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About Paradise Ridge Winery

Paradise Ridge Winery was voted the #1 Tasting Room in California by the USA Today in 2016. North Bay Business Magazine named us the best Pinot Noir Producer in the North Bay. The Press Democrat named us best tasting room in Sonoma County 2015 & 2016.

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In 1961 Walter Byck married Marijke Hoenselaars in Holland. Little did the newlyweds know that together they would discover and build a wine estate in the heart of the world’s finest grape growing region, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County…

Our parents Walter and Marijke moved to Santa Rosa in 1965, with two of the five children already in tow. They soon realized they had found a haven on which to raise their growing family. In 1978, after more than a year of searching for a family property, Walter came home and said, “Marijke, children, I have seen Paradise!” Thereafter, the 156 acres of land overlooking the Russian River Valley in Sonoma County, California became known as Paradise Ranch.

A deep love of wine combined with an appreciation for the incredible region they now called home, inspired our parents to cultivate vineyards. In the first year, Sauvignon Blanc was planted followed by Chardonnay. Recognizing the quality of these estate vineyards, the family was encouraged to start their own winery. After five years of planning, the dream of Paradise Ridge became a reality. Opened in May of 1994, Paradise Ridge is a haven where guests bring their friends, savor vineyard-designated wines, and take in magnificent wine country views.

Our unique California-style tasting room was designed to complement the beauty of the surrounding nature. Visitors are welcomed by a European styled courtyard and expansive verandas. Guests enjoy breathtaking views of the vineyards, the Russian River Valley, and the two-story High LOVE sculpture from the distinctive indoor-outdoor tasting bar. The serene atmosphere is also the ideal setting to hold celebrations, and for joyful brides and grooms to exchange wedding vows. During summer months, visitors enjoy ‘Pizza in Paradise’ with hand made Pizza using local ingredients fired in our outdoor pizza oven, to pair perfectly with Paradise Ridge wines.

features Notable Features
  • Architectural Appeal
  • Art on Display
  • Boutique Winery
  • Corporate Events
  • Family Friendly
  • Family Owned
  • Limited Production
  • Picnic Area
  • Scenic View
  • Special Events
  • Sustainable
  • Weddings
tours and tastings Tours & Tastings
  • Barrel Tasting
  • Food & Wine Pairing
  • Private Tastings
  • Public Tasting Room
  • Reservations Recommended
  • Reserve Tasting
  • Sensory Experience
  • Wine & Cheese Pairing
  • Wine & Chocolate Pairing
  • Wine Club
  • Wine Tasting
  • Winery Futures Program
varietals Varietals Offered
  • Cabernet Franc
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Champagne
  • Chardonnay
  • Dessert Wine
  • Fume Blanc
  • Late Harvest
  • Merlot
  • Petite Sirah
  • Petit Verdot
  • Pinot Noir
  • Rosé
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Sparkling Wine
  • Zinfandel
Average Score from CellarPass Visitors5 Star Average Rating
Overall Score 4 Star Overall Rating 4/5
First Impression 5 Star First Impression Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Hospitality Rating 5/5
Ambiance 5 Star Ambiance Rating 5/5
Cindy N. Member Since 9/6/2017
Russian River - Picnic on the Terrace - Wine Club on 9/30/17 1:00 PM

Great venue, beautiful view, fantastic wines, friendly staff. Hopefully you don't get kicked out early for an upcoming event like we did. It cut our time short by 45 minutes. My family didn't mind but I did this was my special event for them and I was upset.

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
Tahnee B. Member Since 9/6/2017
Russian River Estate Artisan Wine & Cheese Pairing on 9/30/17 12:00 PM

My husband and I very much enjoyed our time at Parasise Ridge. We will definitely be back. It will always be a place to remember my husband asked me to marry him agin while we there :)

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
Irene H. Member Since 8/20/2017
Russian River Estate Artisan Wine & Cheese Pairing on 9/19/17 2:00 PM

The view is beautiful but the wines are average at best.

Overall Score 3 Star Rating 3/5
First Impression 4 Star Rating 4/5
Hospitality 4 Star Rating 4/5
Ambiance 3 Star Rating 3/5
Gillian P. Member Since 6/27/2017
Russian River Estate Artisan Wine & Cheese Pairing on 8/09/17 2:00 PM

Amazing. We love wine, cheese and scenery. All three at the same time is just heaven! The staff were so lovely that we would have liked to have had a drink with them! Our only complaint is that we had to leave. I couldn't recommend this place enough to anyone who is in California

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
June N. Member Since 7/12/2017
Russian River Estate - Group Tasting 6-8 people on 7/27/17 3:00 PM

It was wonderful. The view, the sculptures and wonderful wines!

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
Jennifer G. Member Since 6/9/2017
Russian River Estate - Reserved Tasting on 7/20/17 11:00 AM

We had a reserve tasting. We enjoyed the wine so much that we joined their wine club. The property is beautiful and there are several places to take wonderful pictures. We were a little surprised that our snack plate had almonds and apricots and that was it. Knowing a little more about the tastings there I think we would have chosen the regular tasting as the reserve is a little pricey.

Overall Score 4 Star Rating 4/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
Ambiance 5 Star Rating 5/5
Amanda M. Member Since 4/10/2017
Artisan Wine & Cheese Pairing on 4/14/17 11:00 AM

Friendly staff, beautiful views, great pairing.

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
Rene B. Member Since 2/8/2017
Artisan Wine & Cheese Pairing on 2/10/17 12:00 PM

The winery is beautiful and they wines and hospitality were great. The cheese's were carefully selected from the local area and the pairing was perfect. LOVE the sculpture garden.

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

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4545 Thomas Lake Harris Drive
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
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