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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
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Wesley D. Member Since 10/2/2017
Barrel Tour & Tasting on 10/07/17 2:00 PM

Beautiful setting. Great wine and tour. We lucked out that a group of 17 didn't show up, so we had only 4 people on our tour.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Gary W. Member Since 7/5/2017
Current Release Tasting | Tour Not Included on 10/05/17 10:00 AM

Although we were the first to arrive Don didn't even muster up a "hello" or "welcome". After 5 minutes we requested a tasting. Stories were told with each pour however there wasn't any enthusiasm; a flat experience. I will not recommend. It was the most unforgettable experience of the 20 wineries we visited. We received the "I could careless attitude" - exactly how this review should be taken

Overall Score 1 Star Rating 1/5
First Impression 2 Star Rating 2/5
Hospitality 1 Star Rating 1/5
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Kyle S. Member Since 9/22/2017
'Be The Count' Blending Experience on 10/02/17 10:30 AM

It was amazing, great experience blending wine and learning about 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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Cynthia K. Member Since 9/2/2017
HISTORICAL wine tool museum tour and tasting on 9/29/17 11:00 AM

My husband and I both really enjoyed the Wine Tool Museum Tour and Tasting at Buena Vista...the "sound and light" show was a little kitschy but a lot of fun and our guide was very friendly and knowledgeable. Beautiful location and the wines aren't bad, either!

Overall Score 4 Star Rating 4/5
First Impression 4 Star Rating 4/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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JK M. Member Since 9/25/2017
Grand Reserve Tasting on 9/30/17 3:00 PM

Love the bubble lounge!

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Donna A. Member Since 8/14/2017
HISTORICAL wine tool museum tour and tasting on 9/30/17 11:00 AM

Hosts were not sure whose tour we were on, but eventually it was worked out. Enjoyed wine tasting before and during the tour. Thought we should end with a tasting. Ending was rather abrupt back in the tasting room with info on signing up as wine club members

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 4 Star Rating 4/5
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Chris M. Member Since 1/12/2013
Current Release Tasting | Tour Not Included on 9/29/17 4:00 PM

great wine, great story, and wonderful service! The winery is gorgeous!

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 4 Star Rating 4/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Alexis G. Member Since 8/6/2017
Barrel Tour & Tasting on 8/25/17 11:00 AM

The tour a barrel tasting was a great experience. Beautiful estate and the history is very cool. HOWEVER, I ordered wine, and they promptly charged me for it, yet it's been over a month and I've received no shipping confirmation; but worse, no one has responded to my emails asking about my order. Very disappointing.

Overall Score 3 Star Rating 3/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Heathet H. Member Since 9/25/2017
Private Reserve Tasting on 9/26/17 10:00 AM

The grounds were very relaxing and lovely. The employee were sweet and friendly. The history and procedures of wine making on the tour very interesting! We really enjoyed the whole thing. One thing I would suggest is a new movie in the museum and adding a few words from the new owner. Thank you!

Overall Score 4 Star Rating 4/5
First Impression 4 Star Rating 4/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
Ambiance 4 Star Rating 4/5
Sandra M. Member Since 9/5/2017
HISTORICAL wine tool museum tour and tasting on 9/17/17 1:00 PM

We've been part of enjoying the wines through the wine club for several years now, but this was the first time my husband was able to join me at the winery and we brought another couple. High marks for scenery and member amenities. The wine tool museum with tasting was interesting and entertaining. Amanda, the guide gets 5 out of 5 marks. We love that BueVis is part of the Boisset portfolio.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Hospitality 4 Star Rating 4/5
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Dana L. Member Since 9/16/2017
HISTORICAL wine tool museum tour and tasting on 9/21/17 1:00 PM

We took a tour and shared in some of your good wine before, during and afterward. A great venue, great history and exceptional wine.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Massimo F. Member Since 9/12/2017
HISTORICAL wine tool museum tour and tasting on 9/21/17 1:00 PM

Beautiful grounds and lovely winery

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
Greg W. Member Since 6/13/2017
Barrel Tour & Tasting on 9/19/17 11:00 AM

First time at BV for my wife and me. Signage doesn't direct visitors well for finding your tour. No welcoming by either person behind the bar (unfriendly). Amanda messed up on details of history, stories, etc. Interior decorations are tacky & cheesy. Felt we were in a horror film. Weird decorations for such a beautiful building with rich history. Barrel tasting more like a haunted walk.

Overall Score 3 Star Rating 3/5
First Impression 2 Star Rating 2/5
Hospitality 1 Star Rating 1/5
Ambiance 4 Star Rating 4/5
Bridgette K. Member Since 9/12/2017
Barrel Tour & Tasting on 9/13/17 11:00 AM

I took this tour 4 years ago and on this most recent trip I was severely let down. The tour was lack luster and practically void of history and facts. I certainly wouldn't do it again.

Overall Score 3 Star Rating 3/5
First Impression 4 Star Rating 4/5
Hospitality 3 Star Rating 3/5
Ambiance 2 Star Rating 2/5
Andrea W. Member Since 9/10/2017
Private Reserve Tasting on 9/11/17 11:00 AM

Very educational, very personable. Delicious wines.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Brian K. Member Since 9/4/2017
Barrel Tour & Tasting on 9/09/17 2:00 PM

It was a bit too kitschy and centered a lot on the history of the Count who started the estate. The tour guide often joked about how it was Hungarian (the Count was Hungarian) Disneyland, but it felt like that at times. I didn't really learn about wine on this tour or the details of the whole process, which was what I had hoped for.

Overall Score 3 Star Rating 3/5
First Impression 2 Star Rating 2/5
Hospitality 3 Star Rating 3/5
Ambiance 1 Star Rating 1/5
Crystal B. Member Since 8/31/2017
Barrel Tour & Tasting on 9/09/17 11:00 AM

Grounds are beautiful however the welcome was not very warm. There was no greeter so we did not know where to go and got directed to other Sommeliers 3 times.

Overall Score 2 Star Rating 2/5
First Impression 4 Star Rating 4/5
Hospitality 1 Star Rating 1/5
Ambiance 4 Star Rating 4/5
Robert M O. Member Since 8/25/2017
The Count's Picnic on 9/08/17 1:00 PM

Our Tour Guide was the best! She gave an knowledgeable and fun tour. She was very helpful with our out lunch and helping us join the "Wine Club."

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Shigeru T. Member Since 8/24/2017
Barrel Tour & Tasting on 9/04/17 2:00 PM

It was amazing winery tour to enjoy the barrel and various kinds of tasting. It might look a bit confusing how to register on site, but everything went well during the tour. The guide was so nice and flexible according to preference of the guests.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 4 Star Rating 4/5
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Mercedes A. K. Member Since 5/29/2015
Historical wine tool museum TOUR ONLY - No Wine on 9/05/17 11:00 AM

In a nutshell, I'd love to work there! What a great combo of preserving history & updating it JCB style! Take the tours, reserve the lounges, drink the bubbly too! The wines are great, not a surprise. But the staff was incredible. Although you are assigned to one main tasting ambassador/guide, everyone one else chimes in and makes you feel like part of the family. Warm, inviting, exhilarating!

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 4 Star Rating 4/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Sarah V. Member Since 7/26/2017
Barrel Tour & Tasting on 9/05/17 11:00 AM

Our experience at Buena Vista Winery was great, we loved it! Our tour guide Branden was amazing. The wine was delicious and the property was beautiful.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Bill F. Member Since 9/1/2017
HISTORICAL wine tool museum tour and tasting on 9/03/17 1:00 PM

Beautiful winery tucked away in the mountains. The winery really does have a "tuscany" feel that makes you forget you are in the US. We did a wine tasting and Juan was our server. He was very knowledgeable and had a great personality. Next, we did the museum tour and Vic was our guide. He was personable and knew a lot about the winery and wine overall. We also had the picnic. It was delicious!

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Janos M. Member Since 9/3/2017
Barrel Tour & Tasting on 9/04/17 11:00 AM

The barrel tour was an amazing experience. Our host was knowledgeable, gracious and completely made the experience. We've been to several winery tours before and my girlfriend told me that this was her favorite. Highly recommend it!

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David S. Member Since 9/2/2017
Barrel Tour & Tasting on 9/03/17 2:00 PM

Lovely experience as always. I recommend BV to everyone!

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Darcy W. Member Since 8/8/2017
HISTORICAL wine tool museum tour and tasting on 9/03/17 3:00 PM

Our visit to Buena Vista Winery was amazing! We had an amazing tour and experience! HIGHLY recommend to all!

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Michele A. Member Since 7/18/2017
HISTORICAL wine tool museum tour and tasting on 8/27/17 3:00 PM

Second time here so we wanted to take our friends. Loved it! Don was a great tour guide.

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Marjorie T. Member Since 8/4/2017
HISTORICAL wine tool museum tour and tasting on 9/01/17 1:00 PM

The only problem was the walk to the winery from the parking lot for us seniors. But you resolved that by giving us a ride back to our car after the tour. We all thoroughly enjoyed the wine and the visit.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 4 Star Rating 4/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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belinda a. Member Since 8/19/2017
Barrel Tour & Tasting on 8/21/17 2:00 PM

Off putting.

Overall Score 1 Star Rating 1/5
First Impression 1 Star Rating 1/5
Hospitality 1 Star Rating 1/5
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Lisa D. Member Since 8/15/2017
HISTORICAL wine tool museum tour and tasting on 8/20/17 11:00 AM

Upon arrival we were immediately greeted by our hostess / guide. She was very pleasant and knowledgeable. We didnt feel rushed. Our tour was relaxing and if course educational. We will definately return with friends.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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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!

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

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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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.

Overall Score 3 Star Rating 3/5
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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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Buena Vista Winery
18000 Old Winery Road
Sonoma, CA 95476
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Tuesday 10/17 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday 10/18 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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