Benovia Winery

Santa Rosa, CA

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    Benovia’s estate and vineyard-designate wines are the skillful culmination of balance and site expression in which our veteran winemaker, Mike Sullivan, has captured the essence of place and time. This experience is a privately hosted seated tasting allowing guests to immerse themselves along the winemaker’s path tasting through Estate and vineyard-designate Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from our 72 acres of Estate vineyards from the cool microclimates of the Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast.

    • Duration: 1.25 Hours
      Location: Visitor Center
    • Fee: $30.00 Per Person
      Group Size: 1 - 6 Guests

About Benovia Winery

Benovia Winery is a hidden gem in the heart of the Russian River Valley. Our family owned, small production winery specializes in hand crafted Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Zinfandel, from our estate vineyards.

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Our team is an extension of an extraordinary family; one that eats, drinks, and breathes a lifelong passion for wine. That passion is distinct in every bottle of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Zinfandel we produce from the Russian River Valley, Sonoma Coast and Sonoma Mountain. Our fathers, Benjamin Dewane and Novian Anderson, taught us to be the best at what we do, and always produce something we can be proud of. Nothing else will suffice, period.

Here in the Russian River Valley, we are all part of a close-knit community that finds joy in purpose. We’re at our happiest during harvest, when friends join us on the sorting line and the winery and vineyards are buzzing with activity and camaraderie.

After years of humble, hard work, we believe that we are creating something truly beautiful that draws people together.

For large groups of seven or more please contact the the Benovia Winery Visitor Center at 707-921-1040. We are sorry, we are unable to accommodate outside food or picnicking.

Notable Features

  • Architectural Appeal
  • Boutique Winery
  • Certified Organic
  • Electric Vehicle Charging
  • Family Friendly
  • Family Owned
  • Hand-crafted
  • Intimate Setting or Venue
  • Limited Production
  • Pet Friendly
  • Scenic View
  • Special Events
  • Sustainable
Experiences

  • Seated Tasting
Varietals Offered

  • Chardonnay
  • Grenache
  • Pinot Noir
  • Rosé
  • Sparkling Wine
  • Zinfandel
Average Score from CellarPass VisitorsMy BFF
Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Nick B. Member Since 6/19/2019My BFF
Estate Tasting on 6/28/19 10:30 AM

Everything about the trip was great. The Benovia wine was delicious and the tasting was a far better experience that I have had in the past. The tasting location was a beautiful outdoor environment with a great view. We were not rushed and we had a truly great time.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Ryan H. Member Since 10/6/2018My BFF
Tasting Appointment on 6/22/19 10:00 AM

The grounds are beautiful, the staff was friendly and helpful, and the is unbelievable. We can't wait to go back next time we are in the Sonoma/Healdsburg area.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Jaime H. Member Since 9/24/2016Evil Stepmother
Estate Tasting on 6/12/19 11:30 AM

Pinot Noir heaven! We had a private tasting that was perfect! Monica was a great host and very personable! Benovia will become a must visit moving forward!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Bruce K. Member Since 7/6/2015My BFF
Estate Tasting on 5/03/19 11:00 AM

Benovia is just fantastic. Great Team and amazing wines. Winemaker Mike Sullivan is a very humble genius who, hard to imagine, is getting better every vintage. Simply amazing Chardonnay & Pinot Noir wines, each a treat to enjoy. Special shoutout to James who Hosted us. Knowledgeable, Professional, friendly and so easy to chat with. We always feel like family when we visit Benovia!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Ron M. Member Since 6/2/2017My BFF
Estate Tasting on 5/03/19 3:00 PM

Monica was exceptional in every way. friendly, informative and engaging. One of the best wine tastings we have ever experienced and that was the opinion from all four of us at the tasting.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Myrna O. Member Since 8/11/2015My BFF
Estate Tasting on 4/29/19 3:30 PM

Michael greeted us at the door with a warm smile He and I had previously spoken on the phone when I had called with questions. He always got back to me with the information I required. I knew several of the employees of Benovia and was glad I had a chance to say hello to them. Michael poured delicious Benovia wines (some not normally on the tasting menu and which we purchased). A great time.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
KYU TAE H. Member Since 8/8/2016My BFF
Estate Tasting on 4/28/19 2:00 PM

All the people are very gentle and kindness. Definitely, I want to go back this winery one more time.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
George M. Member Since 3/30/2017My BFF
Estate Tasting on 3/15/19 11:30 AM

Outstanding wines. Knowledgeable staff. Tremdous ambiance in beautiful location

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Carol R. Member Since 2/17/2019My BFF
Estate Tasting on 3/06/19 10:30 AM

What a wonderful ending to a 6-day wine trip through 5 wine appellations. I had a ticket for the library wine and small bites pairing everything was delicious and the view near sunset was spectacular nice seating facing the panoramic views.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Paul & Erin M. Member Since 1/8/2019My BFF
Tasting Appointment on 2/01/19 2:30 PM

We are members of the wine club at Benovia, and visit annually. We first fell in love with the wines, which are stellar. And reasonably priced for the quality. The people are as special as the wines. We've always been treated as if we are owners. Monica was our host, and she is knowledgeable and personable. She poured 6 wines for us, and was very happy to help us "revisit" our favorites.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Shirley W. Member Since 1/7/2014My BFF
Tasting Appointment on 1/25/19 3:00 PM

We had a seated wine tasting with an knowledgeable, enthusiastic host, David Hewitt. The wines were great. We would recommend this tasting to anyone interested in Pinot Noir wine and Chardonnay.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Jason M. Member Since 1/21/2015My Boss
Tasting Appointment on 1/02/19 2:30 PM

Benovia had a good tasting experience but not great. The wines were hit and miss but the view out to the vineyard was great.

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 4/5
Ambiance 5/5
Tom M. Member Since 10/10/2018My BFF
Tasting Appointment on 12/29/18 2:30 PM

A wonderful selection of wines (mostly Pinot Noir, which is my preference) were presented for our tasting at Benovia. Memorable. If you like Russian River Pinot Noirs, you will not want to overlook this place.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Craig & Marti G. Member Since 7/6/2018My BFF
Tasting Appointment on 12/15/18 11:30 AM

A first class wine tasting experience at Benovia with David H. The wines are really well made and David is super knowledge about all the wines. They make a number of single vineyard pinots, chardonnays, a single vineyard zinfandel and a few others. The tasting experience is by appointment and a very private one on one experience. The property is beautiful! Highly recommended!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Jason K. Member Since 11/28/2018My BFF
Tasting Appointment on 11/29/18 1:30 PM

Great experience. Great hospitality and service. Highly recommended.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Linda R. Member Since 11/8/2018My Boss
Tasting Appointment on 11/11/18 3:30 PM

The property itself is beautiful and the Visitor Center tasting room (we were on the lower level) was warm and welcoming. There were four of us in a comfy seating area and there was a tasting going on 10' away at the large table but you'd never know it as the room layout was such that you still felt you were in a private setting. David Hewitt was a gracious and knowledgable host.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Mary-Margaret R. Member Since 10/27/2018My BFF
Tasting Appointment on 11/13/18 3:30 PM

This was a lovely tasting experience with delicious wines

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Catherine K. Member Since 6/29/2017My BFF
Tasting Appointment on 11/01/18 1:00 PM

We had 2 tastings. Hostess was great and knowlegable. Great winery if you like Chardonnays and Pino Noirs.

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 4/5
Ronald M. Member Since 6/2/2017My BFF
Tasting Appointment on 10/30/18 2:00 PM

Beautiful setting

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 4/5
Ambiance 5/5
Brooke A. Member Since 7/10/2018My BFF
Tasting Appointment on 10/27/18 10:30 AM

Benovia offers a gorgeous setting for a wine tasting over looking/surrounded by vineyards. The tasting room is very attractive with a patio outside. Wines are all absolutely delicious and reasonably priced if you want to order any of them.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Jim B. Member Since 9/14/2012My Boss
Tasting Appointment on 10/13/18 2:00 PM

It was great. It was relaxing and the wine was excellent

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 4/5
Caroline R. Member Since 7/18/2018My BFF
Tasting Appointment on 9/14/18 10:30 AM

Please see personal note below.

Overall Score 3/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 3/5
Marc L. Member Since 6/9/2017My BFF
Tasting Appointment on 8/19/18 1:30 PM

Greeted immediately and escorted to our tasting area. Heard a bit about the property and the wines. Nice intro.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Larry W. Member Since 6/9/2013Evil Stepmother
Tasting Appointment on 7/18/18 11:30 AM

Benovia is one of the best producers of Pinot Noir in Sonoma County. Their wines, hospitality and venue are awesome. Highly recommended.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Lou O. Member Since 11/27/2015My BFF
Tasting Appointment on 7/12/18 11:00 AM

I have been taking wine tour clients to Benovia for at least 6 years. Beautiful property, fantastic wines, and a great staff.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Greg J. Member Since 3/1/2018My BFF
Tasting Appointment on 6/17/18 11:00 AM

Outstanding visit. Wonderful wines expertly presented by our host David. We stayed 3 hours, never felt rushed and the remodeled patio overlooking the vineyard is perfect.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Scott L. Member Since 3/2/2017My BFF
Tasting Appointment on 5/17/18 11:30 AM

Very nice experience. Wine was excellent. Staff was friendly and knowledgeable. We enjoyed walking the grounds. Overall wonderful experience.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Patti F. Member Since 1/6/2016My Frenemy
Tasting Appointment on 5/05/18 10:00 AM

The wines we tasted were amazing but we left with a bad impression due to the host.

Overall Score 2/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 2/5
Ambiance 5/5
Judith D. Member Since 7/6/2017My BFF
Tasting Appointment on 5/13/18 10:00 AM

James was a pourer and resource extraordinaire !!! After 5 minutes with him and a few sips of their fabulous wine we knew we had to members !! They are very lucky to have him as his exuberance and knowledge and joy shows! Loved the tasting we will be back!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Ron M. Member Since 6/2/2017My BFF
Tasting Appointment on 5/05/18 3:00 PM

Gail was knowledgeable about all the wines and the history of the winery. One of the better tour directors I have encountered. Mature and gracious.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Cindy J. Member Since 2/14/2013My BFF
Tasting Appointment on 5/05/18 10:30 AM

We had a great experience at Benovia and loved it!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
GARY H. Member Since 4/3/2018My BFF
Tasting Appointment on 5/05/18 11:30 AM

Nice, accommodating lounge type of atmosphere.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Dave T. Member Since 10/17/2017My Boss
Tasting Appointment on 5/03/18 1:30 PM

Great wines and staff. Very nice tasting room.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Kevin P. Member Since 1/20/2015My BFF
Tasting Appointment on 4/30/18 10:00 AM

Was recommended by someone at another winery and did not disappoint.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Bill J. Member Since 2/21/2015My BFF
Tasting Appointment on 4/27/18 1:30 PM

Couldn't have been better. The facility was spotless and classy, yet comfortable. The setting was peaceful, quiet and intimate with beautiful views. The wines were excellent. Our tasting guide was friendly and highly knowledgeable.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Jamie S. Member Since 9/28/2016My Ex
Tasting Appointment on 4/18/18 10:00 AM

Had a lovely time at Benovia! Great views! Great wine! Great hospitality! Strongly recommend...

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Bruno M. Member Since 4/29/2017My Parents
Tasting Appointment on 4/07/18 1:00 PM

Excellent experience

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Barbara H. Member Since 10/21/2016My BFF
Tasting Appointment on 3/25/18 11:30 AM

Lovely visit. Great Host David. Very knowledgeable

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Patrick Y. Member Since 2/15/2016My BFF
Tasting Appointment on 3/24/18 1:00 PM

The property was clean and neat, and the staff were generous and welcoming. I would come again.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Allison J. Member Since 3/15/2018My Parents
Tasting Appointment on 3/16/18 3:30 PM

We had a great experience at Benovia! Dave welcomed my family and I and it really felt like we were in someone's cozy, beautiful home. We enjoyed the delicious wine tastings and the view of the vineyards. Dave went out of his way to suggest great restaurants and chat about the area. We will definitely recommend this winery to family and friends!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5

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