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About Benovia Winery

Benovia Winery is a hidden gem in the heart of the Russian River Valley. Our family owned, small production winery specializes in hand crafted Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Zinfandel, from our estate vineyards.

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At Benovia, we try to strike just the right balance between innovative viticultural techniques and traditional wine making. From our artisan winery, to our 72 acres of estate vineyards, we are unwavering in our commitment to produce the highest quality wine possible. Our team is an extension of an extraordinary family, one that eats, drinks, and breathes a lifelong passion for exceptional wine. The results of that passion are found in every bottle of wine we produce. We invite you to share our passion and our exceptional hand-crafted wines at the Benovia Winery Visitor Center, on the winery grounds, located in the Martaella Vineyard just west of Santa Rosa. For large groups of seven or more please contact the the Benovia Winery Visitor Center at 707-921-1040.

features Notable Features
  • Architectural Appeal
  • Boutique Winery
  • Family Owned
  • Hand-crafted
  • Intimate Setting or Venue
  • Limited Production
  • Picnic Area
  • Scenic View
  • Sustainable
tours and tastings Tours & Tastings
  • By Appointment Only
  • Complimentary with Purchase
  • Large Groups (6-12)
  • Patio Tasting
  • Private Tastings
  • Reservation Required
  • Wine Tasting
varietals Varietals Offered
  • Chardonnay
  • Grenache
  • Pinot Noir
  • Rosé
  • Zinfandel
Average Score from CellarPass Visitors6 Star Average Rating
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Jeff J. Member Since 2/21/2016
Tasting Appointment on 5/21/17 3:30 PM

We ended our Sunday with a stop at Benovia, and had a fabulous tasting, by ourselves with a wonderful pourer. He gave us so much background on the wines and winery, helped us understand what we were tasting, and threw in some surprise tastes. We love Benovia. We first found Benovia's wine at Backyard in Forestville.

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Diane S. Member Since 5/16/2017
Tasting Appointment on 5/20/17 3:30 PM

The ambiance was so relaxing. The staff was warm and friendly. The wine selections were delicious.

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Duane C. Member Since 1/13/2015
Tasting Appointment on 5/08/17 12:30 PM

We had a fantastic time! The scenery was gorgeous and the service was impeccable! Gayle was so informative and personable as well. We brought a picnic with us and they were very hospitable.

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Robin N. Member Since 3/7/2017
Tasting Appointment on 4/29/17 10:30 AM

One of the most beautiful vineyards and tasting rooms I've ever been to. The staff greeted our group at the door and it was non-stop first class service from there. Truly a gem in Sonoma not to mention the best wine we had all weekend!

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Matt L. Member Since 4/22/2017
Tasting Appointment on 4/22/17 12:30 PM

You guys were very accommodating to adding a couple extra guests for my reservation and more importantly allowing our kids (10 and 12 years old) to hang out. It's important to young families to be able to enjoy good wine tastings all the while being mindful of the other guests.

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Michael R. Member Since 4/17/2017
Tasting Appointment on 4/18/17 1:30 PM

Lovely setting and great hospitality. Wines were also very good.

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Wendy P. Member Since 3/15/2017
Tasting Appointment on 3/31/17 11:00 AM

We had family in town and this was the perfect wine tasting to bring them to. We sat at the dining room table, with a beautiful view of the vineyards and Mt. Saint Helena in the background. Our hostess led us through the tasting, giving us the scoop on all the wines, and how they differed. My family commented on how special the experience was. And of course, the wines are excellent!

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Paul M. Member Since 3/10/2017
Tasting Appointment on 3/16/17 11:00 AM

I came with my daughter and soon to be step son (maybe). We all had a great time and look forward to returning. The hosts were great and created aa friendly atmosphere for all of us. Thank you for having us. Paul Mann

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Ed & Keri P. Member Since 4/2/2014
Tasting Appointment on 2/02/17 12:30 PM

We had a wonderful time and were treated so well. Thanks so much.

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Robert R. Member Since 12/2/2016
Tasting Appointment on 1/06/17 1:30 PM

The wines were excellent and priced accordingly. The hostess was polite and effective but not not nearly as warm or engaging as most of the other hosts at out other tastings, even though this was a private and pricey tasting event.

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Krishan M. Member Since 5/1/2013
Tasting Appointment on 12/28/16 12:30 PM

Bob was our host at the winery, He made the tasting fun and interactive. We were laughing all the way through. The wines were were great and the hospitality was warm and gracious. I would certainly recommend their wines and the tasting experience to every body. We were also a guest at their cottage and every thing there was a first class experience. Thank you so very much.

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Stephen M. Member Since 12/17/2016
Tasting Appointment on 12/27/16 3:30 PM

Our tasting at Benovia was beautifully orchestrated. The Visitor Center is immaculate and well-appointed. The tasting room, on the second floor overlooking the vineyards, was set up and waiting for us when we arrived. Our guide, David, usually works on the production side of the operation, but his superior knowledge of the wines and how they are made was an added bonus that we loved!

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Mark G. Member Since 11/1/2016
Tasting Appointment on 12/02/16 12:30 PM

Great wines beautiful setting.

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Tammy C. Member Since 12/6/2016
Tasting Appointment on 12/09/16 11:00 AM

The whole affair was lovely. We were showed to the sofa by the fireplace where glasses were already set up waiting our arrival. The visitors center is a beautiful building right in the middle of the vineyard. Stunning view. Then the tasting commenced it took us about two hours and ofcouse we purchased wine.

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Bruce K. Member Since 7/6/2015
Tasting Appointment on 11/04/16 12:30 PM

Incredible wines and great hospitality made another wonderful visit. Thank you Rosa!

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Sahar & Joel B. Member Since 3/6/2016
Tasting Appointment on 10/29/16 11:00 AM

Superb wine, facilitator, and setting: How does one beat that? We love this winery and its staff. Every attention to detail is given for an outstanding tasting experience. The catered lunch from Oakville Grocery was also delicious and plentiful. Highly recommending a visit to Benovia!

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Bret B. Member Since 10/21/2016
Tasting Appointment on 10/21/16 11:00 AM

Lauren was amazing and the product was fantastic!

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Scott B. Member Since 9/4/2016
Tasting Appointment on 10/22/16 2:30 PM

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David J. Member Since 7/31/2016
Tasting Appointment on 9/12/16 1:30 PM

The only negative (partially our fault) was we were early (30 minutes) and the hostess was seating a couple without an appointment, that arrived at the same time,, we waited while she seated them. We were then asked if they could join our tasting, which was fine with us, having another couple actually mad the experience e more enjoyable.

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Russ C. Member Since 9/17/2016
Tasting Appointment on 9/18/16 2:30 PM

I had hoped that our tasting room staff would have had more experience, both with Benovia's wine and with Sonoma wine country itself.

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Joanne M. Member Since 11/6/2013
Tasting Appointment on 9/17/16 11:00 AM

Wonderful experience. Very friendly staff. Loved the one on one attention.

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Max S. Member Since 3/20/2016
Tasting Appointment on 9/04/16 3:30 PM

Excellent personalized service. The tasting was set as it suppose to be. Knowledgeable host. Good wine. Prices are slightly high but "oh well"

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Marla P. Member Since 7/21/2016
Tasting Appointment on 8/20/16 10:00 AM

It was truly amazing! We were cheerfully greeted. Treated like VIP's all the way. Took a group of 11 for a complete tasting upstairs; view was incredible and the table set up top notch! Lauren, who did our tasting was very knowledgeable and pleasant and made our tasting experience a fabulous one! Every wine superb! We stayed and had a picnic after out on the deck and felt welcome and not rushed!

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John P. Member Since 8/21/2016
Tasting Appointment on 8/21/16 12:30 PM

As always, the personal attention you get when visiting this winery is unmatched. Oh and the wine is really freaking good too! This is definitely a place to visit if you're looking to learn more about wine and get your hands on some of the best wine you'll have for $30 - $75.

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Mike O. Member Since 5/2/2014
Tasting Appointment on 8/10/16 1:30 PM

beautiful setting, very good wines and a knowledgeable, personable wine staffer.

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Hugo O. Member Since 6/19/2016
Tasting Appointment on 8/03/16 11:00 AM

Michael was warm, personable and did an excellent job educating us on the wine and the region. i recommend him to everyone.

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Gene E. Member Since 5/16/2016
Tasting Appointment on 7/31/16 1:00 PM

Very good tasting with a beautiful back drop of the winery.

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Kathleen B. Member Since 6/8/2016
Tasting Appointment on 7/14/16 10:00 AM

My entrance was awkward - I was late & they were still having a staff meeting. But once we got through that, it was very smooth! Everyone on the staff was super-friendly, the wine was delicious and the view absolutely lovely. They couldn't have been nicer or more welcoming.

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Greg C. Member Since 7/5/2016
Tasting Appointment on 7/05/16 11:00 AM

A generous sample of six excellent wines in a comfortable setting. We would highly recommend this to anyone wishing to enjoy a relaxed, seated tasting-experience.

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Barb R. Member Since 6/9/2016
Tasting Appointment on 6/09/16 12:30 PM

Elegant place and 1 on 1 requires a level of formality. But staff was friendly, knowledgeable, down to earth, easy to chat with, and made it comfortable. Excellent wines.

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Robert J. Member Since 10/14/2013
Tasting Appointment on 6/04/16 3:30 PM

Lauren is very knowledgeable and super friendly. The patio overlooks the vineyard with vistas of hills in the background. I am not a Chardonnay fan and yet I really enjoyed Benovia's Chards and loved their Pinots. Benovia has quickly risen to one of my top 5 favorite Sonoma county wineries.

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Ashley D. Member Since 5/24/2016
Tasting Appointment on 5/28/16 11:00 AM

Michael is very knowledgeable and a wonderful host! Loved him

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Jean H. Member Since 5/18/2016
Tasting Appointment on 5/21/16 1:00 PM

Michael was a wonderful host! Very knowledgeable and willing to explain the differences in regions, history and wines. We were late, which Is unusual for me and embarrassing; however, Michael made us feel welcomed. The wine was excellent! We ended up buying a case! The first hostess that greeted us was not as friendly and personable as Michael, we were late, but Michael more than made up for it!

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Lucy M. Member Since 5/18/2016
Tasting Appointment on 5/18/16 1:30 PM

Amazing setting, great wines, fabulous hospitality- Rosa treated us like royalty

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Courtney C. Member Since 3/9/2015
Tasting Appointment on 5/17/16 2:30 PM

Fabulous experience and great wines.

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Monica K. Member Since 5/6/2016
Tasting Appointment on 5/08/16 3:30 PM

We arrived about 10 minutes later for our 3:30 appointment and our hostess was very gracious. Love your wine too!! We really enjoyed our experience.

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Granville S. Member Since 6/23/2015
Tasting Appointment on 5/06/16 11:00 AM

Beautiful setting, tasting room and comfortable. Lots of good information. The wines were the highlight. Every one had a nice balance and were an excellent example of the varietal.

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Deborah S. Member Since 8/3/2012
Tasting Appointment on 4/21/16 2:30 PM

The ambiance was great, the wines were lovely, and there wasn't high pressure to buy. The server was able to answer questions and was genuinely friendly.

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Joanne M. Member Since 11/6/2013
Tasting Appointment on 4/10/16 1:30 PM

We had a wonderful experience at Benovia. Michael greeted us very warmly at the door and showed us to our seats on a comfortable sofa with beautiful views of the vineyards. We never felt rushed and he took his time telling us about each of the wines. We enjoyed ourselves immensely. Oh, and the wines were fantastic too - every single one! We definitely added to our home collection!

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George A. Member Since 3/9/2016
Tasting Appointment on 3/12/16 12:30 PM

Beautiful setting, knowledge and hospitable Benovia staff member Mike had calm demeanor as he introduced our group to delicious wines e.g. rose of pinot noir, chardonnay sourced from 2 different sights , 2 outstanding pinot noirs one a Russian River blend and the other a superb single vineyard .

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