Sonoma Valley's Greatest Vineyard - Benziger Family Winery
Sonoma Valley's Greatest Vineyard - Benziger Family Winery. I absolutely loved and was inspired by the Benziger Family and their amazing vineyard in Sonoma, California! They are growing biodynamically which is beyond organic. I will be bringing back their growing methods and ideas to my home garden in Tempe, Arizona!
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Glen Ellen Star: Check, Please! Bay Area Review
KQED's Check, Please! Bay Area (#1217) reviewed Glen Ellen Star, a Sonoma county restaurant with wood-fired and casually elegant dishes.
Glen Ellen, CA ~ Smothers Ranch
Located on a country road in the heart of Jack London Wine Country, is the private 100+/- acre ranch and beloved homestead of comedy legend, Tom Smothers. The approach to the home is through a gated entry and paved drive with views wending past natural rock walls, rows of mature vines, a pond and open fields. Purchased over 40 years ago, Smothers and his family have created a bespoke estate compound with hilltop residence, barns, ponds and outbuildings surrounded by a flourishing Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard, meadows, oaks and expansive views. A large pool area, covered verandas and patios, garden areas and putting green provide endless opportunities for relaxation, recreation and entertaining. Olives can be harvested from your own orchard and, for the equestrian, horses can easily be accommodated.
Anchoring the estate is the 23+/- acre organically-farmed Smothers-Remick Ridge vineyard, located in the Sonoma Mountain AVA. It is named for his maternal grandfather and the pride and joy of Smothers himself. The attention to detail and challenging work required to achieve organic status is a testament to Tom’s commitment to quality and the environment. The grapes are professionally managed and sold exclusively to a renowned winery.
Gorgeous lawns, brick patios and mature olive trees surround the unique, custom-crafted residence with stone walls, metal roof and large windows to embrace the views. A large great room with concrete brick and wood floors, reclaimed beam adorned ceilings and floor-to-ceiling stone Rumford fireplace adjoins the dining area, island kitchen and breakfast room. Multiple sets of glass doors provide access to delightful covered brick patios and the pool. A well-appointed master suite with two full baths and the guest wing on this floor are separated by a den with built-ins and picture windows. The lower level is comprised of a large playroom and spacious walk-in wine cellar. Additionally, there is a detached studio and two barns with unique work/live spaces.
Infrastructure includes a paved driveway, custom gate, fencing, a strong well with water storage and two ponds provide vineyard irrigation.
As a full-time residence or second home destination, this is a unique opportunity to own a legacy estate and live the wine country dream. Located close to historic towns, state and regional parks, dining and restaurants. About an hour north of the Golden Gate Bridge, convenient to Charles M. Schulz Sonoma County Airport.
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2013 Veraison at Benziger Family Winery
Pete Hoffmann gives us details as to how the 2013 harvest is coming along. Word has it that as long as Mother Nature keeps extremes out of the mix, this harvest is going to be a phenom!
Welcome to Kunde Family Winery
For over a century, five generations of the Kunde Family have farmed our 1,850 acre-estate in the heart of Sonoma Valley—a truly remarkable legacy in the modern age of California winemaking. A fervent, forward-thinking vision of land stewardship and sustainability began over one hundred years ago, and has been shaped with each successive generation.
Today, Kunde Family Winery is still family owned and operated with a hands-on team of 4th and 5th generation family members at the helm. At the end of the day, every decision we make, every wine we craft, and every experience we provide honors the legacy of founder Louis Kunde, who emigrated from Germany and purchased the original Wildwood Vineyards ranch at the turn of the century in 1904. Cresting the second century was a profound milestone for the family. Moving forward, we remain committed to innovation and state-of-the-art facilities, while also maintaining a deep, personal commitment to sustainable winegrowing and preserving the land for generations to come, naturally!
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Mike Benziger: 2010 Growing Green Awards Winner
NRDCs 2010 Growing Green Awards winner in the Water Steward category, Mike Benziger is a leader in the Biodynamic farming movement. He founded Benziger Family Winery in Glen Ellen, California, which utilizes an innovative constructed wetland and pond treatment system to recycle an average of two million gallons of water per year. Benziger decreases water inputs using new grape sorting technologies, water sensors and cover crops that reduce runoff. He actively educates winegrowers across the country about how to nurture the environment while producing character-rich, high-quality wines.
Little Vineyards in California Wine Country
My summer 2011 visit to Little Vineyards Family Winery in beautiful Glen Ellen, Calif.
Rich & Joan Little offer award winning wines, great music and wine tasting.
Glen Ellen Wine
Glen Ellen not only features the Benzinger Family Wineries, it also offers great grub, a gorgeous state park and a unique art gallery.
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Karen Brown's Beltane Ranch, Glen Ellen, California
The Beltane Ranch in the town of Glen Ellen, California
It is hard not to notice Beltane Ranch, a pale-yellow board-and-batten house encircled on both stories by broad verandahs, set on the hillside off the Valley of the Moon Road.
Check in at the cozy country kitchen when you arrive: if no one is around, you will find a welcome note on the chalkboard hung by the back door.
The house has no internal staircase, so each room has a private entrance off the verandah—which was probably very handy when this was the weekend retreat of a San Francisco madam.
Incidentally, this also explains the southern architecture of the house as madam hailed from Louisiana.
The bedrooms, decorated in family antiques, have a very comfortable ambiance.
Chairs and hammocks are placed on the verandah outside each room and offer a wonderful spot to settle and enjoy peaceful countryside views beyond the well-tended garden.
A small yellow cottage behind the main house with more contemporary decor enjoys a snug sitting room opening to a private patio and has breakfast delivered into its silent butler.
Beltane produces two varieties of wine grapes as well as its own olive oil.
For the energetic, there are local walking trails and a tennis court. Beltane Ranch continues to remain a personal favorite.
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Olea Hotel - Glen Ellen Hotels, California
Olea Hotel 4 Stars Glen Ellen, California Within US Travel Directory Nestled on a hillside of Sonoma Valley, this elegant adults-only Northern California bed and breakfast offers an outdoor hot tub surrounded by modern lounge seating. Benziger Family Winery is ess than 5 minutes’ drive away.
Offering en suite bathrooms with heated floors, each room at Olea Hotel provides free Wi-Fi, an iPod docking station and a flat-screen satellite TV. Guests can enjoy wood flooring throughout and free spa toiletries in each room. Select rooms feature a fireplace or valley views.
A free gourmet breakfast and a free desert and wine pairing are prepared daily by the Executive Chef at Hotel Olea. Stone massages and other massage services are also offered.
Surrounded by oak and olive trees, guests can enjoy plush outdoor furnishings with a glass of wine. Concierge services are available to book reservations at wine country restaurants like Bouchon and the French Laundry, just 24.1 km away.
Buena Vista Winery, Audelssa Estate Winery and many other wineries are all within 15 minutes’ drive of this elegant wine country bed and breakfast. San Francisco International airport is 80.5 km away from Olea Hotel.
Hotel Location :
Olea Hotel, 5131 Warm Springs Road CA 95442, USA
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Tour of California (Glen Ellen)
from infront of my house... the main pack ten minutes behind the leaders! May 17, 2010
Valley of the Moon Winery, Glen Ellen (Sonoma)
19 September 2009 - Valley of the Moon Winery is located in Glen Ellen, Sonoma County, California. For more info, please visit -
Kunde Winery Mountain Top Tasting view
A spectacular 180-degree view of Sonoma wine country on the Kunde mountain top tasting tour.
St. Francis Winery 15th Annual Fandango Wine Club Appreciation
Fantastic wine and food pairing, truly one of the best wineries in Sonoma/Napa Valley.
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Chateau St Jean Vineyards and Winery - Sonoma Valley
In 1999, Chateau St. Jean was the first Sonoma winery to be awarded the prestigious Wine of the Year award from the Wine Spectator Magazine for its 1996 Cinq Cépages Cabernet Sauvignon, that harmonizes all five Bordeaux varietals. The winery received high acclaim again when it received the #2 Wine of the Year for its 1999 Cinq Cépages Cabernet Sauvignon. To see my review of Chateau St. Jean Vineyards and pictures check out California Wine Tasting Adventures:
Sonoma Creek in Glen Ellen, CA almost at flood stage 12/11/2014
Sonoma Creek in Glen Ellen, CA almost at flood stage
Valley of the Moon Winery - Tasting Room
19 September 2009 - Valley of the Moon Winery is located in Glen Ellen, Sonoma County, California. For more info, please visit -
Imagery Estate Winery - Sonoma California
Athina Belly Flop Champion
Morton's Warm Springs in Glen Ellen California hosted a belly-flop competition and this is what happened.
Sonoma Valley Wine Trolley Tour Mark Leonardi Imagery Benziger Paradise Ridge Mayo Sonoma Barracks
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Located in the San Francisco Bay area in southeastern Sonoma County is the Valley considered the birthplace of the California wine industry. The Sonoma Valley runs from Santa Rosa in the north to the San Pablo Bay in the south. Formed between the Mayacamas Mountains and Sonoma Mountains, Sonoma Valley was home to the earliest California Vineyards which survived both the phylloxera epidemic of the 1870s and the effects of 20th century prohibition.
Today along with being the home to over 100 wineries, The Valley plays host to events year-round. Along with historic wineries Sonoma Valley encompasses many other historic sites including the Jack London State Historic Park which preserves the land that Jack London called home. Visiting the Sonoma Valley includes hot springs resorts, historical buildings, and the history of the settlement of California by the missionaries.
The vineyards of the Sonoma Valley are as varied as the tastes of its wine. Award winning wines from Sonoma are made in wineries that include castles, Mediterranean influenced villas, garden chateaus and modern lounges. Grand estates, quaint wine cellars and subterranean caves are all a part of the winery tour experience in Sonoma Valley.
A proper tour of the Sonoma Valley begins on the Sonoma Valley Wine Trolley. Whether you are a seasoned wine enthusiast, a novice, a sommelier or a history buff the Sonoma Valley Wine Trolley offers an informative overview of the valley during a fun, friendly, relaxing, care free day.
The Sonoma Valley Wine Trolley is a six-hour adventure aboard a replica California cable car. Your hand-built cable car is based on the original blueprints from the San Francisco cable cars that were in operation from the 1890s through the 1930s. It is an all wooden carriage detailed right down to the brass bell. The modern conveniences of the day have been added including a state-of-the-art sound system and PA, along with connections for iPod and iPhone. The Sonoma Valley Wine Trolley is an open-air cable car that lets you experience a panoramic view as you visit four of the world class wineries of The Valley.
Your conductor on the guided Sonoma Valley Wine Trolley will explain the history, legacies, and folklore as you travel the green valley from vineyard to vineyard. The Sonoma Valley Wine Trolley is a group friendly event that encourages making new friends along the way.
The day on the Wine Trolley includes a catered picnic lunch prepared by the Girl & the Fig Restaurant, noted for their country French cuisine, a visit to four selected wineries for a taste of the treasures of Sonoma and a day of knowledgeable adventure. The Sonoma Valley Wine Trolley departs from Sonoma Plaza at 10:30 AM and returns at 4:30 PM. You must be 21 years old to purchase a ticket for the exclusive wine tasting adventures aboard the Sonoma Valley Wine Trolley.
Along with the historical education, laughs and priceless views the Trolley tour visits four wineries. Winery visits on the tour vary because of seasonal and special events happening on certain days, the tour will always include a visit to four premium wineries for a semi-private tasting. Winery tasting fees are separate, ranging from $20-$30 per vineyard.
Wineries are selected for daily tours from the list of twelve regularly visited by the tour conductors of the Sonoma Valley Wine Trolley. The selected wineries are chosen to provide visitors with a general overview of the Sonoma Valley Wine experience. Each of the chosen wineries offer a unique vineyard property and premium vintages. The list includes:
Ravenswood Winery - Buena Vista Winery - Imagery Winery - Mayo Family Winery - Madrone Estate Winery - Paradise Ridge - Larson Winery - Gloria Ferrar – Jacuzzi - Valley of The Moon - VJB Winery - BR Cohen
The replica cable cars of the Sonoma Valley Wine Trolley are available for private charter and rentals for company and personal events. As a unique transport for the wedding party, family tours, birthday parties, corporate promotions or fun for a group of family and friends you can charter a historically detailed cable car. Details and reservations are available by calling 707- 938 – 2600.
Reservations for the Sonoma Valley Wine Trolley can be made online up to 3 hours before a tour departure.
The Sonoma Valley Wine Trolley is located at 21707 8th Street East, Suite B - Sonoma, California 95476
Phone: (707) 938-2600