Family-friendly wineries

A neat article on wine tasting with kids. We did this with Sasha in Sonoma, and go with her to Ste. Michelle often. It’s usually a lot of fun, and down in Napa they had the Jelly Belly factory as well.  That made for a fun stop.

List from the article:

Kid-friendly Wine Country

Napa Valley Vintners has a list of family-friendly wineries on its Web site (napavintners.com) and Sonoma County Vintners (sonomawine.com) plans to add a similar listing.

NAPA

Copia, 500 First St., Napa; (707) 259-1600, copia.org

Children’s garden, demonstration vineyards, child-appropriate food programs

Clos Pegase, 1060 Dunaweal Lane, Calistoga; (707) 942-4981, clospegase.com

Wine caves, garden and picnic areas

Sterling Vineyards, 1111 Dunaweal Lane, Calistoga; (800) 726-6136, sterlingvineyards.com

Aerial tram ride, and crayons and juice for kids

Tres Sabores, 1620 S. Whitehall Lane, St. Helena; (707) 967-8027, tressabores.com

Wine caves, gardens and picnic areas, farm animals, call ahead – by appointment only

SONOMA

Benziger Family Winery, 1883 London Ranch Road, Glen Ellen; (888) 490-2739, benziger.com

Vineyard tram tour, including cave, playground and peacocks, picnic terrace

Cline Cellars, 24737 Hwy. 121, Sonoma; (707) 940-4000, clinecellars.com

Aviary, train car, fish and turtle-stocked ponds, museum

Francis Ford Coppola Presents Rosso & Bianco, 300 Via Archimedes, Geyersville; (707) 857-1400, rossobianco.com

Coloring and juice, movie memorabilia, cafe open for lunch, plans for a pool and bocce courts in the future

Larson Family Winery, 23355 Millerick Road, Sonoma; (707) 938-3031, larsonfamilywinery.com

Coloring table, juice boxes and snacks, sidewalk chalk, hula hoops, bocce set, farm animals and swing

Quivira Vineyards, 4900 West Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg; (707) 431-8354, quivirawine.com

Coloring books, crayons, scavenger hunt, Popsicles, juice drinks

Viansa, 25200 Arnold Drive Sonoma; (800) 995-4740, viansa.com

Outdoor picnic area, Italian food market and deli

Not your parents’ tasting room / Family-friendly wineries allow moms and dads to enjoy a few sips while kids play

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  1. Back in the day, most of the wineries would serve kids in the the tasting rooms if their parents said it was ok.  I tasted with my dad a few times when I was between 8 and 12.  They were less likely to serve teens, go figure.  Gotta love those Italians.  Don\’t suppose you could get away with that anymore, tho Cali has much less silly liquor laws than WA.

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