Glen Ellen and Benziger Winery

Glen Ellen Wine Trail - Sonoma Valley

Glen Ellen Wineries

Tour Details: This wine tour offers a great mix of wineries. The wine trial begins in the Carneros Wine Appellation and then travels along Arnold Road to the quaint town of Glen Ellen. There are some outstanding restaurants and places to stay in Glen Ellen. The Glen Ellen Market is upscale and is an excellent place to pick up a picnic lunch to go along with a great day of wine tasting.


Top Wineries to Visit on This Wine Trail

Schug Winery – a Carneros Estate Winery
Valley of the Moon Winery – Very historic winery, recently revitalized
Eric Ross Winery – Photo journalists turn to winemaking
Benziger Family Winery – Great tour and demonstration vineyards
Mayo Family Winery – Single vineyard wines

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A very helpful book on discovering the wineries of Glen Ellen and Sonoma Country: Back Lane Wineries of Sonoma

Winery Descriptions, Driving directions, Tasting Rm Hrs, Contact Information

From the Golden Gate Bridge, travel north on Highway 101 for 20 miles. Take Highway 37 towards Vallejo. Travel for 7 miles and take the left turn directing drivers to the Infineon Raceway and Sonoma. This is Highway 121. Travel another 6 miles and there will be a major intersection. At this intersection take a left on Bonneau Road to visit the first winery, Schug Winery.

Schug Winery
This winery is located at the northern end of the Carneros appellation just before the Sonoma Valley and Sonoma Mountain appellations begins. This is a lovely drive along Bonneau to the Schug Winery. The winery is a small family owned winery specializing in Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from their estate Carneros vineyards. The tasting room atmosphere is friendly and welcoming.The estate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are consistently good and priced at a good value point.

Tasting room open daily, 10 am to 5, (707) 939-9363 ext 202
Email:david@schugwinery.com  Schug Winery


Valley of the Moon Winery
From Schug, turn left onto Highway 116 and take Arnold Drive towards Glen Ellen.Travel for about 6 miles and turn right on Madrone. The winery will be on the left in just a very short distance. As you approach the tasting room, you will be able to see the stone portion of the original winery built in 1887. The tasting room is a lavish room with many items for sale including various art pieces. There is also a modern winemaking facility off to the right of the tasting room. Revitalization is the key word at this winery, and a collection of premium wines represents a dramatic change in wine productions at this historic winery. The wines are reasonably priced and we especially love their Pinot Blanc.

Tasting room open daily, 10 am to 4:30, (707) 939-4510.
Email: luna@valleyofthemoonwinery.com, Valley of the Moon Winery


Eric Ross Winery
From Madrone, turn right on Arnold Drive and travel about one mile. The Eric Ross tasting room is located in Jack London Village. The Eric Ross Winery is a very small production winery owned and operated by two former San Francisco Chronicle photographers, Eric Luse and John Ross Storey. At the the quaint Jack London Village you can taste some wonderful wines and do some browsing as well. Several of the wines come from vineyards over from the west side of Sonoma in the cooler climates of the Russian River Valley AVA. The Zinfandels are tops here.

Tasting room open Thursday through Monday, 11 am to 4:30, (707) 939-8525
Email: jstorey@ericross.com, Eric Ross Winery


Benziger Family Winery
Just a short distance beyond Jack London Village on Arnold Drive, watch for signs pointing toward Jack London Park and the Benziger Winery. You will turn left onto London Ranch Road and drive for about three quarters of a mile. The Benziger Winery is a very fun winery to visit. If you have only a limited time to visit one winery, choose this one. There is a lot to do here as well as being a great spot for a picnic lunch. We recommend you take the tour for $10. You will learn a great deal about winemaking, and it includes a tasting of some fine reserve wines. Spend some time at the Vineyard Discovery Center. You will learn about the various trellis systems and why each type is used. Benziger practices biodynamic farming. The tasting room has lots of merchandise including framed art work. Visiting Benziger is an enjoyable and educational wine experience.

Tasting room open daily 10 am to 5, (707) 935-3000
E-mail: greatwine@benziger.com. Benziger


Mayo Family Winery
To reach Mayo from Benziger, take a left onto Arnold Dr. You will travel through the heart of Glen Ellen. There are several good restaurants and places to stay on this stretch. Mayo is located at the end of Arnold Dr. where it meets Highway 12. Mayo recently opened this Glen Ellen tasting room and limited production wine facility. Mayo specializes in single vineyard wines and small case production. Mayo’s Zinfandels have been a favorite of many of the locals. From Mayo, one can loop back on Highway 12 to either visit the town of Sonoma or eventually take Highway 121 back to San Francisco.

Tasting room open daily 10:30 am to 6:30, (707) 938-9401
E-mail: jeffmayo@aol.com Mayo


   

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