A Wine Tasting Itinerary in the Alexander Valley, California
This tour of Alexander Valley wineries focuses more in the center and south of the AVA. Foley Sonoma Winery, HANNA Winery, and Stuhlmuller Vineyards collectively offer some of the most gorgeous wineries and estates in Sonoma County. The final stop on this tour is the Medlock Ames' Historic Healdsburg Tasting Room. Enjoy!
Foley Sonoma Winery
Nestled on a gentle knoll shadowed by the nearby Mayacamas Mountains, the site of Foley Sonoma typifies the peaceful, serene beauty of the Alexander Valley in the world-renowned Sonoma County, just eighty miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge. Previously Stryker Sonoma, the vision and creativity are inspired by the vineyards and countryside surrounding the Estate.
The winemaking philosophy at Foley Sonoma is about pure varietal expression which produces award-winning, balanced wines rich in fruit and deep in character.
Wines Produced: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, Malbec, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Sangiovese, Sémillon, Tannat, Zinfandel
"Tremendous experience. We've been to Sonoma many times wine tasting not knowing Foley Sonoma was out in Alexander Valley. Beautiful place and great service. The wines were exceptional noting that we left with 4 cases of beautiful wines." - PG, Google Review
HANNA Winery was founded in 1985 by Dr. Elias Hanna, a world famous cardiac surgeon, who was eager to find a place in the country to continue the farming heritage of his upbringing. His daughter, Christine Hanna, took over management of the winery in 1991, and guided the winery’s expansion to become an iconic producer of Sauvignon Blanc, as well as handcrafted estate grown Burgundy and Bordeaux varieties.
The HANNA Winery tasting room in the Alexander Valley features incredible views of the estate Red Ranch Vineyard. Visitors will enjoy an extensive range of wines produced by HANNA, from the Bordeaux styles of the Alexander Valley and rugged Mayacamas Mountains, to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from the cool Russian River Valley.
Wines Produced: Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Rosé, Pinot Noir, Red Blend, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon
This winery is amazing! The Alexander Valley property is so breathtaking! My wife and I have been to 199 wineries and Hanna is one our top 3 views and properties! The wines are top notch and the tasting room staff is awesome! -DW, Google Review
Medlock Ames at Historic Healdsburg Tasting Room
Medlock Ames is a family-owned estate vineyard and winery at Bell Mountain Ranch, which lies at the southeast corner of Alexander Valley. Chris Medlock James and Ames Morison started the winery in 1998 with a goal to produce delicious wines in an ethical and sustainable fashion.
Bell Mountain Ranch spans 338 acres with 55 acres of vineyards, 800 olive trees, a market garden and a wildlife corridor extending across the remaining untouched forest. The entire property is farmed organically with no insecticides, chemical fertilizers, or herbicides while the winery is solar-powered.
Members will enjoy the fruits of this labor of love at Medlock Ames' Historic Healdsburg Tasting Room & Speakeasy. The wines glow in a relaxed atmosphere, allowing tasters to savor their dimensions as part of a comparative, seated tasting.
Wines Produced: Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Rosé, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Estate Red
I’m not sure it’s even possible to have a better wine tour than this place offers. Not only the tour but the quality of the wine and the time they took with our small group to go over everything was exceptional. -GM, Google Review
The Stuhlmuller family enjoys a dual reputation as first-class grape growers and as proprietors of a respected, sustainable vineyard-driven winery that they started in the mid-90s. Stuhlmuller Vineyards produces roughly 10,000 cases of Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon annually, with the recent addition of extremely small allotments of estate Zinfandel.
The vineyard’s unique terroir creates Chardonnay fruit with classic Alexander Valley tropical characteristics, food-friendly citrus acidity, and a distinctive mineral touch. The Cabernet Sauvignon offers enticing hints of sage and bay leaf coupled with the region’s signature flavors of rich cherry, black fruit, and cocoa.
Guided by gifted winemaker Leo Hansen, Stuhlmuller Vineyards handcrafts, small-lot wines that embody a rich, expressive charm, and a distinctive sense of place.
Wines Produced: Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Dessert wine
A picturesque winery set amongst the vineyards... the property is truly spectacular. The Zin is excellent, the Cabernet outstanding. We will definitely be back! -BM, Google Review