Larson Family Winery

3.62/4

23355 Millerick Road , Sonoma, CA 95476

About This Winery

The down-home, fun-loving country atmosphere of this boutique winery conceals a passion for grape growing and winemaking. Don’t be misled by the casual atmosphere (or the llamas and sheep). A few minutes’ drive down a narrow lane is the 100-acre
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The down-home, fun-loving country atmosphere of this boutique winery conceals a passion for grape growing and winemaking. Don’t be misled by the casual atmosphere (or the llamas and sheep).

A few minutes’ drive down a narrow lane is the 100-acre country ranch of the Larson Family. Tom Larson and his wife, Becky, strive to keep the winery a fun, casual place where people can come to relax and enjoy their wine. The tasting room is an uncomplicated affair, with stained cement floors and a wood-topped tasting bar sitting on old wine barrels. A large mural on the wall depicts earlier days of rodeos and racehorses.

The flagship wine here is their flavorful, award-winning Cabernet Sauvignon. It is long-lived, with plenty of fruit and spice. Altogether, over a dozen wines are produced, all made in small lots, ready to enjoy and consumer-friendly. The winery also has space to custom-crush wine for other wineries that do not have their own equipment.

There is much to do here, including checking out the rodeo and horseracing memorabilia, playing bocce ball, or just relaxing in the picnic area. Dogs and children are invited to take a walk or mountain bike a bit farther down Millerick Lane to view the abundant wildlife, which includes river otters, muskrats, turtles, blue herons, great egrets, Canada geese, coots and mallards. Dolly the llama and Spongy the sheep are nearby, as are Max, Ruff and Sunny, the winery dogs.

What is now Larson Family Winery was once the Embarcadero, the farthest navigable point up Sonoma Creek from San Francisco Bay. Beginning in 1847, steamboats docked here and turned around for the voyage back to San Francisco. It was the captain of one of these steamboats who built “The Captain’s House,” the Civil War-era farmhouse that still stands today on the winery property and is available for overnight stays. Tom’s great-grandfather, Michael Millerick, bought the house and 101 acres of land in 1899.

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Winery Information

Hours: Open Daily 10 to 5 pm
Tasting Fees: $5 tasting fee
Tours: Informal Tours
Price Range: $16 to $50 per bottle
Established: 1989
Vineyards: 70 acres
Production: 3000 cases
Winery Dog: Sunny, Ruff & Max

Amenities

  • Gift Shop

Ambiances

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

Wine Types

  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Italian
  • Pinot Noir

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The staff and tasting room were very nice, I was on a tour but the rooms we were supposed to go to weren't open, so this room opened early for us. Great reds and whites. We purchased the Petite Syrah, and the Chardonnay. I plan to return with another friend later next month and will join the wine club. Very friendly and knowledgeable about the wines, answered our novice questions well.

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Great place to stop for a relaxed wine tasting. The cowboy memorabilia on the walls is a real shout-out to the local and family history, not just a gimmick. The staff was very friendly to our group of 8 friends (who ranged from total wine novice to a pretty serious wino), all of us felt comfortable here and happy to stay a while. I enjoyed the range of whites (nice spicy Gewurtz), a nice Carneros Pinot Noir, and the excellent everyday "Sonoma Red" (Bordeaux blend) is a good value ($10 for wine club members).

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Chardonnay and Merlot were are favorite wines here. The place is very neat in that you feel like you are miles away from the crowds. Laid back and friendly, we will return when our 2 cases runs out!

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A country setting like this can't be beat. We felt like we were on a farm though we didn't see many animals except for their dogs. The wine and hospitality were wonderful.

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