If you’ve been reading my blog for a while now, then you likely know that I was born and raised in Sonoma County (and I also have my very own wine club!) I feel like the luckiest person to have grown up here — and even luckier that I get to raise my two kids in my hometown.
There’s a lot of information out there about visiting Napa, but when it comes to traveling within Sonoma County, it can feel like there are less resources.
I’m obviously a bit biased but I think Sonoma is the sh*t! It truly has something to offer everyone and it makes the perfect destination for a girls trip, couples getaway, and yes, even a family vacation.
The most popular time to visit wine country is spring through late summer, but if you’re hoping to save some money, January through March is also a good time to plan your trip. The wine tastes delicious year-round so you really can’t go wrong.
Regardless of when you’re visiting, it’s always smart to call ahead and make tasting appointments. Things can get busy fast and it’s especially crucial that you have a reservation if you’re going with a large group or a lot of kids.
Without further ado, here are 9 of my favorite family-friendly wineries in Sonoma. Happy tasting!
Family-Friendly Wineries in Sonoma
The down-to-earth, relaxed atmosphere at VJB Cellars makes it a great spot to hang out with family. On top of having a great wine selection, they also have a giant pizza oven, a big courtyard with lots of tables, good music, a gelato shop, and a deli. You can spend an entire day here without even realizing it!
If you’re looking for a lot of space for your kids to run around and play, Truett Hurst has you covered. There’s a pretty creek that runs through the property and there are plenty of seating options (it’s actually a great place for a picnic!) They also have farm animals — like goats and chickens — which is a big hit with the kids.
The rose garden at Bricoluer Vineyards is absolutely stunning. It’s such a dreamy setting and it would be another great spot to host a family picnic. The vineyard has a huge lawn area, a pond, and a bocce ball court. You can book your own picnic that’s complete with a wicker basket filled with chilled wine and local treats — this makes it super easy to coordinate.
Francis Ford Coppola
It’s not very often that you see a vineyard and tasting room that flaunts a full pool. Francis Ford Coppola Winery is one of the most impressive wineries here in Sonoma County. The grounds are gorgeous, they have cabanas you can rent, and there’s an amazing restaurant on the property. This is one spot in particular that you’ll definitely need reservations for, so be sure to plan ahead.
The only thing that’s better than a winery is a winery that has wood-fired pizza. The food and drinks at Imagery Winery are to die for, but you can also bring your own snacks if you plan to stay for a while. The lawn area and bocce ball courts are open on a first come, first serve basis. Bonus: You can bring your dog along!
Larson Family Winery
Larson Family Winery gets everything right about wine country — it’s welcoming, kid-friendly, and has pretty vineyard views. You and your fam can play corn hole or visit with the owner’s three dogs while sipping a glass of chardonnay. They also have a good mix of food options for both adults and kids.
Matanzas Creek Winery
If you’re a sucker for some fresh lavender, then a stop at Matanzas Creek Winery is an absolute must. The lavender is so lush and fragrant during the spring and summer months, but any time of year is special at this winery. Matanzas Creek is known for their sauvignon blanc and merlot, so be sure to try both during your visit.
La Crema Winery
If you’ve never been to La Crema Winery before, I’d highly suggest signing up for a guided tour during your visit. You can also opt for a seated wine tasting or picnic table if you prefer that — I just think the property is too pretty not to explore. Some of my favorite wines are from La Crema so I’m a frequent visitor at this spot.
Kendall-Jackson Winery is another local favorite of mine. I go here a lot and have been lucky enough to attend several special events on the property. Some highlights include a 3-acre garden, chicken coup, tons of food offerings, and a big lawn area that makes an inviting setting for a picnic.
Do you know of any family-friend wineries in Sonoma County? Let me know in the comment section below and I’ll be sure to add them to my list!