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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
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George C. Member Since 7/5/2017
'Be The Count' Blending Experience on 8/05/17 1:30 PM

Wonderful experience! Our winemaking instructor was fun to work with!

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Barb G. Member Since 7/10/2017
HISTORICAL wine tool museum tour and tasting on 7/22/17 11:00 AM

My daughter and I recently spent a weekend in Sonoma and Napa visiting the wineries and vineyards in the area. Buena Vista was one of our favorites! It's a beautiful place, the guide for the historical tour and wine tasting was very knowledgeable, and their wines were some of our favorites from our trip! We found this tour through our membership with Cooper's Hawk winery. Total worth it!!!

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Danielle M. Member Since 6/17/2017
Barrel Tour & Tasting on 7/28/17 11:00 AM

The grounds were beautiful and would recommend the cave tour. There is beautiful jewelry available and it was great to see the oldest winery in California. Our only complaint was the lady who gave us our tour wasn't the most pleasant. I'm sure if we had someone else it would have been an ever better experience.

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Karen S. Member Since 7/26/2017
Barrel Tour & Tasting on 7/27/17 2:00 PM

So many great things: the restoration the history the outdoor commons the tasting. The stories! Do not miss the barrel tasting tour.

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Lindsay O. Member Since 7/24/2017
'Be The Count' Blending Experience on 7/27/17 10:30 AM

Buena Vista is breathtaking from the moment you walk in. We were greeted by every employee that we walked by. Spencer was out "Be the Count" guide and we was incredible. He was knowledgeable and fun and made for a great experience. Highly recommend this tour. We ended up coming back on our last day in Somona for one final tasting because we loved everything about this place.

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Paul M. Member Since 6/2/2017
The JCB French Picnic on 7/22/17 11:30 AM

The winery itself and the wines were great, but there is no need to pay for an "experience." We paid $100 for 2 people to eat a little bit of meat, cheese, and bread. Everyone else brought their own picnic items and sat at the same tables as us. I would recommend getting your food at the Sonoma Cheese Factory and just spend your money on wine at Buena Vista, or any other winery for that matter.

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Jennifer G. Member Since 6/9/2017
Private Reserve Tasting on 7/19/17 10:00 AM

The employees were very nice, even showed us around. The wine was good, but a little pricey compared to some other wineries we visited.

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Mackenzie H. Member Since 6/2/2017
HISTORICAL wine tool museum tour and tasting on 7/16/17 3:00 PM

The tour was fun and informative. We were touched that the guide offered us a discount for running the Napa to Sonoma half marathon. Would definitely come back because of that gesture.

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Joni J. Member Since 7/9/2017
Barrel Tour & Tasting on 7/15/17 11:00 AM

When we arrived, it was a little strange that everyone was dressed up in attire from the 1800's. Turns out it was an annual festival to celebrate the winery's heritage. We did the barrel tasting and our guide was Jim. Jim was fabulous-- knew a lot about wine and how to analyze and taste it. We enjoyed ourselves and enjoyed the wine so much we joined our very first wine club ever.

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Danielle S. Member Since 7/7/2017
HISTORICAL wine tool museum tour and tasting on 7/11/17 3:00 PM

Staff was knowledgable and very friendly. Beautiful garden and historic buildings - the perfect setting for a winery,

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Alex P. Member Since 5/30/2017
Barrel Tour & Tasting on 7/06/17 2:00 PM

Winery was beautiful. Tour guide and wine were great. Nothing about the experience seemed pretentious. Very enjoyable experience.

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Nopawan T. Member Since 6/6/2017
HISTORICAL wine tool museum tour and tasting on 7/01/17 11:00 AM

We had the most wonderful tour experience. We were a group of 27 that had the wine tool museum tour on Saturday, July 1st at 11:00. Both of our tour guides were wonderful. Everybody had such a great time. What a great way to start off our wine tour with Buena Vista. Hats off the wonderful tour guides.

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Shaena S. Member Since 12/21/2015
Barrel Tour & Tasting on 7/01/17 11:00 AM

We had an absolute blast. The woman we checked in with, Amanda, wasn't the friendliest, but everyone else, including our tour guide, Juan, was amazing! The barrel tour was better than expected. Our out of town friends were thrilled to have spent the day here.

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Joe B. Member Since 6/30/2017
Grand Reserve Tasting on 7/01/17 3:00 PM

Awesome overall experience Exceeded our highest expectstions Absolutely loved every minute

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Halie A. Member Since 6/16/2017
Barrel Tour & Tasting on 6/17/17 11:00 AM

We had a wonderful time on our Barrel Tour and Tasting. Don was our tour guide, and he was a perfect fit for our group. The winery is absolutely beautiful, and has such an interesting history. We all ended up joining the Count's Wine Club at the end of the tour, because we loved the wines and the facility so much. I can't wait to come back and check out one of the other tours!

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Cres F. Member Since 5/23/2017
Barrel Tour & Tasting on 6/16/17 11:00 AM

Had not been back in 45 years. Total upgrade but some of original ambiance still present. Enjoyed the tour. Happy you have repaired the damage.

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Kim J. Member Since 6/13/2017
HISTORICAL wine tool museum tour and tasting on 6/17/17 11:00 AM

Great experience! From our host, to the winery tools museum/media show and just the general beauty of the place. Our group of 10 all agreed that it was our best winery of the day!!!

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Karen F. Member Since 4/27/2017
HISTORICAL wine tool museum tour and tasting on 5/20/17 11:00 AM

It was an over the TOP perfect Day. We came as a group of Family Women to Celebrate one of the younger ones upcoming Wedding. What an amazing Tour Guide, (Don). It was delicious, beautiful, emotional and all around perfect day. Thank -you!

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Darlene D. Member Since 1/29/2017
HISTORICAL wine tool museum tour and tasting on 6/05/17 11:00 AM

Really enjoyed our guide, Spencer! Loved the historic cellar and tasting building. Beautiful cobblestones and fountain and everything. Great wines.

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Amy V. Member Since 4/3/2017
HISTORICAL wine tool museum tour and tasting on 6/03/17 11:00 AM

Our group of four had a wonderful time on our tour with Spencer through the tour. He was very informative and had plenty of jokes on hand to keep things lighthearted. Plus he even gave us a mini concert at the piano in the back of the caves. Certainly one of the standout experiences of our time in both Sanoma and Napa Valley.

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Bianca S. Member Since 6/2/2017
Barrel Tour & Tasting on 6/04/17 11:00 AM

The grounds are AMAZING. The tour was unique and the perfect length. Your wine is fantastic.

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Joanne P. Member Since 2/19/2017
Barrel Tour & Tasting on 5/18/17 2:00 PM

The wines were very nice. The tour was ok. Lots of stories about the history of the winery told with inside stories of the family. There was not enough information about the grapes, farming, production and wines.

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Barbara L. Member Since 3/11/2017
HISTORICAL wine tool museum tour and tasting on 5/17/17 11:00 AM

We were a small group lucky enough to take a tour and tasting at Buena Vista. The Count was personable, entertaining, and extremely knowledgeable as he shared the history of Buena Vista and answered every question that we had. He was fantastic. The wine was fabulous (best on our trip). While we know this may be an everyday occurrence for the staff, they made us feel like we were very special!

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Christopher M. Member Since 5/16/2017
The JCB French Hamper on 5/24/17 2:30 PM

I had an amazing time at Buena Vista. The staff were super knowledgeable and friendly. Brandon was our tasting guide and really looked after us.

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Jill C. Member Since 5/24/2017
Barrel Tour & Tasting on 5/25/17 11:00 AM

Great hospitality. Tour was historic and brought back the history of wine in Sonoma. . Wine great we joined the wine club.

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Michael O. Member Since 2/7/2017
'Be The Count' Blending Experience on 5/26/17 10:30 AM

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Deirdre G. Member Since 3/23/2017
HISTORICAL wine tool museum tour and tasting on 5/16/17 1:00 PM

I knew our day at Buena Vista was going to be great, but I was completely blown away by every single one of your staff members that we encountered. We did the "Blending Experience", the Wine Tool Museum Tour, and then had a Picnic lunch on your beautiful grounds, and everyone just went above and beyond. We truly felt privileged. Buena Vista completely exceeded our expectations!! Thank you!!!

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Alexandra W. Member Since 2/8/2017
Barrel Tour & Tasting on 5/05/17 11:00 AM

Perfect first stop to a day of winery tours. The cave tour was a nice mix of history, education and of course tasting wine. Fun, quirky and beautiful.

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Travis I. Member Since 4/22/2017
HISTORICAL wine tool museum tour and tasting on 4/22/17 1:00 PM

My gf and I went on the museum tour with Don. The tour was awesome and Don made it a very fun and memorable experience for both of us. At $25 per person, it is a great deal. Highly recommended.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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Buena Vista Winery
18000 Old Winery Road
Sonoma, CA 95476
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