About This Winery
Step into a wine cave and sip a rich, inky, ripe Dry Creek Zinfandel with the essence of boysenberries, cracked black pepper, and cherry liqueur with a subtle hint of coffee and chocolate. Bella Vineyards, underground and off the beaten track, is the place for experiencing big, bold, richly textured wines.
Heading up a small twisty road, you arrive at a small wood-sided winery building with picnic tables scattered on a grassy lawn under ancient olive trees. Off to your left under a hillside of vines is the entrance to the tasting caves.
Built in 2003, the caves host not just Bella Vineyards’ barrel cellar, but their tasting room as well. Venture inside and walk down the tunnel toward the tasting counter. On the way, check out the gift center in its own little crypt, where pottery, candles, and wine accessories are for sale.
There are two tasting counters and a space in the back for private tastings and small events.
The specialties here are Zinfandel and Syrah, with a number of single-vineyard wines also produced. They have three vineyards, with two in the Dry Creek area and one in Alexander Valley. The Big River Ranch Zinfandel is their flagship wine and is made from 100+-year-old Alexander Valley vines. Some of their Zins are blended with a bit of Petite Sirah and Carignane for color and complexity. They also produce Cabernet, some late-harvest Zinfandels, and some good red blends.
Bella Vineyards is a fun place to hang out on a sunny day in Sonoma county. The winery offers yard games like corn hole and hula hoops for wine lovers to play with. You can lounge around on the ample lawn on a blanket provided by the winery. If you get too warm, just pop back into the wine cave for a refill and to cool off. This is a place to relax with friends and family. There is no pretentious wine culture at Bella Vineyards!↑ Less
Winery InformationHours: Open daily 11-4:30 pm (no groups over 8 allowed)
Tours available - one-week advance notice required.
Price Range: $24 to $38 per bottle
Vineyards: 100 acres
Production: 6000 cases
Tour Info: Mixing It Up: Barrel Blending
Have ever dreamed of being a winemaker for a day? Join us for a 90-minute tour and tasting on beautiful Lily Hill, featuring a rare barrel tasting and a personal blending experience where you’ll create your own singularly delicious blend.
$55 / person $46.75 / Friends of Bella Members $44 / Inner Circle Members
Unleash the Beast Tour
Unleash the Beast is a magical 60-minute tour that will take you deep into the wine caves, where you will learn the science and art of aging wine. Your tour guide will take you through a sensory station and reveal Bella’s dark secrets as you savor our vineyard designate wines, including a barrel sample, and finishing with our monster zin, affectionately named
$35 per person ($15 for club members).
Unique Amenities: Summer Weekend BBQ’s
- "Green" Technology
- Casual & Relaxed
- Family Run
- Hip & Stylish
- Kid Friendly
- Off the Beaten Path
- Resort Like
- Cabernet Sauvignon