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About Buena Vista Winery

California's first premium winery established in 1857 by Count Agoston Harazthy.

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Pioneers of the California Wine Industry. Before there were vineyards in every valley north of San Francisco, before Napa and Sonoma were household names, before there was a California wine industry at all, there was Buena Vista. Founded in 1857 by Count Agoston Haraszthy, Buena Vista is Californias oldest premium winery, and its history is as colorful as it is proud. Just outside the town of Sonoma, the original winery is now a California Historic Landmark, and home to our Tasting Room & Visitors Center. Boisset Family Estates-a family with a true love and respect for Buena Vista-is passionately committed to continue the imaginative vision and unrivaled legacy first created by The Count 150 years ago. Please join us in celebrating the rebirth of Buena Vista. Our brilliant history. Our spectacular wines. The extraordinary experience at our breathtaking estate. Buena Vista Winery. Our future is in our history-our rich, colorful and eccentric past.

features Notable Features
  • Architectural Appeal
  • Bocce Ball
  • Corporate Events
  • Family Friendly
  • Food Service
  • Gardens
  • Historic Building
  • Intimate Setting or Venue
  • Picnic Area
  • Special Events
  • Sustainable
tours and tastings Tours & Tastings
  • Barrel Tasting
  • Blending Seminar
  • Cave Tour & Tasting
  • Cellar Tours
  • Complimentary with Purchase
  • Private Tastings
  • Reservations Recommended
  • Reserve Tasting
  • Sensory Experience
  • Wine & Cheese Pairing
  • Wine & Chocolate Pairing
  • Wine Caves
  • Wine Club
  • Winery Futures Program
varietals Varietals Offered
  • Bordeaux Blend
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Chardonnay
  • Dessert Wine
  • Merlot
  • Pinot Gris
  • Pinot Noir
  • Red Table Wine
  • Rosé
  • Sparkling Wine
  • Syrah
  • White Table Wine
  • Zinfandel
Average Score from CellarPass Visitors5 Star Average Rating
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First Impression 4 Star First Impression Rating 4/5
Hospitality 5 Star Hospitality Rating 5/5
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Edward M. Member Since 4/13/2017
HISTORICAL wine tool museum tour and tasting on 4/14/17 11:00 AM

Cool tour. Good wines.

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Darrel V. Member Since 3/19/2017
HISTORICAL wine tool museum tour and tasting on 4/15/17 3:00 PM

The tour was very hard to find. The tour guide was more interested in her boyfriend playing the piano then actually guiding. When we finally got done with the "free" tour and wanted to buy a bottle of wine, she charged us $80+ for the "free" tour and $40 for the wine. Overall the tour was disappointing and the wine was way overpriced.

Overall Score 2 Star Rating 2/5
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Lisa D. Member Since 3/16/2017
Current Release Tasting | Tour Not Included on 4/02/17 11:00 AM

This Winery was quite impressive. There were 5 in our group and each one of us enjoyed it as much as the other. Everyone was very nice, place was clean and organized. Thank you for making our experience one to remember. I had and will continue to tell people about this winery and if they get out to Wine County they have to check out this winery.

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Susan F. Member Since 9/9/2016
Grand Reserve Tasting on 4/08/17 3:00 PM

Fabulous and Don was fantastic. Highly recommend the Grand Reserve tasting!

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Alysha L. Member Since 2/26/2017
'Be The Count' Blending Experience on 3/30/17 1:30 PM

We had a wonderful time tasting wine, learning the history of the winery and how vines grow, amazing rooms that are vintage and the best part which is making our own wine. Our tour guide was funny and had answers to every question we had.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Laura B. Member Since 1/10/2017
'Be The Count' Blending Experience on 3/31/17 10:30 AM

Our wine blending experience was amazing. The tour and stop in the bubble lounge was awesome.

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Mandy M. Member Since 3/18/2017
Barrel Tour & Tasting on 3/25/17 11:00 AM

We had a wonderful Barrel Tour and Tasting with Jim. He was extremely knowledgeable and made it very fun!

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Barbara D. Member Since 2/1/2017
Barrel Tour & Tasting on 3/25/17 2:00 PM

Very crowded. No personal service. Our pourer kept disappearing. We tasted outside because inside was packed. The counter was covered with spilled wine and I think both pourers were tanked. We were really looking forward to this one and it was a real letdown.

Overall Score 1 Star Rating 1/5
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Shannon E. Member Since 1/28/2017
'Be The Count' Blending Experience on 3/24/17 10:30 AM

Spencer was our excellent tour guide through this first class experience blending our own red wine and touring the magnificent winery. The rich history combined with modern elegance of this winery rises far above any other winery we have experienced. Delicious wines with knowledgeable, friendly and fun staff tops off the experience! 5 stars all the way!!

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Amy Y. Member Since 2/18/2017
HISTORICAL wine tool museum tour and tasting on 3/18/17 3:00 PM

Beautiful space. Tour was great--lots of great stories and fun / unique experience with the guide singing us a song with all our names and making it fun and engaging. Only negative is that you watch a video that's 15minutes... A bit long.

Overall Score 4 Star Rating 4/5
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penny s. Member Since 8/15/2014
Barrel Tour & Tasting on 3/19/17 2:00 PM

Outstanding tour, would have like to at least had a glass of bubbly in lounge, but so so good. thanks

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Randy D. Member Since 2/27/2017
'Be The Count' Blending Experience on 3/04/17 10:30 AM

Jim was simply terrific; informative, energetic, and fun

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Hans L. Member Since 2/10/2017
Barrel Tour & Tasting on 3/01/17 2:00 PM

Excellent wines in most beautiful (cool) surroundings. Don was a great guide.

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Joe L. Member Since 2/24/2017
HISTORICAL wine tool museum tour and tasting on 3/02/17 11:00 AM

From the parking lot, our visit started with a walk past the historical cut-outs of founders of Buena Vista that led to the visitors building. The tour began /tasting a few white & red wines, and where grapes were grown, then a visit to the restored caves that house many barrels, a replicated speak-easy and a room that traced the history of wine product ion.

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Evonne F. Member Since 10/22/2015
Barrel Tour & Tasting on 2/11/17 11:00 AM

We were a group of 8 experiencing the winery for our first time. It was fabulous! From the walk up to the buildings, the landscape, the picnic area, the tour guide, the ambiance, the information given and of course the wines themselves! 2 couples even became members...All around very enjoyable experience!

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Alisa G. Member Since 2/3/2017
Barrel Tour & Tasting on 2/17/17 2:00 PM

Our hostess did an excellent job!! She was so knowledgeable and we learned a lot!! We signed up for the Bubbles Club, we loved everything so much!

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Joli T. Member Since 2/2/2015
Current Release Tasting | Tour Not Included on 2/17/17 12:00 PM

We had a reservation at 12, but it was very busy and I had to seek out someone. They placed us upstairs but there was no room at the bar upstairs either. We sat down as instructed and told they would do there best but may be slow. Our person was ok; kind of odd and people skills lacked. Didn't feel like we got any type of personal experience. Been here before but was disappointed in this visit.

Overall Score 3 Star Rating 3/5
First Impression 3 Star Rating 3/5
Hospitality 2 Star Rating 2/5
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Simo L. Member Since 2/5/2017
HISTORICAL wine tool museum tour and tasting on 2/11/17 3:00 PM

If you like kitschy and overpriced - this place is for you! They've done an excellent job taking what could be a beautiful historic property and turning it into something that's just so bizarre and in poor taste, that I'd totally recommend you pay the (exorbitant) price to see it just once and then never ever ever do it again. To top it off, the wine is mediocre at best.

Overall Score 2 Star Rating 2/5
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Hospitality 3 Star Rating 3/5
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Denise W. Member Since 1/20/2017
HISTORICAL wine tool museum tour and tasting on 1/30/17 11:00 AM

It was an amazing sunny day with blue skies. Our host, Vasily, shared great wine, wonderful stories and the time passed much too quickly. The wines were fantastic and it was a day to remember. And, we will definitely enjoy the wines at home and think back on that day.

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Susana C. Member Since 1/8/2017
HISTORICAL wine tool museum tour and tasting on 2/01/17 11:00 AM

It was beautiful. Manicured lawns, great building. Wonderful wines. Nice presentation. But please get rid of the Hungarian Count schtik. We're not 10. So hokey.

Overall Score 3 Star Rating 3/5
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Hospitality 4 Star Rating 4/5
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Peter B. Member Since 2/4/2017
Barrel Tour & Tasting on 2/04/17 11:00 AM

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Matthew E. Member Since 1/14/2017
Barrel Tour & Tasting on 1/27/17 11:00 AM

Top notch winery experience with interesting history. I enjoyed the special areas for the barrel tasting in the champagne cellars. Our tour person, Amber, was outstanding with her knowledge and friendliness. I highly recommend visiting!

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Joshua M. Member Since 1/21/2017
HISTORICAL wine tool museum tour and tasting on 1/27/17 3:00 PM

Unfortunately, the staff here were extremely disorganized and quite rude. We are wine club members at Raymond and were excited to bring our guests to visit Buena Vista for my mom's engagement celebration weekend.. ahead of time it was almost impossible to make a reservation here (called 4 times nobody could help me), and when we arrived they "lost" our reso staff were very rude and unwelcoming.

Overall Score 1 Star Rating 1/5
First Impression 4 Star Rating 4/5
Hospitality 1 Star Rating 1/5
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Michele L. Member Since 1/13/2017
Barrel Tour & Tasting on 1/20/17 2:00 PM

Our group of 16 loved the ambiance and beauty of the old building, and enjoyed the history of Buena Vista. Everyone enjoyed the complimentary champagne that was served before our tour and thoroughly enjoyed all the wine throughout the tour. Our guide, Amber, was excellent and was well educated of the winery. Our favorite room was the white room. We didn't want to leave!

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Joanne K. Member Since 1/11/2017
HISTORICAL wine tool museum tour and tasting on 1/15/17 11:00 AM

Marvelous. Great tour with excellent wine.

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Emilie A. Member Since 1/2/2017
Current Release Tasting | Tour Not Included on 1/02/17 4:00 PM

The athmosphere is nice, but we did not find our "guide" very friendly nor talkative. We needed to ask a lot of questions to get information. Moreover we found the wines to be totally overpriced compared to their taste and quality. Coming from Europe, we found the overall experience to be quite disappointing and overrated.

Overall Score 2 Star Rating 2/5
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Erin D. Member Since 3/25/2016
HISTORICAL wine tool museum tour and tasting on 1/02/17 11:00 AM

Awesome staff and experience

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John D. Member Since 12/28/2016
HISTORICAL wine tool museum tour and tasting on 12/28/16 3:00 PM

Great overall experience

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Hospitality 4 Star Rating 4/5
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Jan M. Member Since 10/27/2016
Grand Reserve Tasting on 12/23/16 3:00 PM

This was one of the most delightful evenings that I have ever had with family and friend. Viseli (sp) was more than a gracious pourer and his knowledge was so impressive to all guests. We will return soon...

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Julie T. Member Since 12/22/2016
Current Release Tasting | Tour Not Included on 12/22/16 4:00 PM

Our host was very friendly and knowledgeable about the wines. He made of point of having us compare two different wines of the same variety. He also managed his time well between our party and the party next to us at the bar, so that no one felt like they were being ignored.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 4 Star Rating 4/5
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Laura V. Member Since 12/9/2016
The Count's Picnic Hamper on 12/10/16 12:00 PM

The property is very cool and the wine is good. Customer service was awful - we had 5 different pourers during our short tasting because people just kept going on break. I purchased a picnic in advance for $100, which included wine tasting for 2 people, 1 full glass of wine each and 2 sandwiches. Definitely not worth the money. Also a billionaire now owns this place, so it's not authentic, bummer!

Overall Score 3 Star Rating 3/5
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Hospitality 1 Star Rating 1/5
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Barry G. Member Since 11/25/2016
Barrel Tour & Tasting on 11/27/16 11:00 AM

Elegant, classy, historic, entertaining and the wines are good

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Heather O. Member Since 7/4/2014
HISTORICAL wine tool museum tour and tasting on 10/07/16 3:00 PM

I was expecting a boring tool museum tour. Boy was I wrong! This was so entertaining with hidden innuendos and jabs that sent my husband and I into stitches! The new owner seems to be quite the life of the party and we were so impressed with the ambience that we became members. We can't wait to come back! And the wine is excellent too!

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Joan F. Member Since 11/12/2016
HISTORICAL wine tool museum tour and tasting on 11/16/16 3:00 PM

This tour absolutely exceeded my expectations. I had thought a historical tool tour would be interesting,but maybe a little underwhelming, and I expected to need to read alot of information to find out about the tools. Oh, no,no,no! With the lighting spotlighting the tools, as the audio, music and slideshow took us around the room to explain the tool history, we were all captivated. Excellent!

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Bob B. Member Since 10/14/2016
HISTORICAL wine tool museum tour and tasting on 11/15/16 1:00 PM

Our experience was wonderful. The Count did an outstanding performance and their wine was well,received!

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Kevin B. Member Since 11/12/2016
Barrel Tour & Tasting on 11/13/16 2:00 PM

Wine barrel tour was great! Tour guide was spot on.

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Lester C. Member Since 10/19/2016
Current Release Tasting | Tour Not Included on 11/12/16 4:00 PM

Disappointing experience. We had confirmed reservations but were turned away at the entrance as there was a wedding about to take place. Reservations should not have been allowed if a private event was happening at the same time.

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Antonella C. Member Since 10/1/2016
Barrel Tour & Tasting on 11/11/16 2:00 PM

This place has a cool picturesque setting but really Lacks in the hospitality department. I made a reservation which did not get me any special treatment. They were not set up for my Group and there was definitely not a warm welcome. We had to switch people at the tasting room so we could at least get service as the first girl told us she had a lot of customers Despite my reservation.

Overall Score 2 Star Rating 2/5
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Angela K. Member Since 11/10/2016
Barrel Tour & Tasting on 11/11/16 2:00 PM

FABULOUS!!!!!!

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Adam M. Member Since 11/3/2016
Current Release Tasting | Tour Not Included on 11/05/16 3:00 PM

Came with my girlfriend during our long weekend in the area. Buena Vista was recommended to us. Very pretty scenery. Wine was great, along with the service during a very busy time.

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Buena Vista Winery
18000 Old Winery Road
Sonoma, CA 95476
Today 4/23 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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