10 Best Healdsburg Tasting Rooms
The ten best tasting rooms in Healdsburg are Hartford Family Winery, Rockpile, Coursey Graves, Arnot-Roberts, Roadhouse Winery, Longboard Vineyards, Williamson Wines, Selby Winery, Simi Winery, and Seghesio Family Vineyards.
North of San Francisco, Dry Creek Valley, Alexander Valley, and Russian River Valley possess some of the most elite wineries Healdsburg and Sonoma County wine country have to offer. However, before you travel down Dry Creek Road remember, some of the best tasting rooms Healdsburg holds are right along Healdsburg Avenue. These hidden gems among winery tasting rooms are all within walking distance around our lovely downtown fountain Square Plaza.
Amid Healdsburg’s downtown tasting rooms, these ten tender truly distinctive settings with fine wines of the most popular varietals. Ambiances range from fresh and breezy, to calmly serene, and to opulently chic, making these Healdsburg Plaza tasting rooms among the finest in Sonoma wine country.
My wife and I went to all 46 tasting rooms in Healdsburg and selected this list from our personal experience, with no incentive or influence from any tasting room. You can click on each tasting room’s name to see their varietals, hours open, and tasting fees. And click this link for our downtown winery map.
In the heart of Healdsburg’s Russian River Valley, vineyards flourish with fruit that Hartford Family Winery crafts into some of the most extraordinary old vine single-vineyard varietals. As a boutique winery, Hartford nurtures a rare selection of wines; preferring preeminent quality above quantity production. One of the best tasting rooms downtown Healdsburg enjoys, Hartford Family’s selection of prestigious wines is namely reserved for their elite restaurant clientele and the winery’s members.
Hartford Family Winery’s specialty artisan process utilizes minimal to no filtration, ensuring each bottle embraces its own unique character. Due to this winery’s impeccably unwavering release of faultlessly fine wines, they are the premier selection on several prominent culinary clienteles’ wine lists.
Rockpile Vineyard tasting room is wrapped on the Healdsburg roundabout. It’s feel is open, airy, and crisp. A contemporary structure, with beautiful bay windows stretching high and open to an avenue view. Sip on meritage, cabernet sauvignon, petit verdot, zinfandel, or syrah, as you watch the world go by.
That’s the Rockpile way of life. Their sparklingly fresh tasting room is an inviting place where locals and friends gather to drink superb wine while basking in soft afternoon sunshine.
Right around the corner from Rockpile rests Coursey Graves tasting salon. A more reserved, exclusive atmosphere with a retro-chic flair. Coursey-Graves sets a mood both comfortable, and a touch romantic. Personifying the mystique of being somewhere lost from the hustle of it all… where you might meet someone special for a cozy interlude. When you want to turn the world off for a little while, think Coursy-Graves.
Quietly tucked away like a Sommelier’s secret cellar, Arnot-Roberts may not even know how to spell ambiance. However, when your desire runs with discovering wines to impress your next soiree’s guests, you’ll quench that quest at Arnot-Roberts.
Selected by Sommeliers both in the States and abroad, their vintages have garnered national and international acclaim. Not because they’ve sought such; rather, because renown found them. And that’s how esteem should be… natural, distinct, clear, resounding. Aspects equally reflective of the wines which have earned such attention. One sip and you’ll see why Arnot-Roberts is one of California wine country’s most select wineries.
One of the oldest wine tasting rooms in Healdsburg, Roadhouse’s fascination for a single varietal is a rarity, even among the world of wines. From its dawn along a country roadside, with a single arrow indicating its existence, this winery’s passion for perfecting pinot noir has rendered it one of Sonoma County faithful’s favored hideouts.
Country casual, with vintage vinyl spinning classic sounds in the background, Roadhouse is the best place to start your tour – especially when you’re new to the world of wine tasting. Along with preferred pinot, guests are pampered with winery wisdom, and cultural insights from tasting hosts who boast being old hands at helping novel wine tasters feel comfortable. And, if pet friendly is on your radar, you’ve found hound heaven here. It’s also one of the best tasting rooms in downtown Healdsburg for accommodating larger groups of guests.
Longboard is a surf shack washed ashore, where flip-flops and the scent of sun tan lotion are as welcome as the sound of cork escaping a bottle. In a world where wineries are oft swallowed up in corporate inculcation, Longboard soundly sails set-adrift against such tide.
Longboard is where casual acquaintances become classic friends… and the wonder of wine never pretends. When your heart seeks a softer sanctuary, where it feels the sun’s shining even when it rains, and you simply want to feel warm and welcome… Longboard is the shoreline to head for.
Culinary culture is another fame for which Healdsburg is renown. And no other downtown Healdsburg tasting room fuses two such world class cultures as does Williamson Wines. Pairing wine with food is an art form for these vino virtuosos, and they flaunt their skill with flair.
No excursion into the wonders of wine country is complete without ‘tasting’ the experience of understanding the proper varietal to uncork with a given cuisine. One afternoon will forever set your course into the journey that is wine pairing.
When you need a little opulence, Selby is your spot. Quaint and colorful, with a splash of panache, Selby Winery is a clarion call to hearts yearning for a touch of grandeur and style. My wife says this would be a perfect setting for ladies looking to escape and indulge in an afternoon away.
Want a little luxury while sipping premium reds, whites, or sparkling wines? Selby’s royal oasis transcends the cookie-cutter climate so oft found among mundane winery tasting rooms. When you and your pals need a bit of zeal appeal, slip into Selby.
As if sliding down from a snowcapped mountain, Simi Winery’s charm is more like a warm ski lodge than a Healdsburg wine tasting room. And if that wasn’t enough, an outdoor fountain adorned court is a comfy slice of sanity awaiting you on sunny days.
Simi has the best of both worlds. Their enticing interior complimented by spacious outdoor arrangements makes Simi a top Healdsburg tasting room and truly a treasure to visit any time of year. Whether with whites, reds, or sparkling varietals, pairing Simi wines with this array of ambiance makes it one of the best wine tasting rooms Healdsburg has to enjoy.
Please note, this tasting room is at the northern boundary of town on Healdsburg Avenue. It’s best to park along the strip just on the north side of Simi’s lodge.
Seghesio is one of the oldest wineries in Sonoma County. Their Healdsburg tasting room is a matchless weave of rustic and regal elegance, accented by an outdoor ambiance alongside shade tree settings bounded by a bocci ball court. With over a century’s experience cultivating their craft, their delightful wines are a brilliant backdrop to learning about the family’s storied lot in Sonoma County winemaking history.
Seghesio Family Vineyards is the most established of Healdsburg wineries, having been founded in 1895 when a young Italian couple came here and planted vines of zinfandel to start their life’s dream.
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