A Wine Tasting Itinerary along Highway 12 in Sonoma County, California
Part of the Sonoma Valley AVA and located north of the town of Sonoma, the wineries along Highway 12 produce a wide range of wines, each with distinctive varietal characteristics. At Deerfield Ranch you’ll taste wines in the center of their 23,000 square foot wine cave. Follow this up with visits to Muscardini Cellars and Mayo Family Winery, each producing a full range of excellent wines from their relaxing Highway 12 tasting rooms.
Deerfield Ranch Winery
Deerfield Ranch Winery in Kenwood, the heart of Sonoma Valley, is an award winning, certified organic producer of 15,000 cases annually. Robert Rex and his team make small lots of handcrafted wine from more than 26 carefully selected vineyards in Sonoma County. The winery is renowned for blends with brilliant colors, rich complex flavors, and a long finish. Deerfield also produces a Clean Wine low in sulfites and histamines. Those who get red wine headaches and have reactions to most wines can usually drink Deerfield wines and happily bring wine back into their lives.
All tastings are conducted in the wine cave, making for for a memorable ambience to enjoy these beautiful Sonoma County wines!
Wines Produced: Merlot, Syrah, Malbec, Meritage, Zinfandel, Rose, Chardonnay
Their wine selections and quality are fantastic, the knowledge of their representatives is considerable, they are very down to earth and friendly, and their caves are very impressive and memorable. -JD, Google Review
Mayo Family Winery
Mayo Family Winery is a small family owned winery located in the heart of the Sonoma Valley. Since the early 1990's they have specialized in making small batches of artisan wines. Mayo now produces over 20 different types of wine a year ranging from Sparkling wines, to flagships like Chardonnay and Zinfandel, and unique varietals such as Gewurztraminer and Grenache. By making so many different types of wine, there is always something you can find that fits your taste at Mayo!
The tasting room is family and dog friendly and the staff is very knowledgeable and welcoming.
Wines Produced: Sparkling Wines, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Dry Rose, Marsanne, Grenache Blanc, Pinot Noir, Grenache, Alicante Bouchet, Zinfandel, Sangiovese, Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petite Sirah, Syrah, Barbera, Merlot, Blends, Zinfandel Port
They have a great little backyard to drink your wine. Shade trees to keep the sun off and the wine is very flavorful. Plenty to choose from and the staff is very friendly and helpful. Make sure to stop by as they have a wine for just about everyone. -B.D., TripAdvisor
The Muscardini family were some of the earliest wine merchants in California, owning the St. Helena Napa Valley Wine Company in the early 1900s. Michael Muscardini brought the family back into the wine business when he planted his first Sangiovese vines in 2000. Trained at UC David and Sonoma State, Michael has mastered his winemaking skills over the last two decades and now produces much more than just Sangiovese. Visitors to the Highway 12 tasting room will enjoy a large outdoor patio to taste through his Sonoma-grown wines, many sourced from the Dry Creek AVA. Expect great hospitality and some excellent Italian varietals on your visit.
Wines Produced: Rosato de Sangiovese, Sangiovese, Zinfandel, Syrah, Tesoro, Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Blends, Vermouth
Our experience today at this winery was amazing. Our server Trent, did an excellent job of pouring and was very very personable. Most of the wines we tasted were red varietals a lot of them Italian varietals which we really enjoyed. -AP, Google Review