There’s no question we get more frequently, here at Wine Country Moms Blog, than “Where are the family-friendly wineries?” We get it, you don’t want to irritate a small, upscale boutique with your two year old, nor do you want your kid bored out of his or her mind somewhere that isn’t kid-friendly. For that reason, we are sharing our guide to wineries that we at Wine Country Moms Blog feel are the best for families out and about. These locations are rich in space and activity options.
Wine Country Mom’s Guide to Family-Friendly Wineries
If you are seeking a wine tasting experience, we recommend you get a sitter and make a day of it. However, if you are looking for a place to chill for a few hours, perhaps enjoy a picnic, a tour, or a hike, this is your list! Always call the wineries ahead of time to schedule your tasting and make sure they are open to families and have room for you. And, of course, drink responsibly. Many of these recommendations are off of narrow two lane windy roads. (Sorry to be a buzzkill but you know, #momstatus.)
1. Bartholomew Park Winery-Sonoma
Family Friendly Perk: Museum, Picnic and Hiking
This location is absolutely stunning, with gorgeous views from the dog-friendly picnic site. Bartholomew Park Winery is situated in the heart of the 400-acre Bartholomew Memorial Park in Sonoma. A visit to the winery includes a sampling of Bartholomew Park Winery’s premium wines, access to vineyard-view picnic grounds, hiking trails, and a museum chronicling the property’s illustrious history and current grape growing practices.
2. Beringer-St. Helena
Family Friendly Perk: Open Space and Pretty Garden
Large and spacious grounds, gorgeous gardens and even one tour open to the under 21 set, that includes the gorgeous chef garden.
3. Castello Di Amorosa-Calistoga
Family Friendly Perk-The Castle!
Visit their authentically-built, 13th century inspired Tuscan castle and winery in world famous Napa Valley. Explore multiple levels of the castle and enjoy a tasting of our Italian-style wines, found exclusively at the Castello.
4. Chateau Diana-Healdsburg
Family-Friendly Perk: Expansive Grounds, Great Views
Chateau Diana is gorgeous, open, and casual perfect for a Saturday outing with the family. They serve delightful pizzas and wine slushies (though that’s more mom-friendly).
5. Chateau St. Jean-Kenwood
Family Friendly Perk: bocce ball, and a large green lawn to run out abundant energy
We offer wines by the glass or bottle along with a selection of cheese and charcuterie in our Visitor’s Center. You are welcome to picnic in select areas on property and enjoy our Bocce Ball Court.
6. Francis Ford Coppola-Geyserville
Family Friendly Perk: The Pool!
Francis Ford Coppola wanted to create a place for families to come and enjoy all the best things in life together. For years, he had seen children playing around the fountain at Inglenook, pleading with their parents to allow them to jump in. Francis always sympathized with the children, so he thought, Gee, the kids will want to go swimming, so let’s have swimming pools.
7. Cornerstone Sonoma
Family Friendly Perk: Large venue with multiple wineries, restaurants, shopping and the Sunset Gardens!
- Keating Wines
- Meadowcroft Wines
- Poseidon Vineyard and Obsidian Ridge
8. Dutch Henry Winery-Calistoga
Family Friendly Perk: Bocce Ball courts and picnic tables
Our picnic tables and bocce ball courts are available for use by our guests. We are happy to offer both of them for your enjoyment and space may be reserved on a first call basis. We require our guests to experience any of the above Tasting or Cave Tour & Tasting experiences for use of these amenities.
9. Furthermore Winery-Sebostapol
Family Friendly Perk: Bocce Ball
10. Landmark Vineyards at Hop Kiln Estates-Healdsburg
Family Friendly Perk: Picnic, Bocce and Fields for Big Play
The Landmark Vineyards Hop Kiln Estate offers indoor and outdoor tasting experiences, and expansive vineyard views in a historic setting. A delicious array of local cheeses and charcuterie to complement your tasting are made available as a build-your-own picnic option for all guests.
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11. Iron Horse- Forestville
Family-Friendly Perk: Large Open Space to Roam, and Gorgeous Views
Ironhorse sits atop a hill, overlooking valleys in the Russian River. Moms and dads can easily enjoy a tasting, a view, and a giggle or two with their kids in this beautiful setting.
12. Jamieson Ranch Vineyards-American Canyon
Family Friendly Perk: Mini horses!
Each Friday, Saturday and Sunday our JRV mini horse team is onsite bringing enriching lives of all people. This truly one-of-a-kind experience allows interaction with our therapy mini horses while enjoying our tasting room, views and of course our award-winning wines.
13. Kendall Jackson Wine Estate & Vineyards-Santa Rosa
Family Friendly Perk: The Gardens
Stroll through over three and a half acres of sprawling gardens and discover the unique variety of farm-fresh flavors they have to offer.
14. Korbel Champagne Cellars-Guerneville
Family Friendly Perks: The free historical tour, deli and picnic ground
If you’ve never “done” Korbel, it’s time. Take your kids, sign up for the free tour, and enjoy the sweet step back in history and the complimentary tasting. End your time with a picnic under the redwoods!
15. Larson Family Wines-Carneros/Sonoma
Family Friendly Perk: Fantastic back patio with kids toys and covered picnic tables
The spacious back pad has many redwood tables where you can bring your own picnic, as well as bocce court, large lawn with fun games and the best view in Carneros.
16. Madrone Estate Winery-Glen Ellen
Family Friendly Perk: Patio, dog friendly, and even a bocce ball court
Soak in Sonoma on our patio amidst old vines and the historic barrel cellar. Or enjoy a comfortable picnic on the patio or at one of our picnic tables under the olive trees. A creekside bocce court is available by reservation or on a first come first-served basis at no charge while you sip wines by the glass or bottle.
17. Matanzas Creek Winery- Santa Rosa
Family Friendly Perks: bocce, lavender fields, and picnic areas
The unique character and beauty of Matanzas Creek’s winery, vineyards, lavender field and gardens have earned the Estate worldwide recognition as a premier California wine country destination. We invite you to stroll the grounds, play a game of bocce or enjoy our picnic areas. Fee is waived with purchase from your tasting or by signing up to be a member of our wine club.
18. Medlock Ames Winery- Healdsburg
Family Friendly Perks: The Mix of farm, vineyard, and preserved land
This 338-acre property is a true Northern California wildlands where 80% of the land managed for maximum ecological health of the native oak woodlands, grasslands, or chapparal communities. The remaining 20% is in organic agricultural production of grapes, olives, and vegetables.
19. Quivira Vineyards-Healdsburg
Family Friendly Perks: Beautiful Grounds and Large Gardens
Enjoy their fantastic estate tour! From their site: “The Estate Tour offers a comprehensive visit to our vineyards and garden. Get an in-depth perspective on our commitment to sustainable farming plus a flight of estate wines paired with estate-raised charcuterie.”
20. Scribe Winery- Sonoma
Family Friendly Perk: Expansive Grounds
From their site: Scribe Winery in Sonoma, Calif. produces vibrant, terroir-driven wines. The winery–founded in 2007 on a property that pioneered pre-prohibition Sonoma Valley winemaking–is managed by fourth-generation California farmers and brothers, Andrew and Adam Mariani.
21. St. Francis-Kenwood
Family Friendly Perk: They serve kids apple juice during the tasting!
St. Francis has a gorgeous lawn in the shadow of the mountains and tasting can be arranged on the overlooking patio.
22. Truett Hurst- Healdsburg
Family Friendly Perk: Lawn, Chickens, Creek, and adirondacks to name a few
Our home in Dry Creek is a truly vibrant place: changing with the season, Dry Creek is filled with steelhead and salmon in the winter months, while birds, butterflies and beneficial insects visit the twisted old olive trees and habitat gardens through the rest of the seasons. Goats, chickens, sheep and a vineyard ripening with luscious fruit create a space that captures the imagination.
23. V. Sattui- St. Helena
Family Friendly Perk: Deli and picnic grounds
Our Artisan Deli and Marketplace is the place to gather your ultimate Napa Valley picnic to pair with your wines. Or, when weather permits, enjoy our hot foods right off the grill and the wood-fired pizza oven at our Weekend BBQ’s. Then enjoy your new culinary finds on our 2 ½ acres of beautiful picnic grounds.
24. Viansa Sonoma
Family Friendly Perk: Picnic in a casual environment and expansive views
Enjoy wines by the glass and gourmet menu items from our marketplace while enjoying stunning views of Sonoma Valley and our natural wetlands. The kids are able to stretch their legs in this gorgeous setting.
Family Friendly Perk: Wood fired pizza and Gelato
A fantastic summer stop, VJB offers delicious food and treats for kids of every age.