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Buena Vista Winery

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Address: 18000 Old Winery Rd, Sonoma, CA 95476-4840
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+1 800-926-1266
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
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A recommended wine-tasting venue in Sonoma Valley.

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The Count was a gracious host to my family, which included my two little boys. The wines were surprisingly good, shaking me out of my snooty preference for old world wines. I... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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Ontario
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The Count was a gracious host to my family, which included my two little boys. The wines were surprisingly good, shaking me out of my snooty preference for old world wines. I have already recommended this winery to friends who live nearby.

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited here as part of a winery tour put on by a local company. The history of the winery is fascinating and the grounds have been restored beautifully. However, I was surprised the current owner has cheaped the grounds with cut-outs in the gardens walking up and most disturbingly, mannequins in the "wine tool room". The addition of colored... More 

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Clearwater, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

Had awesome experience on 01/14/2017 doing a tour of Buena Vista Winery with the "The Count". The Count is winery "historian" who acts the role of Agoston Haraszthy, the founder, and dresses in period costume. He is a delightful storyteller, wine pourer and host. Our tour lasted almost two hours taking in the winery, the museum, the caves, and Bubbles... More 

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Sophie T, Guest Relations Manager at Buena Vista Winery, responded to this review

Dear thekegler, Thank you for your visit to Buena Vista! I am glad you got the full experience with our Count! I will be sure to pass along your kind words. We look forward to seeing you again on your next visit to Sonoma! Cheers, Sophie T More 

Saint Charles, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

The grounds were absolutely stunning. The wine tasting itself ... meh. I didn't love any of the wines - it was the only tasting where I didn't purchase a thing - and the staff were fairly inattentive and pretentious.

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Sophie T, Guest Relations Manager at Buena Vista Winery, responded to this review

Dear Jacquie, Thank you for your visit! I am glad you enjoyed your visit to our historic tasting room and grounds. I apologize our wines weren't to your liking, we do release new wines to our tasting menu seasonally, so we'd love to have you back for another tasting! We hope to see you again in the future. Cheers, Sophie... More 

Tallinn, Estonia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

Beautiful landscape, nicely renovated old buildings, smart winetasting concept wrapped into an intriguing story of Agoston Haraszty, the Hungarian who brought the wine making business to California before there was wine culture there, in the 19th century. You can chose various levels of sophistication in wine tasting options; we had the basic one along the bar, for $20 you could... More 

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Sophie T, Guest Relations Manager at Buena Vista Winery, responded to this review

Dear Asvanyka, Thank you for your recent visit! I am glad you enjoyed our historic tasting room and rich history, as well as try some of our winery exclusive wines. We hope you will visit us again, perhaps in the warmer months to enjoy our patio! Cheers, Sophie T More 

Clayton, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2016 via mobile

The wines are heavenly. We've been coming to Sonoma Valley wine tasting for years. This time we splurged and visited three wineries, Buena Vista being the last of the day. What a treat! The wines were all awesome; our host warm and generous (in spite of our lingering a little too long around closing time). I had to join the... More 

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Sophie T, Guest Relations Manager at Buena Vista Winery, responded to this review

Dear Steve, Thank you for your visit to Buena Vista and welcome again to the wine club! We are glad you made the decision for one more stop! We hope to see you again on your next visit to Sonoma! Cheers, Sophie T More 

Lee's Summit
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

We are members of the Buena Vista Winery wine club. We had the grand reserve tasting. Vasili was our host for the event. He was very knowledgeable of the Buena Vista wine collection. He allowed us to stray off the listed wines as we saw an additional wine we wanted to taste. We were allowed to taste some library wines.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

We had an amazing time at this winery. If you get the chance, take the tour...it is well worth the time and you get to visit the grounds as well as participate in a barrel tasting. Jim was our guide and made it a real special experience. The wines were excellent...my favorite being the Reserve Pinto Noire. My wife and... More 

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Marlboro, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

Buena Vista Winery is the oldest winery in California. The exquisite tasting room, well-decorated to evoke the Wild West, is the centerpiece of nice grounds. Wine tasting was not exceptional, but pleasant all around.

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Castle Rock, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016 via mobile

Loved our visit to Buena Vista winery- felt like I was in Eastern Europe on the grounds and buildings- wonderful tasting flight and super knowledgeable staff. We worked with Ali, so nice and learned so much. Highly recommended and so glad we were able to visit the oldest winery in California. Thanks again!!!!

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