Cline Cellars

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24737 Arnold Drive (Highway 121) , Sonoma, CA 95476

About This Winery

Hidden among towering trees, extensive lawns, thousands of rose bushes and six spring-fed ponds is the 1850s-era farmhouse that fronts as the tasting room for Cline Cellars. The property was once the site of a Miwok Village; later, it was
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Hidden among towering trees, extensive lawns, thousands of rose bushes and six spring-fed ponds is the 1850s-era farmhouse that fronts as the tasting room for Cline Cellars.

The property was once the site of a Miwok Village; later, it was the first camp of Father Altimira during his quest to establish the Sonoma Mission. It offers sweeping views of the Carneros Valley, as well as lovely spots for picnicking and tasting wine.

The farmhouse has an old-fashioned wrap-around porch with outdoor seating and views of the rock-walled ponds. There are numerous picnic tables and places to explore. Inside the tasting room is a well-stocked gift shop and an
“L”- shaped tasting bar.

Fred Cline pioneered the planting of Rhône varietals in the Carneros region, planting Syrah, Viognier, Marsanne and Roussanne. Since the year 2000, Cline Cellars has farmed organically to eliminate reliance on chemical pesticides, fungicides and fertilizers. Vineyard management includes the use of composting, using cover crops, and encouraging beneficial insects in the vineyard. You may spot sheep grazing between the rows to keep the weeds down.

In addition to the Rhone varieties, the winery also specializes in Zinfandel, with a number of vineyard-designated wines as well as half-size bottles available. To brush up on California history, check out the California Missions Museum located on the property. See Sonoma Vacations for other travel ideas.

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Winery Information

Hours: Open daily 10 to 6 pm
Tasting Fees: $1 per taste
Price Range: $11 to $32 per bottle
Established: 1982
Vineyards: 350 acres

Amenities

  • Gardens

Ambiances

  • Casual & Relaxed
  • Family Run
  • Historic Features
  • Kid Friendly
  • Off the Beaten Path
  • Resort Like

Wine Types

  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Estate Grown Wines
  • Mourvedre
  • Roussanne
  • Syrah
  • Zinfandel

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My husband and I just spent 11 days in Napa. We were there on my husbands birthday and they gave him a free bottle of wine! The also gave him his tasting for free! We found wines that were spicy and full bodied just like we like them! We bought several bottles. The grounds are beautiful. Thank you Cline Winery!

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Yes this is a must stop for: the wines made from organic grapes, the very cool ponds, and the people. We all had a blast, bought wine, and lazed around the grounds. They make some great Rhone wines. You will not be disappointed.

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You'll know you're at Cline when you see the big red truck in front, which is featured on their low-priced Red Truck Wine label. We just had to take our picture on it. Cline's farmhouse tasting room is somewhat small for the large crowds that they attract, but it's not difficult to get waited on. When we were there, they were offering a complimentary tasting where you can choose 5 wines from their long list, as well as a reserve tasting for a small fee, so amongst 2-3 people, you can taste through all the wines. This is one winery where I would say both their lower priced wines and their higher priced wines are both exceptional values. Plan to buy at least a case of wine here, because Cline is so good and such a bargain. Their highest priced wines are only in the mid 30s. At home, Cline is one of our predominant everyday wines. Spend a few dollars for the reserve tasting, because this has some real gems, especially if you love a variety of Zinfandels or Syrahs. The reserve Mourvedre was already

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Yes, the tasting room is very crowded, so we joined the club.

Cline has very good wines and great prices. We really like the Cashmere blend. When you pour it you get a wonderful aroma of raspberries. The taste however, is not overly fruity, but rather a nice blend of slightly spicy plum and black cherry. It has a nice, lingering finish. I joined the club. Club members have a special tasting area and can reserve a cheese plate and wine tasting and tour. This is amazing. We had our own host who not only kept refilling our "tastes" but also took us on a tour the vineyards, the winery, and the Mission Museum, which has a collection of incredible scale models of the California missions from the 1700's and 1800's that were built for the 1939 World's Fair.

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Cline. Maybe the worst tasting room experience ever due to the crushing crowd. We were very disappointed, because Cline had been a favorite on our previous trip to Sonoma. The tasting room filled up with a bus tour. There must have been fifty people in this tiny tasting room. It was insane. Diane poured, and she was very nice.
08 Oakley 5 Reds, $11. Not balanced, not much fruit.
08 Cashmere, $21
08 Ancient Vine Carignane, $16
08 Ancient Vine Mourvedre, $18
08 S C Sarah, Sunny Side, $12 A little like a peppery Zin. We liked this the most.
08 Cool Climate Sarah, $16
09 California Zin, $12
08 Ancient Vine Zin, $18. Very nice!
07 Reserve Zin, $18.20, which was 30% off.

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