Buena Vista Winery

Sonoma, CA

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  • Press House Tasting | Tour Not Included $20.00/ppGROUP SIZE 1 - 16

    Daily

    Enjoy a selection of exclusive wines from the best appellations in Wine Country. Reservations are required for groups of 8 or more. Approximately 1 Hour.

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  • Barrel Tour & Tasting | 11:00 AM  $40.00/ppGROUP SIZE 2 - 12

    Daily

    Taste wine from the barrel in our historic Champagne Cellars, and then enjoy finished wines to witness the wine’s evolution from the barrel to the bottle. Reservations are required 24 hours in advance. Approximately 1 Hour.

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  • Barrel Tour & Tasting | 2:00 PM $40.00/ppGROUP SIZE 2 - 12

    Daily

    Taste wine from the barrel in our historic Champagne Cellars, and then enjoy finished wines to witness the wine’s evolution from the barrel to the bottle. Reservations are required 24 hours in advance. Approximately 1 Hour.

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  • The Count's Picnic $62.50/ppGROUP SIZE 2 - 2

    Daily

    Our picnics are special! Oakville Grocery has been packing picnics for generations of wine-country visitors, or for locals escaping for that perfect staycation. From artisan sandwiches to cheese boards, side salads, and snacks, we are happy to create your perfect picnic and pair it with a glass of wine from our current release tasting. Included in every perfect picnic are two current release tastings, a glass of wine per person and even a cookie or two! Approximately 1 Hour.

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  • The JCB French Picnic $50.00/ppGROUP SIZE 2 - 2

    Daily

    Picnicking at historic Buena Vista has long been a favorite for many guests, and we now offer a Picnic from JCB's gourmet cheese & charcuterie shop in Yountville, Atelier! Your reservation will include a glass of wine per person to enjoy with your lunch, a current release tasting flight for two in our historic Press House, assorted Artisan cheeses, charcuterie, and a bag of sweets. Approximately 1 Hour.

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  • 'Be The Count' Blending Experience $125.00/ppGROUP SIZE 2 - 8

    Daily

    In this 90-minute, once in a century session we will guide you through the art of blending as Count Agoston Haraszthy would have over 100 years ago. Enter our beautiful blending cave to create a personalized bottle of red wine that the count could have only dreamed to blend. Find the perfect palate then bottle, cork, foil and label your bottle. You will design your own label and leave with a newly branded wine tailored to your masterful palate. Approximately 1.5 Hours.

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  • HISTORICAL wine tool museum tour and tasting $25.00/ppGROUP SIZE 1 - 18

    Daily

    High atop the Champagne Cellars at Buena Vista is a unique museum – a collection of historic Viticulture Tools from France. Requiring a special permit from the French government to bring to America, the tools contained within our museum are historic, beautiful, and are arranged in artistic patterns against the ancient stone walls carved from the Mayacamas mountains in 1864. Approximately 1 Hour.

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  • Historical wine tool museum TOUR ONLY - No Wine $10.00/ppGROUP SIZE 1 - 10

    Daily

    High atop the Champagne Cellars at Buena Vista is a unique museum – a collection of historic Viticulture Tools from France. Requiring a special permit from the French government to bring to America, the tools contained within our museum are historic, beautiful, and are arranged in artistic patterns against the ancient stone walls carved from the Mayacamas mountains in 1864. Approximately 30 Minutes.

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Saturday, November 2, 2019 at 11:00 AM

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Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 4:00 AM

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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.

Notable Features

  • Architectural Appeal
  • Bocce Ball
  • Corporate Events
  • Family Friendly
  • Food Service
  • Gardens
  • Historic Building
  • Intimate Setting or Venue
  • Picnic Area
  • Special Events
  • Sustainable
Experiences

  • Bar Tasting
  • Barrel Tasting
  • Blending Seminar
  • Food & Wine
  • General Tasting
  • Large Groups (8 - 20)
  • Private Tasting
  • Reserve Tasting
  • Tour and Tasting
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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Average Score from CellarPass VisitorsMy Parents
Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Diane G. Member Since 9/13/2019My BFF
HISTORICAL wine tool museum tour and tasting on 9/15/19 11:00 AM

We experienced the tour and tasting with a wonderful, enthusiastic host. This place has such a rich history and it is great that the current owner is treating it with such love and respect. I plan to return and bring friends to enjoy the wines and the lovely grounds.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
DAVID J. Member Since 6/9/2019My BFF
HISTORICAL wine tool museum tour and tasting on 9/11/19 11:00 AM

The very best tour we experienced over 4 days in Sonoma/Napa. Such a great combination of setting, architecture, history and pride, just moments from Sonoma Plaza. Our tour guide, Aileen (?) was a history major, and it showed on our Tasting and Museum Tour. She was knowledgeable, humorous and attentive. We had generous pours of several very good wines, buying a Colombard and Zin. Great photo ops.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Marvin V. Member Since 9/7/2019My BFF
Press House Tasting | Tour Not Included on 9/14/19 3:00 PM

From start to finish, it was a wonderful experience. It was either our 4th or 5th visit this year, and as always it did not disappoint.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Janiece C. Member Since 9/27/2016My Parents
Press House Tasting | Tour Not Included on 9/14/19 10:00 AM

The wines here are fabulous and it's a really nice winery with different areas to relax in.

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 4/5
Ron B. Member Since 9/13/2019My BFF
Barrel Tour & Tasting | 2:00 PM on 9/14/19 2:00 PM

We had reservations for the cellar tasting, but missed our tour because of traffic. The staff immediately got us to the bar for a tasting and comped the tasting for both us for my birthday! The staff was incredibly knowledgeable and friendly! Highly recommend Buena Vista Winery!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Lois C. Member Since 7/20/2018My BFF
Barrel Tour & Tasting | 2:00 PM on 9/10/19 2:00 PM

I am a member because of the friendly and knowledgeable staff, awesome wines, fun events, and beautiful landscape. It's a pleasure to pick up my wine orders and occasionally take their fun tours. I especially look forward to seeing Brandon A. every time I go.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Mackenzie Rachel C. Member Since 7/25/2019My BFF
HISTORICAL wine tool museum tour and tasting on 9/10/19 11:00 AM

The tour is really cool and the cabernets are outstanding.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Amanda R. Member Since 9/3/2019My BFF
Barrel Tour & Tasting | 11:00 AM on 9/07/19 11:00 AM

Celebrated my friend's birthday and did the barrel tasting and tour. It was outstanding and not only did they comp her tasting, they treated us like royalty and really made it special! The only thing I'd suggest is more time in the bubble room, but it was closed for a private event that day. Will definitely be back again very soon!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
kent b. Member Since 7/10/2019My BFF
HISTORICAL wine tool museum tour and tasting on 8/09/19 3:00 PM

The tour was very interesting and informative.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Stephen B. Member Since 8/19/2014Evil Stepmother
Press House Tasting | Tour Not Included on 9/01/19 10:00 AM

It's unfortunate when customers go through the process of making a reservation, and ensuring they arrive on time for that reservation only to be rudely greeted with the "we don't have a reservation for you I guess you can go sit in that corner over there, perhaps someone can help you". Eventually they found our reservation (on another piece of paper) after 30 minutes or so.

Overall Score 1/5
First Impression 2/5
Hospitality 1/5
Ambiance 2/5
Gail R. Member Since 8/6/2019My BFF
Press House Tasting | Tour Not Included on 8/20/19 1:00 PM

We had a wonderful experience and thoroughly enjoyed our visit. We learned so much of the history of the winery and the family. Oh, and the wine was awesome!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Jill A. Member Since 6/29/2019My BFF
Press House Tasting | Tour Not Included on 8/28/19 4:00 PM

Don was so nice and informative! Not pushy just very nice.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 4/5
Jared P. Member Since 8/21/2019My Boss
Barrel Tour & Tasting | 2:00 PM on 8/22/19 2:00 PM

We enjoyed Brandon and the piano layer as we toured the facility. It’s beautiful and completely unexpected!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Marie E. Member Since 2/27/2019My BFF
Historical wine tool museum TOUR ONLY - No Wine on 8/01/19 11:00 AM

It was a good tour. Just okay.

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 3/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 4/5
Karen J. Member Since 7/31/2019My BFF
HISTORICAL wine tool museum tour and tasting on 8/06/19 1:00 PM

We enjoyed the tour and the tasting. Our host was knowledgeable and helpful when we were selecting wines for purchase and shipping.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Kwan-ho L. Member Since 8/11/2019My BFF
Barrel Tour & Tasting | 2:00 PM on 8/12/19 2:00 PM

This place is a rock! I brought all my family members at the Barrel & taste tour and this was awesome experience. Guide is so kind and provided very intriguing story on history of the winery. Love to be there with my family and wine was really great. Love to visit again.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Gary Z. Member Since 7/25/2019My Parents
HISTORICAL wine tool museum tour and tasting on 7/26/19 11:00 AM

I visited several Winery tours while visiting the Napa and Sonoma areas and Buena Vista Winery is near the top. The tour was excellent and even my 10 year old daughter enjoyed it! I loved all the different rooms in the Winery (especially the Bubbles Room) and will definitely visit again when in the area. Everything is top notch here.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Randy D. Member Since 8/5/2019My Frenemy
Barrel Tour & Tasting | 2:00 PM on 8/09/19 2:00 PM

Make great wine but need to upgrade the visit experience

Overall Score 1/5
First Impression 3/5
Hospitality 2/5
Ambiance 3/5
Amber G. Member Since 8/6/2019My BFF
HISTORICAL wine tool museum tour and tasting on 8/06/19 11:00 AM

My family and I took a last-minute summer vacation to Napa Valley and did several wine tastings/tours. This one was by far on of my favorites. Extremely interesting history. The wine tool museum was great - even my kids enjoyed it. You get to sip on wine as you do the entire tour, and end with a tasting. I would definitely recommend this experience.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
amy h. Member Since 7/6/2019My BFF
Barrel Tour & Tasting | 11:00 AM on 8/03/19 11:00 AM

The facility is wonderful to spend time at and enjoy the grounds. The staff were all very friendly & helpful & informative. I enjoyed learning about the history of the region and specifically the history of Buena Vista Winery.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Ruben E. Member Since 7/11/2019My BFF
HISTORICAL wine tool museum tour and tasting on 8/03/19 3:00 PM

The experience was amazing and intimate. I love the hospitality of the staff. Alicia was our host and she was amazing and very accommodating to us. My group end up buying at least 10 bottles to bring back home to take advantage of my membership discount. The wines are really good; Our favorite was the sheriff and zinfandel.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Herb and Linda Y. Member Since 7/15/2019My BFF
Press House Tasting | Tour Not Included on 7/22/19 10:00 AM

Happy to be able to order 2 different class of tastings and share them for comparison.

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 4/5
Cindy D. Member Since 7/26/2019My Frenemy
Press House Tasting | Tour Not Included on 7/30/19 1:00 PM

It was good.

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 4/5
Alexis R. Member Since 7/27/2019My BFF
Barrel Tour & Tasting | 2:00 PM on 7/29/19 2:00 PM

The setting is peaceful with wonderful outbursts of eccentricity from the time you start down the walkway, to the fun mazes on the grounds, or the over the top members only rooms. The history is interesting the wine is amazing with something for everyone. Whether you are looking for a tasting tour or a relaxing courtyard to sip with friends Buena Vista offers amazing variety with class and fun.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Jennifer T. Member Since 6/3/2019My BFF
HISTORICAL wine tool museum tour and tasting on 7/28/19 1:00 PM

Great historical tour of California winery.

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 4/5
Ambiance 4/5
Paul H. Member Since 7/9/2019My BFF
Press House Tasting | Tour Not Included on 7/27/19 1:00 PM

The gentleman that poured our tasting for the afternoon was talkative and very freindly. The pours were very generous! Our group would come back again.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Alison L. Member Since 7/19/2019My BFF
Barrel Tour & Tasting | 11:00 AM on 7/27/19 11:00 AM

This was our favorite stop in Northern California. Even out two teenage daughters loved it!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Jill A. Member Since 5/12/2019My BFF
Barrel Tour & Tasting on 7/18/19 2:00 PM

Historic winery. They don’t grow any grapes here but do store barrels in a historic building. Tour is full of history and the view of some pretty cool decorated cave rooms. Not to be missed. Some great reds and cool bottle designs. We loved it so much we joined the case wine club. This also gives us free tastings at 2 other sister vineyards. Not to be missed for the history and the wine!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 4/5
Ambiance 5/5
Alissa P. Member Since 6/11/2019My BFF
'Be The Count' Blending Experience on 7/14/19 1:30 PM

Absolutely loved the “Be the Count” blending experience! Amanda led our session and she did a wonderful job! She was pleasant, knowledgeable, funny, and entertaining. We learned a lot about the count, the winery, and blending! They did an awesome job with the personalized labels as well. Overall, and fantastic experience that I will definitely be recommending to family and friends!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Micaela O. Member Since 7/12/2019My Parents
Press House Tasting | Tour Not Included on 7/13/19 11:00 AM

I am obsessed with this winery and the people that work here! The property is gorgeous and the history is an experience in itself! I will definitely come visit soon! George and Brandon are amazing!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Claude P. Member Since 3/28/2017My BFF
Barrel Tour & Tasting on 7/08/19 11:00 AM

Rebecca did an outstanding job with our tour & tasting. Also, was very accommodating with our wines tastes; I drink only whites and my wife drinks only reds. Rebecca did a great job of detailing the history of the winery as we toured the cellars and rooms as well as explaining how the wine was produced.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Marianne N. Member Since 7/2/2019My Frenemy
Barrel Tour & Tasting | 2:00 PM on 7/06/19 2:00 PM

While our guide was phenomenal, the host that greeted us gave us a terrible first impression. We got there early with another group of 4 people. She asked us questions, but only acknowledged and conversed with the other party despite us standing next to them. As the only two minorities that were there early, we felt very marginalized. Her attitude came off as RACIST.

Overall Score 3/5
First Impression 2/5
Hospitality 1/5
Ambiance 5/5
Robert M. Member Since 6/24/2019My BFF
Barrel Tour & Tasting | 2:00 PM on 6/30/19 2:00 PM

Our guide provided a narrative of the winery history on our tour that only added to the lure of the setting. The wine selection we tasted was high quality.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Cassandra A. Member Since 5/15/2019My BFF
HISTORICAL wine tool museum tour and tasting on 6/28/19 11:00 AM

The museum tour was interesting and informative. The winery is full of history, I loved touring the caverns.

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 4/5
Amy B. Member Since 5/28/2019My BFF
Barrel Tour & Tasting on 6/21/19 2:00 PM

My husband and I greatly enjoyed our trip to Buena Vista. We felt as though the tour was very informative and entertaining, and the staff was incredibly welcoming and helpful. My only complaint is that we had difficulty understanding where to go once we arrived at the winery. We saw the tour listed on the board, but there was no information for where to go.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 4/5
Erin S. Member Since 6/16/2019My BFF
HISTORICAL wine tool museum tour and tasting on 6/17/19 1:00 PM

We had a wonderful time! Our guide was knowledgeable and funny and we were paired with a fun group. The wine was great and the overall experience was just what we were looking for since we only had an afternoon in Sonoma.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Bonnie T. Member Since 4/20/2019My BFF
Press House Tasting | Tour Not Included on 6/19/19 11:00 AM

We were greeted warmly upon entering. The experience was outstanding and we plan to return with a larger group. I am going to bring a few more friends when before our large group event. I'd like to explore the grounds more with them.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Trisha N. Member Since 6/14/2019My BFF
HISTORICAL wine tool museum tour and tasting on 6/18/19 3:00 PM

Buena Vista was highly recommended by a friend and it exceeded my expectations. Brandon’s professionalism, knowledge, expertise, hospitality, warm, and welcoming energy made the experience memorable. He is a great representative for your fine establishment. I will be back!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Beverly K. Member Since 2/21/2019My BFF
HISTORICAL wine tool museum tour and tasting on 5/28/19 3:00 PM

We had an excellent tour of the winery and a great wine tasting experience. I would highly recommend!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Susan D. Member Since 5/7/2019My BFF
Barrel Tour & Tasting on 6/10/19 2:00 PM

We loved everything about Buena Vista Winery, from the beautiful walk from the parking lot to the tasting room, from to the amazing story about the founder, to the wine cave and then of course the delicious wines. It was one of the highlights of our trip to Sonoma. Our guide was so knowledgeable and passionate about the winery that it was contagious and made us want to know more. Just amazing!

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

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