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About Hanzell Vineyards

Hanzell Vineyards, located in the hills above Sonoma Valley, is a private estate winery and vineyard founded in 1957 by Ambassador J.D. Zellerbach.

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Founded in 1953 by Ambassador J.D. Zellerbach, Hanzell Vineyards is located on the steep southern slopes of the Mayacamas Range high above the town square in Sonoma. Hanzell Vineyards is iconic in its designation as a producer of age-worthy Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in the Grand Cru tradition. The de Brye family continues to honor this heritage and tradition in absolute commitment to quality, innovation in winemaking and grape growing, and respect for the singular expression of this distinctive terroir. We offer two distinct experiences for your visit to Hanzell. In addition to the Heritage Winery Tour and Private Estate Tour, you may contact us at the winery to inquire about booking groups over 6 people at 707-996-3860.

features Notable Features
  • Boutique Winery
  • Family Owned
  • Historic Building
  • Intimate Setting or Venue
  • Limited Production
  • Scenic View
  • Sustainable
tours and tastings Tours & Tastings
  • By Appointment Only
  • Cave Tour & Tasting
  • Private Tastings
  • Reservation Required
  • Vineyard Tours
  • Wine Caves
  • Wine Club
  • Wine Tasting
varietals Varietals Offered
  • Chardonnay
  • Pinot Noir
Average Score from CellarPass Visitors6 Star Average Rating
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Hans & Lynda D. Member Since 2/22/2017
Private Estate Tour & Tasting on 3/16/17 12:30 PM

Hanzell guide gave a very interesting tour of the actual vineyards (by Range Rover), cave and bottling area. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and held our attention! We only tasted 1 wine upon arrival and 3 in the tasting room. This was a bit of a disappointment. It also would have been nice if they offered a small cheese tray with crackers to add to the ambiance.

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Charles A. Member Since 1/7/2014
Private Estate Tour & Tasting on 3/12/17 1:30 PM

Very beautiful winery with great views and is very interesting from a historical perspective. On the minus side the fees are too expensive for amounts to a short tour and tasting of 3 wines (none of which are winery only).

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John M. Member Since 3/1/2017
Private Estate Tour & Tasting on 3/04/17 2:30 PM

Loves the location. Everyone was very open and nice. the wine, well you know it rocks so why say anything about that?

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Mark J. Member Since 2/24/2017
Heritage Winery Tour & Tasting on 2/27/17 10:00 AM

Drinking, I mean wine tasting in the hills of hanzell

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Brennan G. Member Since 2/22/2017
Private Estate Tour & Tasting on 2/26/17 3:30 PM

Hanzell has been a place I have wanted to visit for quite some time. My enthusiasm was already high for the visit but Whitney was incredibly knowledgeable (6 weeks on the job) and her hospitality was second to none. Whitney really made the visit incredibly worthwhile and I will have great memories to enjoy when the wine club shipment arrives.

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Tristan B. Member Since 1/7/2014
Private Estate Tour & Tasting on 2/22/17 3:00 PM

Great tour and good wines. We joined the wine club.

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John W. Member Since 1/7/2014
Private Estate Tour & Tasting on 2/18/17 12:30 PM

Great people; extremely informative; beautiful location; outstanding wines - not sure that there is more to say about Hanzell

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Kaavya V. Member Since 1/5/2017
Heritage Winery Tour & Tasting on 2/16/17 10:00 AM

Wonderful experience.

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Judy M. Member Since 2/12/2017
Private Estate Tour & Tasting on 2/14/17 2:30 PM

Gorgeous location with amazing history.

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Laura K. Member Since 1/23/2017
Heritage Winery Tour & Tasting on 2/03/17 10:00 AM

Fantastic and the best of all of our vineyard experiences! Our guide, Tony, provided a thorough tour and was able to answer even the most detailed questions. Unlike many large corporate vineyards, Hanzell has a personal feel to it that makes you appreciate the history as well as the wine.

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Breauna K. Member Since 1/23/2017
Private Estate Tour & Tasting on 2/03/17 12:30 PM

The view from the old production facility was breathtaking and the bright Sebella was perfect on the stone balcony. The tour was seamless and fulfilling in every way. Chickens, pigs, caves, gorgeous greenery peaking through the top of the cave just bellow the new crush pad... are you kidding me?!The office tasting seemed like a trip back in time! Wonderful experience, great attention to detail.

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Gian P. Member Since 1/27/2017
Heritage Winery Tour & Tasting on 1/28/17 10:30 AM

All around wonderful. Beautiful spot!

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Sophia F. Member Since 1/23/2017
Heritage Winery Tour & Tasting on 1/24/17 10:00 AM

My team LOVED their experience. Thanks again!

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Daniel D. Member Since 9/10/2015
Private Estate Tour & Tasting on 1/14/17 12:30 PM

Absolutely outstanding; one of the best Chardonnays in California and an outstanding Pinot Noir. We were given a thorough tour of the winery, caves, and vineyards; what great views. This was followed by a tasting among an awesome display of library wines. I strongly recommend this tour and these wines.

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Craig S. Member Since 12/1/2016
Private Estate Tour & Tasting on 1/13/17 2:30 PM

We had a terrific experience learning about the history of Hanzell; it's a gorgeous site, and the tour was both informative and interesting. The tasting itself was excellent; we liked it so much we signed up for their wine club, not something that we do lightly. Highly recommended.

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Donald W. Member Since 11/8/2012
Private Estate Tour & Tasting on 1/03/17 12:30 PM

Mia provided an excellent tour and history of the winery.

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Alex Z. Member Since 1/4/2016
Heritage Winery Tour & Tasting on 1/07/17 10:00 AM

It was awesome.Very informative especially about the history. Made you fell very comfortable. The host was extremely knowledgeable.

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Debbie B. Member Since 7/8/2014
Private Estate Tour & Tasting on 1/04/17 2:30 PM

The reception area and overall reception we received was a bit lacking, given other wineries. However, the driving tour through the vineyards and the tasting that followed were excellent. This is the only winery that offered a driving tour through the vineyards and we would definitely recommend it to others. Hey, and the wine was excellent as well!

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Anthony B. Member Since 1/5/2017
Private Estate Tour & Tasting on 1/05/17 12:30 PM

Our Tour was with Tony - he was outstanding. Extremely knowledgeable and accommodating. The vineyards and caves are extremely picturesque and inviting. Its a truly unique spot and well worth the 90 minutes (Tony generously gave us 2 hours so it never felt rushed). We have done tours all over the world and quite a lot of wine tasting. I would do this again and I recommend it.

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Chuck W. Member Since 6/8/2016
Heritage Winery Tour & Tasting on 1/03/17 10:00 AM

Always a treat to visit, educational and tradition-bound. Mia has excellent knowledge of vineyards, clearly passionate about viticulture and Hanzell. Our guests were impressed with the personal touch, joined the ambassador circle. Excellent tour, always learn something new despite multiple visits.

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Judy L. Member Since 11/21/2016
Private Estate Tour & Tasting on 12/08/16 3:30 PM

Beautiful property and excellent wines presented by the very knowledgeable and enthusiastic Dawn!

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David M. Member Since 12/9/2016
Heritage Winery Tour & Tasting on 12/10/16 10:00 AM

Best tasting as far I've ever had in California. Most amasing estate tour, great wines. Well qualified team.

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Bert P. Member Since 12/9/2016
Private Estate Tour & Tasting on 12/10/16 2:30 PM

Beautiful views, historic vines, interesting history, indept understanding of Chardonnay, Pinot and what influences their flavors.

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Peter A. Member Since 5/24/2016
Private Estate Tour & Tasting on 10/21/16 9:30 AM

This tour was incredibly beautiful, aesthetic, outstanding in every way, as is the winery. Probably our favorite wine tasting to date.

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Mike S. Member Since 9/2/2014
Private Estate Tour & Tasting on 12/02/16 2:30 PM

The staff was extremely knowledgeable and friendly. Touring the vineyards with explanations of history and terroir was a unique experience, and then there was the wine - the best for last.

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larry b. Member Since 10/27/2016
Heritage Winery Tour & Tasting on 12/01/16 3:00 PM

Very commercial and hard sell for the wine club.

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Jack O. Member Since 10/24/2016
Heritage Winery Tour & Tasting on 11/26/16 10:30 AM

We were lucky enough to have a tour with the winemaker who was very passionate about his work and the winery. Very cool experience with some amazing wine.

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Hal B. Member Since 10/17/2015
Private Estate Tour & Tasting on 11/22/16 1:00 PM

Asalways, every time i visit i find myself back with good friend.

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Bruce L. Member Since 11/22/2016
Heritage Winery Tour & Tasting on 11/23/16 11:00 AM

We really enjoyed the experience. Amazing setting and incredible wines.

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Bill P. Member Since 8/19/2016
Private Estate Tour & Tasting on 11/07/16 10:00 AM

As a member I am predisposed to like the experience at Hanzell and this trip was no exception. Always a little nervous bringing friends along, but i this they were just as pleased. Will be back again.

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Elizabeth P. Member Since 1/22/2014
Private Estate Tour & Tasting on 11/04/16 1:30 PM

Hanzell is situated in beautiful setting with great views of Sonoma Mountain. Original, historic winery building is wonderful. Dawn was terrific Wine Educator. Wines - delicious! We arrived early for our appointment and even though staff walked by, no one acknowledged us or asked if we needed assistance. We had to search for someone. Even so, we had a great experience, Highly recommend.

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Natalie W. Member Since 10/27/2016
Private Estate Tour & Tasting on 11/04/16 3:30 PM

Most beautiful winery we visited on our wine country trip. It was our first stop and was hard to beat. The views are amazing!! And the wines are great too.

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John S. Member Since 10/24/2016
Private Estate Tour & Tasting on 10/28/16 2:30 PM

Great day, even though it was rainy and wet. Tony gave a great tour and was very knowledgeable. Fun to get to know the wines better and we had a good tour through the vineyard and the caves.

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Courtney E. Member Since 9/15/2014
Heritage Winery Tour & Tasting on 9/25/16 12:30 PM

We had an amazing tasting experience at Hanzell. There were only 5 of us on the tour and it was a really special experience to have such a personal interaction. The grounds and tasting room were beautiful and the wine that we tasted was incredible. Highly recommended!

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Jonathan B. Member Since 10/18/2016
Private Estate Tour & Tasting on 10/23/16 12:00 PM

Our tour guide Ben was fantastic. The experience, story, and private tour itinerary were very thoughtful and were truly enjoyed by our whole group.

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Ben D. Member Since 10/11/2016
Heritage Winery Tour & Tasting on 10/26/16 10:30 AM

Beautiful visit. Would have enjoyed seeing the cave.

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Laura B. Member Since 10/18/2016
Private Estate Tour & Tasting on 10/24/16 10:00 AM

Absolutely fantastic!

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Margaret L. Member Since 9/2/2016
Private Estate Tour & Tasting on 10/25/16 2:30 PM

I went there in 2009 with a wine group so I wanted to return. Great seeing the beautiful remote property again. Great full body chards and Pinot.

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Rodney B. Member Since 9/9/2016
Private Estate Tour & Tasting on 9/23/16 1:30 PM

Everyone we met along the tour was extremely pleasant and shared with us a little bit about what they do in the wine making process. Zack did an awesome job in educating us and making us feel welcomed at Hanzell. He even took time for photo ops and picked some grapes for us. I would recommend this tour to anyone!

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Lirra H. Member Since 9/12/2016
Heritage Winery Tour & Tasting on 10/22/16 10:30 AM

Beautiful scenery, informative tour, and delicious wines. A very civilized escape from typical Napa craziness.

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