Where to find the best wine in SF and beyond
No trip to San Francisco is complete without a visit to Wine Country. Along with neighboring Sonoma County and the world-famous Napa Valley, the San Francisco bay area has over 500 world-class vineyards, wineries, and tasting rooms for you to choose from during your visit. If you’re looking for tips on where to start your tour, let us point you in the right direction with this list of the 10 best wineries near San Francisco.
Found in the Central Waterfront neighborhood, this urban venue features a distinctive industrial take on the traditional tasting room environment. Dogpatch WineWorks provides winemaking opportunities for guests looking to try their hand at amateur custom crushing. You will find plenty of client-crafted wines in their collective barrel room, which routinely plays host to public and private events. With capacity for up to 300 people, the spacious lounge area offers a relaxing atmosphere and is the perfect setting for a corporate seminar or a lavish wedding. Check their website for a virtual tour of the venue or to book reservations.
Located in the heart of Treasure Island, this aptly-named venue offers a scenic view of the San Francisco skyline and Bay Bridge, making it a great spot to enjoy some of the best wine the city has on tap. Enjoy a first-hand look at the crafting process with a tour of the 20,000 square foot winemaking facility, then sample some of the award-winning local vintages for a taste of Sonoma and Napa in the city. Thanks to its gorgeous view of the bay and open spaces, The Winery SF is an ideal location for significant public events and private tastings alike. Take a piece of The Winery home by joining their wine club to enjoy exclusive offers.
If you find yourself in the North Beach neighborhood of San Francisco, be sure to stop by the Maritime Wine Tasting Studio. While the wine bar itself was established in 2015, the owners have been producing and importing wine for over 10 years, building up a robust collection of vintages from all over the world. Today, their menu offers over 150 wines by the bottle ready to be shared. The expansive tasting area is perfect for group events, and the adjacent Brioche Bakery provides plenty of food pairing opportunities.
Located in San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf, Winery Collective brings some of the best boutique wines from all over California into a convenient urban tasting room. It’s the perfect wine tasting option for travelers looking to sample wines from different California vineyards without having to leave the city. Their menu is routinely rotated, so the selection will never be the same twice. The venue welcomes walk-in tastings and provides private event hosting opportunities as well. With a menu of nearly 100 different vintages to choose from, the Winery Collective is a great place to end your tour of the wharf.
Take a trip along the north end of Sonoma County’s Dry Creek Valley, and you’ll find an estate winery like no other. The Ferrari-Carano Winery is home to the Villa Fiore, a lavish, Italian-style tasting room that offers food & wine pairings and full tours. Take a leisurely walk through the extensive gardens, enjoy the vibrant vineyard view, and raise a glass of award-winning rosé from one of the best wineries in Sonoma. Before you leave, be sure to stop by the wine shop for a selection of accessories, unique tableware, and of course, incredible wines.
If you’re looking for a vineyard where the views are a match for the vintage, look no further than Chateau St. Jean. The idyllic Sonoma Valley backdrop is complimented by this early 20th-century, European-style chateau, making it one of the most gorgeous wineries near San Francisco. Enjoy award-winning wines in their main tasting room and take a tour of their beautiful, French-inspired formal gardens. For a truly unique experience, the chateau also offers a wine-themed escape room. Groups of 6 to 12 people can sign up to “Unlock the Chateau,” where they must solve puzzles and riddles to get through a series of rooms.
Not every winery has a castle, but Chateau Montelena is not like any other winery. Founded in 1882, this Napa Valley winery is a landmark of Wine Country, California, and it’s easy to see why. The estate features a grand stone castle that overlooks a Chinese garden, lake, and vineyards stretch out to the base of Mount St. Helena. Beyond the gorgeous scenery, Chateau Montelena has a rich history of excellence in winemaking. You can experience their world-class vintages for yourself by enjoying a walk-in tasting or by scheduling a full tour of the grounds.
Perched atop the southern-most tip of Napa’s Silverado Trail, you’ll find Luna Vineyards, a winery dedicated to Italian varietals and classic, old-world wines. They’re primarily known for their Pinot Grigio and Sangiovese, both of which set them apart from many other wineries across the California wine regions. Luna offers daily tastings at both their Napa winery estate (which requires a reservation) and a newly-opened tasting room in The Village at Vista Collina (walk-ins welcome). Definitely try to make time for an estate tasting if you can, as the views are as splendid as the wines.
Enjoy a taste of old Hollywood in Sonoma County with a visit to mega-producer Francis Ford Coppola’s winery, Vinicola de Coppola. More than your typical vineyard, this estate aims to create a thoroughly relaxing wine-country vacation experience for the whole family. Enjoy a dip in the pool, play a game of bocce ball, and experience fine dining in the full-service restaurant. Film aficionados will appreciate the movie gallery, filled with memorabilia from many of Coppola’s celebrated movies. If you feel like splurging, reserve a private poolside cabana, which includes free tastings and all-day access to the pool and bocce courts. Also, you won’t want to miss the Pavilion area: Inspired by the bandshell that appeared in The Godfather: Part II, this space holds the winery’s entertainment events, such as an ever-popular Dancing Under the Stars night. With cinema, food, hideaways, adventure, and most importantly, excellent wine, this winery promises to be a great time.
Experience a piece of wine country history with a stop at Scribe Winery in Sonoma Valley. While the winery itself was founded in 2007, Scribe sits on a piece of property that pioneered pre-prohibition winemaking in Sonoma Valley. Take in the laid-back vibe of the estate’s hacienda as you sample some of their signature chardonnays with accompanying charcuterie. An on-site garden provides the ingredients to their delicious farm-to-table dinners available to members. Reserve a group tasting for up to 8 people and enjoy a view of the vineyards as you relax and unwind.
Of all the many vineyards and wineries near San Francisco, these are our top picks. Each offers something unique for you to experience.
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