Roche Winery

3.5/4

28700 Arnold Drive , Sonoma, CA 95476

(707) 935-7115

About This Winery

Roche Carneros Estate Winery makes over a dozen wines from their estate vineyards, but if you want to sample some you are limited to either buying through the winery, purchasing online or visiting their attractive hilltop tasting room. Set on
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Roche Carneros Estate Winery makes over a dozen wines from their estate vineyards, but if you want to sample some you are limited to either buying through the winery, purchasing online or visiting their attractive hilltop tasting room.

Set on a hill overlooking San Pablo Bay, this family-run winery has the advantage of a great Sonoma Carneros location for growing premium cool-weather grapes, as well as proximity to San Francisco and Marin County. (Look for the Roche named spelled out in giant letters in sculpted rosemary bushes on their hillside.)

The tasting room and winery is a large barn-like structure that was built with the same design elements as the historic barn found on the ranch. Pieces of original art grace the interior walls of the tasting room, along with a long tasting counter, a large fieldstone fireplace, and unique food products and one-of-a-kind gift items. On warm sunny days, enjoy the covered picnic area overlooking the Bay.

Roche Winery produces Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Syrah, and Muscat Canelli. A unique late-harvest Merlot is also worth trying. To conduct your own component tasting, try their French-oak Chardonnay alongside their American oak version to discern the nuances of the different types of oak. The winery also offers daily barrel samplings of their developing wines.

The 2,000-acre ranch shares grape growing and winemaking with cattle ranching. In the spring and summer, horseback riding and horse-drawn wagon tours can be arranged. For special occasions and for unique gifts, ask about their custom labeling program. 

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Winery Information

Hours: Open daily 10 to 5 pm
Tasting Fees: Complimentary tasting, $5 & $10 for premium wines
Tours: Tours by Appointment
Price Range: $10 to $43 per bottle
Established: 1989
Vineyards: 130 acres
Production: 10,000 cases

Amenities

  • Barrel Sampling

Ambiances

  • Casual & Relaxed
  • Family Run
  • Hip & Stylish
  • Kid Friendly
  • Off the Beaten Path
  • Resort Like

Wine Types

  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Pinot Noir
  • Syrah

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I loved being in the tasting room filled with the warmth of the fireplace and the exquisite pieces of artwork that were displayed. I sampled both the Merlot and the Syrah, leaving with two bottles of each, I guess you could say that I enjoyed them. I plan on returning in the Summer next time to enjoy the other activities that they offer, I thought my niece would really like the horseback riding.

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