The 12 Best Healdsburg Wineries 2023
The best wineries in Healdsburg are Francis Ford Coppola Winery, Armida Winery, Jordan Vineyard & Winery, Merriam Family Vineyards, Ferrari-Carano Winery, Amista Vineyards, Thomas George Estates, Flowers Winery, Dry Creek Vineyard, The Moss Lounge, Blanchard Family Wines, and Oakville Wine Merchant. Among Healdsburg’s top wineries, these have the finest wines, architecture, ambiance, vineyard views, and serenely luxurious settings.
My wife and I have visited each of the 92 wineries in and around Healdsburg. This list is from our personal experience, with no influence or inducement from any wineries. You can click on each winery’s name to get a flavor for that winery, with photos, videos, varietals served, and links to their online reservation apps, or their sites. And when you want to know about our list of Best Healdsburg Tasting Rooms, simply click here.
For wine lovers, going wine tasting is a most exciting and pleasurable event; one looked forward to with great anticipation. As a novice to the world of wine, the spectacle and experience are intoxicating. Wine tasting may seem a bit overwhelming, even intimidating for a newcomer. However, there’s no wrong way to sensibly enjoy wine. And as any winery host will tell you, “Wine tasting is all about you.” So, your first experience is assured to be a pleasant and comfortable one, as you immerse in Northern Sonoma County tourism’s wine country.
Here in Healdsburg, located in the wine country of Sonoma County, Northern California, our vintners take exceptional pride in the array of wine varietals they produce, so locals and visitors alike can savor equally both the wine and their wine country experience.
Having been to each of these wineries, my wife and I have found the following to be among the best wineries in Healdsburg to visit for a variety of reasons. We don’t cover the wines, as such, because whether a wine is exceptional or not is entirely a matter of personal taste. The best advice I’ve ever heard on wine tasting is, “If you like it, it’s a good wine. If you don’t, it isn’t.” Simple as that. And if you prefer some objective insight and opinions on various wines before you try them, we suggest the Vivino app (Google or Apple). Vivino rates wines based on input from novice wine tasters to sommeliers and is a highly rated app. Find out which wines Healdsburg is known for by clicking here.
We’ll go over the list of Top Healdsburg Wineries and tell you what makes each one so special, along with links to each winery’s images, videos, phone number, address, online reservation link, and website link (simply click on each Winery Name). If you’re completely new to the wine tasting experience, you can quickly feel comfortable and confident by reviewing this brief guide on ”How To Go Wine Tasting”. Now, on to the best Healdsburg wineries.
Most Wineries Near Healdsburg Now Require Reservations
Reservation phone numbers and online reservation links are provided below.
Best Wineries in Healdsburg
Far and away, the most exceptional winery experience in Healdsburg is The Francis Ford Coppola Winery and Movie Museum. We love this winery. From its world-class cuisine to its iconic movie memorabilia, posh cabana-wrapped pool and spa bay, and café inspired vineyard views, Mr. Coppola has somehow imported the vibrant tastes of life from his worldly travels into a single stunning spectacle. It is simply the one Sonoma County winery you must see.
My wife and I love the Moroccan lamb prepared and served in its traditional clay stoneware. Matched with any of the resounding red wines produced at Coppola Winery, it’s a memorable event for two.
And yet, the most stellar aspect of this astounding winery is its complimentary movie museum. Imagine embracing the moment as you gaze upon the legendary desk used by Marlin Brando and Al Pacino in the timeless classic film The Godfather. Standing before that desk is like being a part of cinematic history. Or seeing the meticulously restored Tucker automobile slowly swirling on its platform in the midst of the museum rotunda. So many priceless artifacts and mementos from movies such as Apocalypse Now, Tucker, Dracula, and The Godfather Trilogy, all marshaled to this one place by the man who changed the landscape of American cinematography. You simply must experience this place at least once in your lifetime.
As for wine tasting, Coppola produces and serves more than forty exquisitely crafted wines from their innovative winemaking process. Plan on spending a lovely day relaxing poolside, sharing a wonderful meal together, or joining one of the ‘Tasting and Tour’ options hosted by the vineyard’s entertaining and knowledgeable staff.
For reservations call (707) 610-3160
Imagine glancing over the brim of a raised wine glass, and drinking in rolling waves of vineyard views, as Russian River’s appellation cascades into the distant Mayacama mountains. Armida’s allure begins with what genuinely is Healdsburg’s most breathtaking vista view.
Beyond superb scenery, this family owned boutique winery presents guests ample options for any affair. Whether an intimately secluded hidden patio for those wanting a little ‘we time’ alone (reservations required), abundant arrangements for groups up to fifty-five guests, or a cozy respite on The Wedding Deck, all Armida’s arrangements embrace a picturesque beauty, making it one of Healdsburg’s most Instagramable venues.
A bay with amusements such as giant Jinga, bocci ball, and bean bag toss, all overlooking a peaceful fountain spring pond, are perfectly suited for a sunny day’s soiree. Charcuterie boards, fire pits in autumn, shade trees, and special events adorn this spacious open air winery. A place where Mom and Dad can easily keep little ones in view, and where dogs are family and always welcome.
Relax and let this wine and land speak to you, as you walk among grapes that will become wines in your home, and country living elegance surrounds you with a comfortable family feel… Discover Armida.
Without question, the wines of Jordan Winery set a standard of excellence. Recently named among the “Year’s Best U.S. Cabernets”, Jordan takes pride in being one of the most esteemed vineyards of our Alexander Valley. Featuring four unique wine tours and tastings assures a most enjoyable occasion. Whether a hiking tour of its progressive farming and apiculturist preserve, a food and wine pairing event, or one of Jordan’s gorgeous outdoor dinners, these by-appointment-only affairs range from casual country charm to sophisticated soiree. Jordan is always a romantic and remarkable experience. (see Happenings Calendar for Jordan Events)
You’ll feel as though you’ve sauntered into an English Estate as you view their beautiful chateau, and learn about its history from their pampering, professional staff. Jordan is an extraordinary encounter you’ll want to immerse in, as few wineries can touch you the way Jordan can. Exploring Jordan Vineyard and Winery is an experience equaling that of the most prestigious wineries in the world, making it one of the best Healdsburg wineries to experience.
For reservations call (707) 395-6300
Merriam Vineyards is renown as Healdsburg’s premiere organic winery, serving specialty varietals you may not find anywhere else in Sonoma County. They’re loved among locals for having the best organic Semillon, Fume Blanc, Petit Verdot, and Cabernet Franc varietals. And, being one of Healdsburg’s few ‘working wineries’, you can enjoy an intimate tour discovering every aspect of how premium natural organic wines are made, often with a member of the Merriam family personally guiding you.
Beyond being a premiere boutique estate and organic winery, Merriam is also one of Healdsburg’s most family and dog friendly destinations, and provides custom tastings with accommodations for two or groups of up to 40 guests. As Evan Merriam shares, “Wine is fun… and it surrounds some of the most important moments of our lives… we love being a part of that.”
Prepare to lose your heart, swept away by beautiful gardens, lovely vineyard landscapes, and eloquence of scenery only dreamed about in a winery. Breath-taking is Ferrari-Carano.
Guests can stroll spectacular vineyard scenery, lush intimate gardens with koi ponds, and enjoy highly acclaimed wines in this picturesque vineyard estate. Nestled in our beautiful Dry Creek Valley, Ferrari-Carano features award-winning varietals from sustainably farmed vineyards, which yield flawlessly delicate Chardonnays, Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blancs. Ferrari-Carano is an exhibit in commitment to class, hospitality, and winery splendor.
Nearly hidden a stone’s throw from the Dry Creek General Store, surrounded by the splendor of scenic mountains and vineyard landscapes, rests Amista Vineyards. Celebrated among locals for a pampering staff surpassed only by a stunning array of sparkling varietals, this woman-owned, organic winery specializes in rare Rhône and sparkling wines.
Strolling around Amista’s winery walk, with a glass of white or red in hand, sampling estate grapes destined to become incomparable vintages is only part of this winery’s charm. Serene settings, while being pampered to perfection, await all who long for distinctive Rhône-style wines.
Winemaker Ashley Herzberg embraces innovative methods mingled with the wisdom of a winemaking sage, producing vintner delicacies found nowhere else in California wine country. “As a woman winemaker, thinking ‘outside the barrel’ in striving to craft stellar varietals has become a lifestyle.”
When refreshing leisurely with a glass of Grenache, Syrah, or Mourvèdre wine is your passion… Amista is everything.
Thomas George Estates is one of Healdsburg’s loveliest wineries. A cozy country cruise of vineyard views from Healdsburg’s round-about, TGE is a reserve unto its own, a soothing solace away from a flock of commonplace wineries. When you long for a setting with repose, where your selection of surroundings entails an assortment of wine caves, a private garden grandeur, and an elegant cottage Château, consider Thomas George your destination for distinction.
From its lush natural enclaves rolling with greenery, to a quiet reflection fountain, crisp refreshing breeze, and splash of renowned varietals, Thomas George Estates is a winery you’ll always remember…
An incomparable exhibit in architectural style and grace is the luxuriantly cosmopolitan venue that is Flowers. Another notable winery, reflecting the heart and soul of its visionary founder. The concept of Flowers is to capture serene settings; each echoing the room of a grand, stately residence. A warm, welcoming den. A distinguished dining room. A luxuriant library. An outdoor gallery balcony. All unfolding in the master craftsmanship of magnificent woodworks.
Flowers vineyards, caressed each morning by coastal mists, are beautifully rendered in the stellar triptych photograph embellishing the high vaulted foyer of this superb sanctuary. This is a winery to remember.
Known for stylish events and sumptuous dining affairs, Dry Creek Vineyard is one of the oldest wineries in the Dry Creek Valley. With an array of specialty wines and appreciation for the art of sailing, DCV sets the standard for sophistication and classic appeal, mirrored in their renowned Chardonnay and Zinfandel varietals.
One of the few family-owned wineries, Dry Creek Vineyard endeavors to ensure every bottle that carries its label makes the taster yearn for more. Founded in 1972, DCV helped revitalize the winemaking industry in the area after the difficult Prohibition years. Relaxed and inviting, the place is an ideal spot for a winery getaway with family and friends. Offering snacks perfectly matching their wines, you can enjoy both in their lovely picnic courtyard while spending a day in an incredibly relaxing corner of the winery world.
Healdsburg Wine Tasting Rooms On Our List
GrapeSeed Wines at The Moss Lounge is unquestionably the premiere wine affair in downtown Healdsburg. An experience without equal.
Grafted into the Paul Mahder International Art Gallery landscape seven years ago, a quiet group of wine artisans designed this extraordinary venue to match their passion for softer, more subtle varietals. Their oasis has become a tasting room benchmark, where exceptional boutique wines flow smoothly into every glass.
Authentic Italianate old world wines, served in an irresistibly serene air lounge, all graced with beautiful sculpture, inspiring art, and a spectacularly calm and soothing ‘living moss’ wall. With the International Art Gallery of Paul Mahder wrapped around it like a silk scarf, if a tasting experience were ever branded spellbindingly seductive, this is the one.
As you saunter around Healdsburg Square, you simply must let this experience envelop you once. Let its ambiance embrace you. Its varietals enthrall you. Its International Art touch you… for this is a place where fond memories begin.
Owner Mark Blanchard personally hosts guests in an intimate and exclusive wine tasting experience. Every event is one-on-one with the owner where only you and your family and friends are allowed in the tasting room.
When a personal relationship with the winery owner suits you more than standing at a bar with a crowded room full of strangers, Mark Blanchard has the perfect reservation for you.
Reservations are required for Mark’s select private reservations and reserve barrel tastings.
Oakville Wine Merchant has Healdsburg’s largest array of California and International wines. Yet, their true allure is one Steve Morvai. Steve is a master when it comes to weaving wine tastings accentuating specific varietals, appelations, or countries’ selections. When yearning for custom experiences with exclusive wines… Steve is your maestro with a symphony of wines.
· If you desire rare or reserve wines, please call Steve so he may accommodate your preferences..
Reservations are required for Steve Morvai’s custom connoisseur tasting experiences.
Sonoma County is California’s premier wine country. And when it comes to beautiful tasting rooms with fine wines Healdsburg has it all, from old vine Zinfandels to world-class Pinot Noir and Chardonnays. Each a celebration to savor, as breathtaking views of romantic sprawling vineyard hills embrace you. Renowned for its distinctive fusion of San Francisco luxury and country charm, Italianate ambiance, and its world-class farm-to-table culinary culture, wine tasting in Healdsburg California is a singularity for the senses.
If you’re new to wine tasting, check out our helpful guide on “How To Go Wine Tasting” and quickly learn how to be confident and comfortable in any wine tasting situation, along with fun facts, and how to plan a day of wine tasting.
Please note: as of June 16th, 2021, most all COVID Pandemic required restrictions have been lifted in Healdsburg. Masks are typically only required by guests who have not yet received a vaccination. However, some wineries may still require face masks or social distancing, so please tuck a mask in your pocket just in case.
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