Sonoma Valley

With Scribe, a new generation has found its place in Wine Country. Bantering groups of bespectacled, high-waisted-jeans-wearing millennials frequent this hip winery designed to resemble a French château, and at outdoor picnic tables they hold forth on the terroir-driven rosé of pinot, the skin-fermented chardonnay and the bold cab. The food pairing both hits and misses, with delectable charred asparagus and fantastically citrusy salad, but a lackluster main of rock-cod tacos drowning in avocado crema.

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1. Gundlach-Bundschu Winery

0.38 MILES

California's oldest family-run winery looks like a castle but has a down-to-earth vibe. Founded in 1858 by a Bavarian immigrant, its signatures are…

2. Homewood

2.08 MILES

Barn cats dart about at this down-home winery with several different tasting areas and a $20 wine and chocolate pairing. The winemaker crafts standout…

3. Ravenswood Winery

2.16 MILES

With the slogan 'no wimpy wines,' this buzzing winery pours a full slate of estate Zinfandels. Novices welcome. Tours at 10:30am daily; reservations…

4. Bartholomew Estate Winery

2.22 MILES

Formerly Bartholomew Park Winery has transformed into Bartholomew Estate, set to open in its new form in spring 2019, ushering in a change of ownership,…

5. Bartholomew Park

2.22 MILES

The top near-town outdoors destination is 375-acre Bartholomew Park, off Castle Rd, where you can picnic beneath giant oaks and hike 2 miles of trails,…

6. La Haye Art Center

2.26 MILES

At this collective in a converted foundry, you can tour a storefront gallery and meet the artists – sculptor, potter and painters – in their studios.

7. Sonoma State Historic Park

2.39 MILES

This park in Sonoma is comprised of multiple sites, most side by side. Founded in 1823, Mission San Francisco Solano anchors the plaza, and was the final…

8. Mission San Francisco Solano

2.39 MILES

At Sonoma Plaza’s northeast corner, the mission was built in 1823, partly to forestall Russians at Fort Ross from moving inland. This was the 21st and…