Street East
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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