3 Sonoma Vineyard Hikes, Healdsburg Hikes & Wine Tastings
Wine hikes – outdoor wine tasting during or after a vineyard hike – have become all the rage, with wineries in Sonoma, Livermore and beyond offering vineyard hikes and wine hikes that combine l fresh air and wine.
If you venture north of Wine Country, several wineries in Healdsburg have started offering guided hikes that take advantage of their varied terrain and expansive vineyards, as well as their taxis, bubbles, and roses. Here are some must-see wiking experiences – wine + hiking – that will turn your tasting into something special.
SUTRO Wine Co., owned and managed by an all-female team, offers one of the most affordable wiking adventures in the valley ($ 45). A 45-minute hike through vineyards with founder and winemaker Alice Warnecke Sutro will have your heart racing as you listen to the wine journey from land to glass. Combining education, exercise and wine experience, the outing ends with a tasting of SUTRO wines, including Merlot 2017 and Cabernet Sauvignon 2018.
For a longer hike, take the Sparkling Wine and Habitat Restoration Walk at Amista Vineyards, a Dry Creek winery known for its sparkling wines. Cycle through the 20-acre estate as you learn about the winery’s sustainability and habitat improvement efforts, which include a retention pond designed to restore the area’s natural fish habitat. You don’t have to wait until the end of the hike to taste the sparkling wine. Several sips are served throughout the 90-minute tour. After the hike, open a bottle (included in the tour price) and sip on the terrace overlooking the vines.
If you are looking to prepare your wike in a weekend, an end of wike? – check out the Valley Hike package offered by Bella Vineyards and Hotel Healdsburg. Meet up soon for a front row seat in Bella Vineyard Crash Season before setting off on a private guided hike through the estate, which features 360-degree views of the Dry Creek Valley. After the hike, the package includes a wine tasting for two – with sips of five Bella Vineyard wines, including the 2017 Hills + Benches Zinfandel and the 2017 Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast – and a picnic lunch provided by Dry Creek Kitchen.
HIKING & SIP
Alexander Valley Wine: Daily wine hikes take you through the vineyards of this Healdsburg winery for a gentle stroll, followed by a picnic in the wine country. Reserve at least 48 hours in advance. 8644 route 128, Healdsburg; www.avvwine.com
Amista vineyards: Make reservations for the Estate VineyardTour and Tasting ($ 50) or view virtual tasting options at www.amistavineyards.com. The winery is located at 3320 Dry Creek Road in Healdsburg.
Bella vineyards + Wine cellars: Find details on the Hike the Valley Package from the Healdsburg Hotel to Bella Vineyards ($ 280 for two) at https://hotelhealdsburg.com/offers/ or by calling 707-922-5256. Bella Vineyards is located at 9711 W. Dry Creek Road in Healdsburg; www.bellawinery.com.
Jordan Vineyards & Winery: Take a guided tour of the estate ($ 135), which includes a continental breakfast with sparkling wine, stops for outdoor wine and olive oil tastings, and food and wine pairings. Tickets go on sale September 24 for six hikes in the estate and picnics with food and wine pairings in November. 1474 Alexander Valley Road in Healdsburg;
SUTRO Wine Co:. Hiking and tasting packages ($ 45) are offered at 10 a.m. Wednesday to Saturday during the hot summer months and at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. this fall. Reservations are a must; book your hike at www.sutrovine.com/randonnÃ©e. Find the winery at 13301 Chalk Hill Road in Healdsburg.
Healdsburg Hotel: Rooms at this boutique hotel next to Town Square start at $ 489. Find the hotel at 25 Matheson St .; https://hotelhealdsburg.com.
Healdsburg Inn in the Plaza: This luxurious bed and breakfast is also a short walk from the tasting rooms and restaurants of the city center. Rooms start at $ 385. Find the hotel at 112 Matheson St .; www.healdsburginn.com.
Dry Creek Inn: This Best Western property is a short drive – or half an hour’s walk – from the Town Square. Rooms start at $ 170. The hotel is located at 198 Dry Creek Road; www.drycreekinn.com.