Ravenswood Winery

Sonoma, CA

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About Ravenswood Winery

On a fall day in 1976, as ravens taunted from tree branches above, Joel Peterson worked doggedly to bring in four tons of grapes before a looming thunderstorm hit.

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The same year America celebrated its bicentennial, Ravenswood’s founding fathers announced their own independence from business as usual, tying their success to the underdog variety that today is considered California’s heritage grape – Zinfandel.

Who knew that three decades later, the plucky winery with the mysteriously mesmerizing label would be one of California’s most respected producers of this gutsy grape, with a cabal of ravenous fans around the world.

Notable Features

  • Architectural Appeal
  • Certified Organic
  • Corporate Events
  • Family Friendly
  • Food Service
  • Gardens
  • Intimate Setting or Venue
  • Pet Friendly
  • Scenic View
  • Sustainable
Varietals Offered

  • Barbera
  • Bordeaux Blend
  • Cabernet Franc
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Carignane
  • Chardonnay
  • Dessert Wine
  • Late Harvest
  • Merlot
  • Mourvedre/Mataro
  • Muscat
  • Petite Sirah
  • Rosé
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Zinfandel
Average Score from CellarPass VisitorsMy Parents
Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 4/5
Carrie D. Member Since 3/7/2019My BFF
Vineyard Tour & Tasting on 3/20/19 10:30 AM

Staff was extremely friendly and knowledgeable. Provided an excellent blend of large scale winery yet family like atmosphere. Would visit again!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 4/5
Ambiance 5/5
Samantha W. Member Since 3/18/2019My Parents
Vineyard Tour & Tasting on 3/24/19 10:30 AM

I reserved a tour for myself and two friends. The property is on top of a hill which was beautiful, as was the tasting room. A couple older gentleman were working and poured us wine while we waited for the other guests on the tour. They poured us the same wine multiple times but not necessarily the best tasting wine. The wines seem bland tasting, nothing special. Tour was boring but educational.

Overall Score 3/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 3/5
Ambiance 2/5
Stephanie T. Member Since 3/8/2019My BFF
Group Tasting on 3/23/19 11:00 AM

Great private tasting. Our host was knowledgeable and friendly.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Jason G. Member Since 12/3/2018My BFF
Vineyard Tour & Tasting on 2/16/19 10:30 AM

Started in the tasting room with a complimentary glass of "breakfast" white wine which was great. Walked through the vineyards on a walking tour while continually being replenished in our glasses along the way. It was cool to tour and get a taste at the same time compared to a traditional tasting room experience. Then we went back to the main facility and saw the barrel room

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Stephanie S. Member Since 1/16/2019My BFF
Vineyard Tour & Tasting on 1/26/19 10:30 AM

Ravenswood Winery & Tasting Room is a fantastic place! The vineyard tour & barrel tasting was a wonderful experience and a great first stop for a California wine country tour. Our vineyard tour was done with Paul - he was expressive, enthusiastic and answered all the questions that were asked. Definitely want a return trip!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Jerry C. Member Since 11/18/2018My BFF
Vineyard Tour & Tasting on 12/05/18 10:30 AM

We did the tasting and tour. It was the most educational of several tours in wine country. Peter was an excellent host and guide. Highly recommend!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Christopher M. Member Since 9/12/2018My BFF
Vineyard Tour & Tasting on 11/24/18 10:30 AM

Really enjoyed our visit. Murray did an exceptional job on the tour. You have a first class operation!

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 4/5
Deborah W. Member Since 9/15/2018My BFF
Vineyard Tour & Tasting on 11/13/18 10:30 AM

We visited during the CampFire, so the smoke limited our opportunity to tour the vineyards. However, the staff was very friendly and refunded our money, the Chardonnay was excellent and tasting room is clean and fun.

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 3/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 3/5
Alexandra S. Member Since 5/2/2018My BFF
Vineyard Tour & Tasting on 11/03/18 10:30 AM

Paul was a great host: knowledgeable, funny, and fun! He let us revisit tastes we liked and was super patient even though he had such a large group!

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 3/5
Jerry C. Member Since 10/15/2018My BFF
Vineyard Tour & Tasting on 11/03/18 10:30 AM

Excellent tour and barrel tasting

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Kevin P. Member Since 9/13/2018Evil Stepmother
Vineyard Tour & Tasting on 10/21/18 10:30 AM

Wonderful tour of the winery with a great tour guide - Murray - lots of fun info and fabulous wine shared !!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Ken T. Member Since 9/20/2014My Frenemy
Vineyard Tour & Tasting on 9/18/18 10:30 AM

An average fee for Tasting Room with a few extra props like equipment leftover from a what-used-to-be-functioning winery. Barrel tasting is anti-climactic. while 4 barrels are seen, only allowed sample from 2, & 1 is at "thief's" limit, thereby limiting the taste. Back at the bar,the Zinfandel Suite is nice, particularly if you like CA not-Port-Port, and worth adding to your collection.

Overall Score 2/5
First Impression 2/5
Hospitality 2/5
Ambiance 2/5
tyler h. Member Since 6/24/2018My Parents
Library Tasting on 9/12/18 1:00 PM

Great selection for library tasting

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 4/5
Martha E. Member Since 8/14/2018My BFF
Vineyard Tour & Tasting on 9/10/18 10:30 AM

We arrived about 30 minutes early, and were greeted personally by the Ravenswood tour guide. As we waited outside on the beautiful terrace, he offered us a couple of tastings. The tour itself was wonderful. Very informative, and beautiful scenery to learn about the various grapes grown there. The barrel tasting was also unique and a special treat. I would absolutely recommend this to anyone

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Lauren M. Member Since 8/19/2018My BFF
Vineyard Tour & Tasting on 9/02/18 10:30 AM

Came for a bachelorette and we all loved Ravenswood for the friendly service, educational tour that took us through the entire wine process, and the tasty wines! The value was great considering all the wines we got to taste and the span of the tour.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Renee M. Member Since 7/13/2018My BFF
Blend Your Own Unwimpy Wine on 8/26/18 11:00 AM

A little slow starting, and so we were slightly late for our next appointment - but they were wonderful. They greeted us with a glass of wine & let us browse their gift shop, once ready we headed over to blend. We had a wonderful time with our host who was very easygoing and who explained everything very well. I would easily return. It was memorable and wonderful! 2 thumbs up to Ravenswood.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Gail S. Member Since 8/9/2016My BFF
Vineyard Tour & Tasting on 7/31/18 10:30 AM

We visit Ravenswood Winery each time we come to Sonoma; however, we had never gone on a tour. When we discovered they provided a Barrel Tasting tour, we eagerly signed up. It was a fun, informative, well worth it experience. We even came back after lunch to sit on the patio with the view of the vineyards and sipped some more wine. Thank you Ravenswood for a fun tour and amazing wine!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Michael P. Member Since 7/23/2018My BFF
Vineyard Tour & Tasting on 8/12/18 10:30 AM

This was a great tour and well worth the time and money. Upon arrival, we were greeted warmly and given a glass of wine to get us started. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and eager to share his knowledge both of Ravenswood and also of the winemaking process in general. We learned quite a lot, walked through the vineyards and tasted several wines along the way, including barrel tasting.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Hakan D. Member Since 8/5/2018My Parents
Vineyard Tour & Tasting on 8/06/18 10:30 AM

It Was a great tour with a great guide. It Was very intresting and we learned allt About winemaking and grapes.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Scott H. Member Since 6/30/2018My BFF
Blend Your Own Unwimpy Wine on 7/15/18 11:00 AM

We were fortunate enough to participate in a blending session. Dave, our host, was truly wonderful to us and we absolutely loved the experience. This was one of the best experiences we have had in our wine travels.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Matt M. Member Since 11/10/2016My BFF
Vineyard Tour & Tasting on 7/15/18 10:30 AM

I absolutely love this place. I love the vibe. We did a vineyard tour. It was extremely informative, casual, and fun. Could not ask for more.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Jason H. Member Since 6/29/2018My BFF
Blend Your Own Unwimpy Wine on 7/01/18 11:00 AM

The blending class at Ravenswood was outstanding! Dave took great care of us, taking the time to explain things, and making sure we were set up for a fun and enjoyable morning learning about and blending different wines. If you are looking for a new experience in wine country - this is it!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Emily B. Member Since 3/13/2018My Parents
Vineyard Tour & Tasting on 6/23/18 10:30 AM

We enjoyed the barrel tasting tour with a group on a Saturday morning. Informative tour with a little walking through the fields and into example barrel rooms. I only wished it was a tour of an operational facility or more focused on the process than the history of Ravenswood itself. Nice wines and a good selection on the tour.

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 4/5
Susan W. Member Since 6/4/2018My BFF
Library Tasting on 6/20/18 1:00 PM

Summed up in one word...phenomenal! The library tasting was more than we expected.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Karla G. Member Since 1/8/2018My Boss
Private Tasting on 5/28/18 12:30 PM

We had the most fantastic Zinfandel tasting with Ben. It was the best experience from our whole trip to California. Informative, friendly, knowledgeable and laid back. Would recommend it to anyone!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Andrea P. Member Since 5/17/2018My BFF
Vineyard Tour & Tasting on 5/21/18 10:30 AM

The tour was pretty quick and didn't include much, which is to be expected as the winery is only 15 acres of planted grapes. However, it was informative in terms of how the wines are made and the process. I do wish there had been more tastings included in the tour-had I know this, I would have just done the tasting, as it seemed to be a better value.

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 4/5
Ambiance 4/5
Steven L. Member Since 4/27/2018My BFF
Private Tasting on 4/29/18 12:30 PM

The private tasting was incredible. Our wine educator was extremely knowledgeable and fun and he shared many anecdotes and facts about the vineyards and wines we were treated to. It was an experience that far exceeded expectations and we plan to return again.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Susan S. Member Since 4/12/2018My BFF
Vineyard Tour & Tasting on 4/19/18 10:30 AM

We loved Mike, he was so easy to listen to, but tasting was delicious and we would highly recommend this as a good experience. Loved being able to taste the wine right from the barrel, easy to find from Sonoma

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 4/5
Richard R. Member Since 3/18/2018My BFF
Vineyard Tour & Tasting on 4/03/18 10:30 AM

Ravenswood is a wonderful place. Before the tour started we were able to sit outside with a sample of wine and look out over the vineyard and appreciate the beautiful setting the winery is in. Ben took us out to the vineyard, explaining the processes and poured tastings as we went. He is very knowledgeable and answered all our questions. The barrel tasting was a highlight.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Jordan W. Member Since 3/8/2018Evil Stepmother
Group Tasting on 3/24/18 1:30 PM

You had the wrong email, hopefully the correct person was able to enjoy the winery.

Overall Score 1/5
First Impression 1/5
Hospitality 1/5
Ambiance 1/5
Janet D. Member Since 2/22/2018My BFF
Vineyard Tour & Tasting on 3/23/18 10:30 AM

My husband and I visited many wine tastings and tours during our stay in Sonoma and Napa Valley. Hands down...Ravenswood was our favorite. The staff is knowledgeable, relaxed and very hospitable. I highly recommend it, and oh...by the way, their wine is delicious!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
KAZUHIDE T. Member Since 3/1/2018My BFF
Vineyard Tour & Tasting on 3/10/18 10:30 AM

Quiet & Kindness very good!!

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 4/5
Tom and Sue H. Member Since 9/14/2013My BFF
Private Tasting on 2/27/18 1:00 PM

We had a wonderful time at Ravenswood. The best Zinfandels we tasted the entire week we were in the area. Our host was very well informed and enhanced our experience. Will definitely be back.

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

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    Ravenswood Winery
    18701 Gehricke Road Sonoma, CA 95476

    Show Hours

    Today 7/23 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    Wednesday 7/24 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    Thursday 7/25 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    Friday 7/26 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    Saturday 7/27 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    Sunday 7/28 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    Monday 7/29 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM

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