Sebastopol is a city in Sonoma County between Bodega Bay and Santa Rosa with a small-town charm. Once primarily a plum- and apple-growing region, the area is now famous for growing wine grapes and fruit and features beautiful patchworked landscapes of orchards and vineyards and many excellent wineries. Sebastopol is packed with things to see and do.
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1.Patrick Amiot Junk Art
© Patrick Amiot Junk Art
The Patrick Amiot Junk Art is an art gallery dedicated to showcasing the artwork of sculptor Patrick Amiot and painter, Brigitte Laurent. The gallery features a variety of junk art and wall reliefs, which highlight a collaborative effort of ideas and talents from the two artists, while an array of larger-than-life, brightly colored figures by the same artists, such as a giant Holstein cow, can be seen throughout the city. The environmentally-friendly sculptures dotted about the city play an essential role in raising money for local community schools, and a future vision of the artists includes a sculpture garden where the public can wander through and look at art.
Florence Ave, Sebastopol, CA 95472, Phone: 707-824-9388
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© The Barlow
The Barlow is a 12-acre outdoor market in the Bay Area outdoor market district in Sebastopol with a focus on selling local artisan food, wine, beer, spirits, and handcrafted clothing and jewelry. The industrial-chic, dog-friendly campus features beautifully maintained organic edible landscaping and is home to an array of vendors that showcase and sell their wares which include handmade clothing, jewelry, home décor and fresh flowers, homemade food and light fare, and beer, wine, and spirits from local breweries, wineries, and distilleries. Other services include a hair salon, a community market, and a property agency.
770 McKinley St, Sebastopol, CA 95472, Phone: 707-824-5600
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3.Ragle Ranch Regional Park
Ragle Ranch Regional Park is a 157-acre regional park on the west side of Sebastopol that offers a wide variety of outdoor recreation for the whole family. Maintained by the Sonoma County Regional Parks Department, the Ragle Ranch Regional Park boasts a children’s playground, a beautifully maintained peace garden, an off-leash dog park, and plenty of group and individual picnic sites with barbecues. Sports facilities in the park include tennis courts, soccer and softball fields, and sand volleyball courts, and there are several backcountry trails along the Atascadero Creek that offer excellent bird watching. Other activities that can be enjoyed in the park include hiking, biking, and horseback riding, and the annual Gravenstein Apple Fair is held in the Ragle Ranch Regional Park every August.
500 Ragle Rd, Sebastopol, CA 95472
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4.Sebastopol Center for the Arts
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The Sebastopol Center for the Arts is a dynamic community arts organization dedicated to promoting, encouraging and cultivating creativity and inspiration for visitors of all ages. Established in 1988, the Sebastopol Center for the Arts has been a popular destination for artists, and art enthusiasts ever since and present a variety of exhibitions and performances in different genres throughout the year. The center also serves as a platform for artists, writers, filmmakers, and musicians from around the world and offers high-quality arts programming, classes, and workshops for visitors of all ages. The Sebastopol Center for the Arts offers art classes for both adults and youth, as well as ceramics workshops and ceramics sales.
282 S High St, Sebastopol, CA 95472, Phone: 707-829-4797
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5.Joe Rodota Trail at Sonoma County Parks
The Joe Rodota Regional Trail is an 8.5-mile paved, off-road trail that runs parallel to Highway 12 and links Sebastopol with downtown Santa Rosa. The trail is popular with hikers, walkers, cyclists, and runners, and meanders through beautiful sects of rolling farmland, rugged mountains, and the Laguna de Santa Rosa. Beginning near the intersection of Mill Station Road and Highway 116 in Sebastopol and ending at the pedestrian/bicycle bridge intersection between West 3rd Street and Railroad Street in downtown Santa Rosa, the trail has several access points en-route and offers parking at Olive Park on Hazel Street or Orange Street. A toddlers’ play area and outdoor fitness equipment can be found in the Roseland Village shopping center, which is connected to the Joe Rodota Trail via a wooden footbridge.
Sebastopol, CA 95472, Phone: 707-539-8092
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6.Tibetan Gallery and Studio
The Tibetan Gallery and Studio is an artist-owned gallery in Sebastopol that exhibits the works of Tibetan thangka master, Tashi Dhargyal. Both a master thangka painter and craftsman with more than 23 years of experience in painting and sculpture decoration, Tashi was the artist-in-residence at the Ganden Monastery in Dharamsala for four years and has traveled extensively around India restoring and decorating statues. Tashi’s extensive collection of works can be viewed at the gallery, including a massive thangka, known as thanbhochi, which was completed in 2013 and is the first piece of this scale to be painted outside of Tibet.
6770 McKinley St, Sebastopol, CA 95472, Phone: 707-509-3777
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© The Barlow
The Barlow is a hip 12-acre outdoor market in Sebastopol, showcasing some of the best independent and creative food and beverages crafted by Bay Area and Sonoma County restaurants and chefs. The industrial-chic market campus, which debuted to the public in 2012, converts a former apple processing facility into one of the Bay Area's most vibrant gathering spots, set on 12.5 acres of lushly landscaped park space. Guests can dine at high-quality restaurants such as Zazu Kitchen and Farm, the newest project of Next Iron Chef finalist Duskie Estes, or gourmet Mexican street food joint Barrio Fresca Cocina Mexicana. Woodfur Brewing Company and Crooked Goat Brewing offer taprooms on site, with wineries such as Friedman Wines and microdistilleries such as Spirit Works Distillery rounding out craft beverage options. A plethora of boutique retailers and art galleries are also showcased, along with organic grocery stores, juice bars, and a British-style cheesemaker shop.
6770 McKinley St, Sebastopol, CA 95472, Phone: 707- 824-5600
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8.Paul Hobbs Winery
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Paul Hobbs Winery is an estate in the heart of the Russian River Valley that represents exceptional vineyards, appellations and historic sites from around the world. Founded on Paul Hobbs’s adventurous pursuit of innovation and discovery and his pioneering spirit, the winery is renowned for its sustainable farming, minimally invasive winemaking techniques, and meticulous vineyard management. Wines are produced with finesse, complexity, and authenticity and fermented with native yeasts and aged in French oak barrels before being bottled unfiltered. Paul Hobbs Winery offers two tasting experiences by appointment only at the Katherine Lindsay Estate.
3355 Gravenstein Hwy N, Sebastopol, CA 95472, Phone: 707-824-9879
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9.Red Car Winery Tasting Room
© Red Car Winery Tasting Room
Red Car Winery Tasting Room is a boutique winery on the West Sonoma Coast that produces site-specific wines with a focus on tantalizing acidity and vibrant aromas. The hands-on, organic and sustainable winery produces wines from fruit grown on their farms, ranging from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay to Syrah and rose from a network of cold-climate vineyards. Wine-lovers can enjoy a walking vineyard tour of the seven-acre Freestone’s Zephyr Farms Vineyard, which is surrounded by massive redwood trees, cool coastal fog and breathtaking views, followed by a tasting in the comfortable tasting lounge of limited production and cool-climate Sonoma Coast wines paired with artisan cheese and nuts.
8400 Graton Rd, Sebastopol, CA 95472, Phone: 707-829-8500
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10.Luther Burbank's Experiment Farm
© Luther Burbank's Experiment Farm
Luther Burbank's Gold Ridge Experiment Farm stands as the last remaining example of the ‘Gold Ridge District,’ a farm purchased by famed plant breeder Luther Burbank in 1885. Burbank bought his 15-acre farm on Gold Ridge in the late 1880s, and during his career, he introduced over 800 varieties of grains, fruits, vegetables, and flowers to the area of Sebastopol. Today, the Luther Burbank's Gold Ridge Experiment Farm spans just three acres of what was once the original farm and visitors can enjoy self-guided tours -with free trail maps found from the kiosk and barn. Docent-guided tours are available by reservation.
7781 Bodega Ave, Sebastopol, CA 95472, Phone: 707-829-6711
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11.Sebastopol Farmers Market
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The Sebastopol Farmers' Market is a year-round market held every Sunday at the Sebastopol Plaza. The market features an array of vendors selling a wealth of fresh produce, fruit and vegetables, fresh flowers, cheeses, honey, fresh eggs, and artisanal foods. Readymade foods are available for hungry shoppers, like fresh bread and pies, sweet strawberries and cream, and delicious treats and an array of handmade arts and crafts such as jam, jewelry, and gifts are perfect for special occasions. Live music adds a vibrant, welcoming ambiance and there is plenty of parking for visitors.
6908 Weeks Way, Sebastopol, CA 95472, Phone: 707-522-9305
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12.Taft Street Winery
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The Taft Street Winery is a family-owned and operated winery that began its humble beginnings in garage and grew into one of the region’s finest wineries. Following the 1980s ‘garagistes’ tradition from Bordeaux which referred to innovative winemakers who produced exceptional wines in their garages rather than in grand chateaux, Taft Street Winery began producing limited production wines in 1979 from select Sonoma County vineyards and have done so ever since. The Taft Street Winery has a family-and dog-friendly tasting room with a back patio with lovely outdoor seating, a bocce ball court and picnic tables which are available on a first come, first serve basis.
2030 Barlow Ln, Sebastopol, CA 95472, Phone: 707-823-2049
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13.Marimar Estate Vineyards and Winery
© Marimar Estate Vineyards and Winery
Nestled in the rolling hills of western Sonoma County, Marimar Estate Vineyards and Winery is a family-owned and operated working winery that produces a range of award-winning Californian wines. Owned by Marimar Torres, the sister of the President of Bodegas Torres, Marimar Estate Vineyards and Winery boasts several vineyards that produce outstanding Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs. The estate follows traditional Mediterranean viticultural practices, such as using vertical trellis’ for the vines, a close planting density and the use of rootstocks, which are more resistant to the phylloxera disease. Marimar Estate Vineyards and Winery produce a capacity of 15,000 cases per year.
11400 Graton Rd, Sebastopol, CA, Phone: 95472-8901
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© Moondance Cellars
Moondance Cellars is a boutique winery that produces award-winning, limited production wines with grapes sourced from the of the Napa, Sonoma, Russian River, and Dry Creek Valleys. In addition to providing popular mainstream favorites such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, and Zinfandel, the estate also produces small-lot white wines, made from grapes of the Russian River and Dry Creek Valleys, under the Orchard Station Winery label. Located down a quiet country lane, Moondance Cellars is owned by Priscilla and David Cohen and is home to more than just beautiful vineyards – the estate also boasts bouncy dogs, tiny horses, and vintage cars. The small production, by-appointment-only boutique winery features a homey, inviting tasting room where visitors can pull up a stool, sit down and enjoy an afternoon drinking superb wines and swapping stories with the owners.
4901 Blank Rd, Sebastopol CA 95472, Phone: 707-823-0880
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15.Iron Horse Vineyards
© Iron Horse Vineyards
Iron Horse Vineyards is a family-owned and operated independent estate and winery in the heart of the Green Valley that produces award-winning Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wines. Situated just 13 miles from the Pacific Ocean, the estate is surrounded by gentle, rolling hills and is home to 160 acres of vineyards with breathtaking views across Sonoma County to Mount St. Helena. Housed in a cluster of rustic, redwood barn-style buildings, the enchanting, working winery offers a genuine experience of wine country with tours of the estate and tastings of the excellent wines. The outdoor Tasting Room boasts gorgeous views across Sonoma to Mt. St. Helena and provides an elegant setting which to taste acclaimed Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs. Tastings are by appointment and reservations are required.
9786 Ross Station Rd, Sebastopol, CA 95472, Phone: 707-887-1507
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16.Lynmar Estate Winery
© Lynmar Estate Winery
Bordering the western edge of the Laguna de Santa Rosa, the Lynmar Estate Winery is a working wine estate made up of three vineyard sites, namely Adam’s Vineyard, Susanna’s Vineyard, and Quail Hill Vineyard, which is at the heart of Lynmar Estate. Surrounded by 22 miles of marshes, creeks, wetlands and oak woodlands, the winery produces award-winning Chardonnay and Pinot Noir varietals that make up the backbone of the estate’s wine collection using sustainable and environmentally-friendly practices. Hailed as one of the jewels of the Russian River Valley, Lynmar Estate Winery features a state-of-the-art, multilevel, gravity-flow winery where the wines are fermented in French oak barrels in a cool, 9000-square-foot cave. Visitors can enjoy a range of wine tasting and food and wine pairing experiences at the estate, including the Lynmar Wine and Food Pairing Experience and Pinot & Pizza.
3909 Frei Rd, Sebastopol, CA 95472, Phone: 707-829-3374
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17.Dutton Estate Winery
© Dutton Estate Winery
The Dutton Estate Winery is a family-owned and operated winery that has been producing wines in the Green Valley AVA in the Russian River Valley for six generations. Based on what was once a dominant apple-growing region, Dutton Estate Winery produces several varieties of wine from 1,200 acres of premium quality wine grapes, with a focus on Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The winery sustainably produces 17 different clones of Chardonnay and 14 different clones of Pinot Noir, along with Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Zinfandel, Syrah (5 clones), and small quantities of Gewurztraminer and Viognier. Visitors can sample the estate’s fine wines with several tasting and food and wine pairing experiences and enjoy a menu of small plates and creative seasonal cuisine.
8757 Green Valley Rd, Sebastopol, CA 95472, Phone: 707-829-9463
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18.Merry Edwards Winery
© Merry Edwards Winery
Merry Edwards is a Californian winery that is noted for its award-winning Pinot Noir wines that are produced in the Russian River Valley AVA of Sonoma County. Established in 1997 by family and friends, Merry Edwards Winery produces handcrafted and site-specific wines with a particular focus on two regional blends, eight vineyard-designated Pinot Noirs. Other wines produced by the winery include a barrel-fermented Sauvignon Blanc and an occasional late harvest Sauvignon Blanc, as well as a single-vineyard designate Chardonnay with grapes sourced from the venerable Olivet Lane. Merry Edwards’ wines can be bought directly from the winery and in fine dining restaurants throughout the United States.
2959 Gravenstein Hwy N, Sebastopol, CA 95472, Phone: 707-823-7466
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19.Dutton Goldfield Winery
© Dutton Goldfield Winery
The Dutton-Goldfield Winery is a family-owned and operated winery in Russian River Valley that produces acclaimed Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs. Established by two friends, Dan Goldfield, and Steve Dutton, the Dutton-Goldfield Winery features a collection of over 60 non-contiguous sections in Russian River Valley that is made up of 1,300 acres of land, 1,150 of which are planted to grapes. Dutton-Goldfield produces 12,000 cases of wine per year from their eight vineyards, which can be tasted at the winery’s lovely outdoor patio in the summer or indoor lounges with cozy fireplaces in the winter. The dog-friendly winery offers a selection of seated tastings and expertly crafted wine and food pairings.
3100 Gravenstein Hwy N, Sebastopol, CA 95472, Phone: 707-823-3887
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20.Main Stage West
Main Stage West is a theater production company that presents professional live theater in an intimate setting. Founded in 2011 by a group of veteran and emerging performing and visual artists, Main Stage West is under the helm of Artistic Director Elizabeth Craven who spins gold out of an old town storefront turned theater space and had an eye for spotting outstanding talent. Located at 104 North Main Street, the theater provides a space for professional performing artists both to build and showcase theatrical and musical performances, as well as offers a range of educational programs and summer camps for up-and-coming artists and performers.
104 N Main St, Sebastopol, CA 95472, Phone: 707-823-0177
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21.Fog Crest Vineyard
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Perched high on a ridge above the Santa Rosa plain in the Russian River Valley, Fog Crest Vineyard is a family-owned and operated vineyard that produces Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wines. Established in 1998, the estate formally farmed apples and hops before moving across to viticulture due and today produce some of the region’s finest wines. Fog Crest Vineyard has a well-appointed tasting room with beautiful views over the valley where visitors can relax and taste some of the vineyard’s award-winning wines and locally sourced artisanal cheeses or sit down to a gourmet lunch served on the sunny patio.
7606 Occidental Rd, Sebastopol, CA 95472, Phone: 800-931-2906
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22.Spirit Works Distillery
© Spirit Works Distillery
Spirit Works Distillery is a grain-to-glass distillery that produces handcrafted vodka, gin, slow gin, and whiskey. Located in The Barlow in downtown Sebastopol, Spirit Works Distillery is owned by husband and wife team, Timo and Ashby Marshall, who brings a creative combination of traditional British legacy and innovative West Coast style to Sebastopol. The distillery produces a range of spirits, including gin, slow gin and barrel gin, vodka, straight wheat whiskey, and straight rye whiskey from California grown organic Red Winter wheat. Visitors to the Spirit Works Distillery can sample of the facility’s spirits or cocktail flights with guided tastings and learn more about how the all-female distilling team produces the spirits from grain to glass. The Distillery Tasting Room also sells a range of barware, cocktail books, and merchandise.
6790 McKinley St #100, Sebastopol, CA 95472, Phone: 707-634-4793
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© Sturgeons Mill
Sturgeon’s mill is 105-year old steam-powered sawmill and working museum that showcases how a mill works, the milling process and the machines used and how sawmill workers operate the mill. Built in 1913 by Wade Sturgeon, the mill operated until 1923 when it was dismantled and relocated to its present location on Green Hill Road in Sebastopol. The mill operated until 1964 before falling into disrepair, only to be restored to its former glory in the early 1990s to act as a museum for the public to learn more about the milling process. The museum features many of the original structures, hand tools, and equipment from the first mill and trained staff who interact with visitors to help them better understand the history and processes of logging and lumber milling in Western Sonoma County. Other attractions at the mill include historically famous Woodland Gardens with its meandering paths through beautiful landscapes and lovely picnic grounds for relaxing after visiting the museum.
2150 Green Hill Rd, Sebastopol, CA 95472, Phone: 707-829-2479
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© Gypsy Café
The Gypsy Café is a comfortable and relaxed tavern with exposed brick walls and a laid-back ambiance that serves New American fare such as pot roast and sashimi tacos. Exuding a distinct warmth and charm with a focus on made-from-scratch, farm-to-table cuisine, the café serves a menu of creative dishes with international flair. Named after owner Shawn E. Hall’s mother whose cultural roots add a special touch to every dish, the small-town café is best known for its signature dishes such as Gypsy Pot Roast of braised beef in red wine with seared parmesan polenta, Bodega Clam Chowder, pork, chicken and vegetable tostadas, and the popular Mac ‘n Cheese with creamy béchamel, scallions and three types of cheeses.
162 N Main St, Sebastopol, CA 95472
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25.Zazu Kitchen and Farm
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Zazu Kitchen + Farm is a market-driven restaurant that serves New American–Northern Italian cuisine in industrial-chic quarters. Best known for their artisanal ways with pork, the charming eatery serves a simple menu of creative, soul-warming fare with mouthwatering dishes such as golden roasted pork chops with faro and Fagioli beans, chitarra pasta smothered in slow-simmered pork-cheek sugo, and a modern version of the classic pig-in-a-blanket of bacon-wrapped dates drizzled in sweet saba. Chef Duskie Estes and her husband Chef John Stewart offer distinctive farm-to-table dishes with an innovative flair with daily changing menus using locally grown and sourced ingredients from the surrounding region. Don’t miss the Bacon-in-the-Batter Waffle served with house-made bacon toffee and bourbon gelato.
6770 McKinley St #150, Sebastopol, CA 95472, Phone: 707-523-4814
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25 Best Things to Do in Sebastopol, California
- Patrick Amiot Junk Art, Photo: Patrick Amiot Junk Art
- The Barlow, Photo: The Barlow
- Ragle Ranch Regional Park, Photo: Ewan/stock.adobe.com
- Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Photo: Sebastopol Center for the Arts
- Joe Rodota Trail at Sonoma County Parks, Photo: Brocreative/stock.adobe.com
- Tibetan Gallery and Studio, Photo: bbbar/stock.adobe.com
- The Barlow, Photo: The Barlow
- Paul Hobbs Winery, Photo: Bret Robertson/stock.adobe.com
- Red Car Winery Tasting Room, Photo: Red Car Winery Tasting Room
- Luther Burbank's Experiment Farm, Photo: Luther Burbank's Experiment Farm
- Sebastopol Farmers Market, Photo: Moving Moment/stock.adobe.com
- Taft Street Winery, Photo: Taft Street Winery
- Marimar Estate Vineyards and Winery, Photo: Marimar Estate Vineyards and Winery
- Moondance Cellars, Photo: Moondance Cellars
- Iron Horse Vineyards, Photo: Iron Horse Vineyards
- Lynmar Estate Winery, Photo: Lynmar Estate Winery
- Dutton Estate Winery, Photo: Dutton Estate Winery
- Merry Edwards Winery, Photo: Merry Edwards Winery
- Dutton Goldfield Winery, Photo: Dutton Goldfield Winery
- Main Stage West, Photo: danr13/stock.adobe.com
- Fog Crest Vineyard, Photo: Fog Crest Vineyard
- Spirit Works Distillery, Photo: Spirit Works Distillery
- Sturgeons Mill, Photo: Sturgeons Mill
- Gypsy Cafe, Photo: Gypsy Café
- Zazu Kitchen and Farm, Photo: Zazu Kitchen + Farm
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Located two miles north of Sebastopol in the heart of the Russian River Valley, Emeritus Vineyards is a locally owned winery that produces award-winning wines of the most distinctive quality. Established in 1999, the winery crafts outstanding wines from the fertile soil, which give the vintages their unique character, resulting in three estate-grown and bottled Pinot Noirs, including Hallberg Ranch, Pinot Hill, and William Wesley. The winery has an elegant new tasting room that overlooks the distinguished dry-farmed Emeritus Hallberg Ranch vineyard and features wall-to-wall glass doors which open onto a wide terrace with spectacular views. The Emeritus winery and tasting room are open seven days a week, and tasting appointments are suggested.
2500 Gravenstein Hwy N, Sebastopol, CA 95472, Phone: 707-823-9463