While I have been to San Francisco many times, I never made the journey just a short ride away to the Sonoma vineyards. I NEEDED to change that, so during my most recent trip to San Francisco, I finally visited Sonoma Valley. We tackled three vineyards on one beautiful Saturday thanks to recommendations from locals: Kunde, Scribe and Gundlach Bundschu.
Local Tip: Since we were just visiting for a day trip, we actually took an Uber each way. It was less than $200 round-trip, which was much cheaper than a hired tour.
Our first stop was at Kunde, a family winery that has been in operation for over a century. Set on a beautiful and sprawling 1,850-acre property, Kunde practices sustainable winegrowing with 100% estate produced wine. There are four different tasting offerings, with the mountain top tasting their most famous at $50/person. Situated 1,400 feet above the valley, you enjoy beautiful views of the valley. We did the main tasting room at $15/person and had the most amazing and educational experience.
Our second stop was at Scribe, which had a reputation of being a bit more of a trendy winery. Recently founded in 2007, Scribe’s philosophy is about the relationship between man and nature. Scribe doesn’t have the pomp and circumstance that can be typically found at a vineyard and is about enjoying wine on your own terms in your own way (for $25/person). With outdoor seating and lawns to sprawl out on, Scribe is laid back with some killer views.
California’s oldest continuously family-owned winery, Gundlach Bundschu sits on 320 acres and produces 40,000 cases per year. Because of their unique property layout, Gundlach Bundschu offers tasting and exploration visits or more traditional tasting only events. We did the historic winery tasting room for $20/person, which was built in the 1870s. They even have a bar on premise called Donkey Bar, where you can order wines by the glass or bottle, as well as cheeses and snacks.
All three wineries were completely different with their own vibes. Kunde was the most traditional of the tastings with a truly in-depth knowledge of the varietals. The wine itself was also my favorite.
Scribe was definitely more relaxed and more of a destination to go and drink wine with friends, rather than have a tasting experience.
Gundlach Bundschu was a mix between the two, having a traditional wine tasting experience coupled with a casual outdoor vibe with multiple events and parties occurring throughout the year.
I would highly recommend visiting all three if you are in the Sonoma area!
Have you ever been to Sonoma? What vineyard did you visit?
I’d love to hear from you!
xx Jet Set Steph