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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
Overall Score 4 Star Overall Rating 4/5
First Impression 4 Star First Impression Rating 4/5
Hospitality 5 Star Hospitality Rating 5/5
Ambiance 5 Star Ambiance Rating 5/5
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
First Impression 3 Star Rating 3/5
Hospitality 3 Star Rating 3/5
Ambiance 1 Star Rating 1/5
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.

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

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Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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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!

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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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
Ambiance 2 Star Rating 2/5
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
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 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.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
Ambiance 5 Star Rating 5/5
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
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 2 Star Rating 2/5
Ambiance 4 Star Rating 4/5
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

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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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
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 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
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
Ambiance 4 Star Rating 4/5
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
First Impression 3 Star Rating 3/5
Hospitality 1 Star Rating 1/5
Ambiance 3 Star Rating 3/5
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

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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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!

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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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.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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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.

Overall Score 1 Star Rating 1/5
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Hospitality 2 Star Rating 2/5
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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
First Impression 2 Star Rating 2/5
Hospitality 1 Star Rating 1/5
Ambiance 4 Star Rating 4/5
Angela K. Member Since 11/10/2016
Barrel Tour & Tasting on 11/11/16 2:00 PM

FABULOUS!!!!!!

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
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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.

Overall Score 4 Star Rating 4/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 4 Star Rating 4/5
Ambiance 5 Star Rating 5/5
Mike D. Member Since 10/18/2016
'Be The Count' Blending Experience on 10/28/16 10:30 AM

Blending experience was a great time - just as advertised. And you walk away with your wine blend and label!

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Matthew L. Member Since 10/31/2016
Barrel Tour & Tasting on 11/01/16 11:00 AM

Our visit to Buena Vista Winery was terrific. Our host was very knowledgeable and attentive. we had a great time and highly recommend visting this winery to our family and friends.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Angi B. Member Since 10/25/2016
HISTORICAL wine tool museum tour and tasting on 10/28/16 11:00 AM

We loved the tour! Our host Vasile was amazing and very educated about the winery and its history and the world of wine.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 4 Star Rating 4/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Francesca B. Member Since 11/6/2015
Historical wine tool museum TOUR ONLY - No Wine on 10/23/16 11:00 AM

Hosted my sister and her husband on referral from a member. We all walked away saying we learned so much about wine and winemaking and enjoyed every minute of it.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Stacey S. Member Since 10/24/2016
Barrel Tour & Tasting on 10/24/16 11:00 AM

We did a barrel tasting with Vasili, he was a great host.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Joy M. Member Since 10/11/2016
HISTORICAL wine tool museum tour and tasting on 10/25/16 11:00 AM

I visited 8 wineries during my visit to Napa Valley and this was my favorite! Alli was a superb guide very knowledgable and knew history of not only the winery but the owner and the business. She is an excellent person to have on your staff.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Tara T. Member Since 10/17/2016
HISTORICAL wine tool museum tour and tasting on 10/20/16 3:00 PM

It was a wonderful tour!

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Elizabeth S. Member Since 10/21/2016
Private Reserve Tasting on 10/22/16 3:00 PM

Love this winery. Great wine, nice people, lovely ambiance. I have friends who are members and I would be too if I lived closer to take advantage of the great amenities. Highly recommend.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Keith O. Member Since 1/6/2012
Grand Reserve Tasting on 10/22/16 1:00 PM

The wine tasting experience at Buena Vista Winery was phenomenal. Our host Brandon did an excellent job providing information about the winery and the excellent wines we were tasting. We always enjoy learning new things about the history of Buena Vista and seeing the new developments thanks to Jean Charles and his vision.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Bill D. Member Since 4/12/2012
Grand Reserve Tasting on 10/21/16 11:00 AM

Visale was our host for the Grand Reserve tasting. He was great. Delivered our after tasting lunches. Very knowledgeable, personable and an excellent ambassador for BV. Definitely will recommend Sonoma visitors put this winery on their schedule.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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David S. Member Since 9/20/2016
HISTORICAL wine tool museum tour and tasting on 9/27/16 11:00 AM

First off, I love the wines and the winery,,, the museum tour we good, interesting, things i had not seen before,,, but it left me wanting a little more, perhaps because my expectation was different.. I was thinking we were getting more of wine cave tour and a more detailed tasting, and a private tasting after the tour......

Overall Score 3 Star Rating 3/5
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Matt R. Member Since 10/13/2016
HISTORICAL wine tool museum tour and tasting on 10/13/16 3:00 PM

We took the historical tour and tasting. Our Guide was knowledgeable and enthusiastic. The multimedia show was truly informative and we enjoyed learning about the history of viniculture in California.

Overall Score 4 Star Rating 4/5
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Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Kathi H. Member Since 9/13/2016
HISTORICAL wine tool museum tour and tasting on 9/17/16 11:00 AM

A beautiful winery. Very well organized tour experience . Enjoyed the wine.

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Jason S. Member Since 8/24/2016
Barrel Tour & Tasting on 9/17/16 2:00 PM

We love this beautiful winery. The architecture is very quaint and the staff are all wonderful and welcoming. The barrel tour is lots of fun. We've done it twice and took extra friends last time:). Great wines of course!

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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SUSAN F. Member Since 8/11/2016
Current Release Tasting | Tour Not Included on 9/14/16 1:00 PM

Beautiful winery!!! Friendly staff. Great place to bring and have lunch!!! Great wine!!! Loved it here!!

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Carol R. Member Since 9/7/2016
The JCB French Hamper on 9/12/16 11:30 AM

The tasting room is fun and fascinating and the counter staff are very helpful, friendly and engaging.

Overall Score 4 Star Rating 4/5
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Buena Vista Winery
18000 Old Winery Road
Sonoma, CA 95476
Today 2/23 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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