When my husband and I were looking into visiting Sonoma with the kids in tow we were happy to discover that family-friendly wineries do exist! While we knew that the kids wouldn't be able to taste, of course, we figured the educational value of visiting a winery would be good enough....aaaand there'd be wine for mom and dad to enjoy at the end as well!
Our visit to Benziger Family Winery in Sonoma, CA did not disappoint. The property is breathtaking, just what a winery in Sonoma Valley is pictured in your head to look like. With mountains in the distance and beautiful vineyards of purple and green grapes rolling among the hills it looked just like a picture postcard.
We purchased tickets for the Biodynamic Tram Tour, which was $20 for my husband and I and $5 for each of our kids. The 45-minute tour brought us to see the vineyards up close, where the guide explained to us the importance of biodynamics in the vineyard.
From there we visited the fermentation facility and entered the barrel caves, where the wine is stored in a naturally climate-controlled environment. I appreciated the responsibility Benziger Family Winery took in regards to their winery's impact on the environment. It was great for the kids to learn about and see first-hand as well.
After the tour we were brought to the tasting room and got to try some wines. My husband and I picked up a bottle for home as well as some picnic goodies and had a wonderful lunch on the deck. The kids enjoyed some play time on the playground after lunch as well.
Our visit to the Benziger Family Winery was the perfect end to our California vacation. The employees of the winery proudly educated the visitors on their approach to a biodynamic, sustainable, and organic winery. If you will be looking to visit wineries in Sonoma with children, let Benziger Family Winery be at the top of your list!