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Buena Vista Winery

Food & Wine, Special Events

Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 7:00 PM

Sonoma County 

About Buena Vista Winery

California's first premium winery established in 1857 by Count Agoston Harazthy.

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Pioneers of the California Wine Industry. Before there were vineyards in every valley north of San Francisco, before Napa and Sonoma were household names, before there was a California wine industry at all, there was Buena Vista. Founded in 1857 by Count Agoston Haraszthy, Buena Vista is Californias oldest premium winery, and its history is as colorful as it is proud. Just outside the town of Sonoma, the original winery is now a California Historic Landmark, and home to our Tasting Room & Visitors Center. Boisset Family Estates-a family with a true love and respect for Buena Vista-is passionately committed to continue the imaginative vision and unrivaled legacy first created by The Count 150 years ago. Please join us in celebrating the rebirth of Buena Vista. Our brilliant history. Our spectacular wines. The extraordinary experience at our breathtaking estate. Buena Vista Winery. Our future is in our history-our rich, colorful and eccentric past.

Notable Features

  • Architectural Appeal
  • Bocce Ball
  • Corporate Events
  • Family Friendly
  • Food Service
  • Gardens
  • Historic Building
  • Intimate Setting or Venue
  • Picnic Area
  • Special Events
  • Sustainable
Experiences

  • Barrel Tasting
  • Blending Seminar
  • Food & Wine Pairing
  • General Tasting
  • Large Groups (8 - 20)
  • Private Tasting
  • Reserve Tasting
  • Special Tasting
  • Tour and Tasting
Varietals Offered

  • Bordeaux Blend
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Chardonnay
  • Dessert Wine
  • Merlot
  • Pinot Gris
  • Pinot Noir
  • Red Table Wine
  • Rosé
  • Sparkling Wine
  • Syrah
  • White Table Wine
  • Zinfandel
Average Score from CellarPass VisitorsMy Parents
Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Jonathan M. Member Since 7/13/2018My BFF
HISTORICAL wine tool museum tour and tasting on 10/05/18 3:00 PM

We had a wonderful tour with "the Count". Heard some fun stories and background of the winery and loved the wines offered. Great tour with our friends. Would recommend to anyone we know going to Sonoma.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Sara K. Member Since 10/4/2018My BFF
The Count's Picnic on 10/09/18 1:00 PM

Overall the visit was good. Buena Vista is a great winery and beautiful - I used to be a member and probably will be again. The sandwiches we got were not at all the sandwiches we ordered, however. While that was somewhat disappointing, the sandwiches ended up all being high quality so it wasn't a big deal. Sophia was our hostess and did an amazing job making us feel welcomed!

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 4/5
Ambiance 4/5
Jenna Z. Member Since 10/6/2018My BFF
Barrel Tour & Tasting on 10/07/18 2:00 PM

Was a good walk from the parking lot but the grounds were beautiful. We were greeted immediately and directed to where our tour would begin. Tour was very interesting and informative. We are looking forward to visiting again and taking friends.

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 3/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 4/5
Rod S. Member Since 8/13/2018My BFF
'Be The Count' Blending Experience on 10/01/18 1:30 PM

We have been several times and each time it has been a fantastic experience. We have decided the Buena Vista is OUR winery! We absolutely love it!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 4/5
Ambiance 5/5
Shirley P. Member Since 9/15/2018My BFF
Barrel Tour & Tasting on 9/28/18 2:00 PM

We have been to Buena Vista for a basic wine tasting, but not an upgraded experience. From the moment we met our tour guide, Vasile from Moldova, we knew it would be a great tour He was very knowledgeable, funny, quick witted, and detailed. It was harvest season so we even got to watch the sorting and crushing process. We loved our experience! The wine was great and Vasile was awesome!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Mischelle D. Member Since 9/22/2018My BFF
HISTORICAL wine tool museum tour and tasting on 9/30/18 1:00 PM

I learned a lot about the wine making history in USA. Tour was very informative and Winery was nice.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 4/5
nancy t. Member Since 9/24/2018My BFF
'Be The Count' Blending Experience on 9/28/18 10:30 AM

The blending experience was the highlight of our Wine Country visit. Our hostess, Amanda, was very knowledgeable as well as fun and very personable. We appreciated the one-on-one time and attention. It was great to see parts of the Buena Vista wine cave and ambiance we had not witnessed before. Learned so much about the various wines and secrets of blending! Would not hesitate to do again.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Donna B. Member Since 4/17/2018My BFF
'Be The Count' Blending Experience on 9/28/18 1:30 PM

Such a fun experience. Being able to blend and label your own bottle of wine is so fun and our BV host was amazing.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Robert T. Member Since 8/19/2018My Parents
HISTORICAL wine tool museum tour and tasting on 9/24/18 1:00 PM

I realize the tour guides do this every day, multiple times a day, but when its our first time, each presentation should be as good or better than the last!

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 3/5
Ambiance 4/5
Joe B. Member Since 9/18/2018My BFF
HISTORICAL wine tool museum tour and tasting on 9/24/18 1:00 PM

Nice

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Alfred E. Member Since 8/14/2018My Boss
HISTORICAL wine tool museum tour and tasting on 9/20/18 1:00 PM

Touring and tasting with the Count was priceless!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Michael W. Member Since 9/17/2018My BFF
HISTORICAL wine tool museum tour and tasting on 9/19/18 11:00 AM

Tim needs a damn raise that guy is the best and Fred is a great guy

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Maria M. Member Since 9/3/2018My BFF
HISTORICAL wine tool museum tour and tasting on 9/14/18 1:00 PM

Great experience! Tim was great and very informative and entertaining!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
James P. Member Since 8/24/2018My Boss
HISTORICAL wine tool museum tour and tasting on 9/15/18 1:00 PM

Wonderful wine and staff in a very nice setting

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Joe I. Member Since 8/30/2018My Parents
HISTORICAL wine tool museum tour and tasting on 9/09/18 1:00 PM

Walked in and was immediately greeted by a sommelier behind the bar then the hostess came over and asked us how we were, we told her to were there for a tour and she pointed us in the right direction. Our tour guide Don, was AMAZING, cordial, engaging, excited and informative. We shared we had just came back from France and with his knowledge and conversation our tour was over in a flash. A++++

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
martha s. Member Since 7/28/2018My BFF
Barrel Tour & Tasting on 9/08/18 11:00 AM

Jim was an amazing guide. Extremely pleasant and knowledgeable. I have already recommend this tour to my daughter & SIL when they go in Oct.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Michael H. Member Since 8/28/2018My BFF
Barrel Tour & Tasting on 9/08/18 11:00 AM

Super fun and exciting winery! No matter what tour or if you just show up to taste some wines you should have a lot of fun!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Glenn J. Member Since 5/16/2017My BFF
'Be The Count' Blending Experience on 9/02/18 10:30 AM

It was a fabulous experience for blending wine with our group of friends! Jim was knowledgeable and friendly!its a beautiful venue! Love the Sherriff wine!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Krista E. Member Since 8/22/2018My BFF
HISTORICAL wine tool museum tour and tasting on 9/03/18 3:00 PM

We took the Museum and Wine Tasting Tour. Our hostess was very knowledgeable and our wine glasses were never empty. The museum presentation was a little hokey but on par for a winery owned by an eccentric French man. I would visit again and recommend to friends.

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 3/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 4/5
Scot B. Member Since 8/13/2018My BFF
HISTORICAL wine tool museum tour and tasting on 8/19/18 1:00 PM

loved our visit and tour guide

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Jeff G. Member Since 3/3/2017My BFF
HISTORICAL wine tool museum tour and tasting on 9/01/18 11:00 AM

Amanda was a great host for the tour. We arrived a little early and the hostess mentioned that we could taste some wine before the tour. Jim who was pouring that AM was rude to my wife and he did not represent the best customer service. First impression is huge and he did not represent Buena Vista in a positive manner. Thankfully we had Amanda as our host for the tour. She was outstanding.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
joanie m. Member Since 8/27/2018My BFF
HISTORICAL wine tool museum tour and tasting on 9/01/18 1:00 PM

The Young lady that we had, with a large crowd was fun, and full of knowledge. Enjoyed her vary much. The tour of the tools, a little long. shorten the dramatic effects a little bit and it would be better.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Thomas H. Member Since 8/30/2018My Frenemy
HISTORICAL wine tool museum tour and tasting on 8/31/18 3:00 PM

Overall felt a little cheesy with the fake accents in the museum tour video and the paper cutouts on the hill. The wine was fine but the tour was a little tacky for my taste

Overall Score 3/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 4/5
Ambiance 3/5
Debra W. Member Since 4/10/2018My BFF
Historical wine tool museum TOUR ONLY - No Wine on 8/30/18 11:00 AM

Walking up to the property and smelling the amazing eucalyptus trees was very inviting and the property was beautiful. When we walked up to the tasting room and cave we all made the comment that this place would be amazing to host events at. Don, our tour guide, was very laid back and showed us the property in an entertaining and informative way. He made us feel very special and the wine was great

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Howard K. Member Since 8/2/2018My Parents
Grand Reserve Tasting on 8/28/18 3:00 PM

beautiful historic property- great staff and ambiance. The wines we tasted we simply above average.

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Erin B. Member Since 8/15/2018My BFF
Current Release Tasting | Tour Not Included on 8/26/18 11:00 AM

Such a beautiful Estate and the entire staff is helpful and welcoming, not to mention their amazing wine! The Sheriff wine is a favorite in our household and enjoyed by everyone who visits as well! My husband and I are BV wine club members and several of our friends said that they plan on joining too. Love this winery as well as Raymond in Napa. Thanks!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Roger B. Member Since 8/23/2018My BFF
Private Reserve Tasting on 8/25/18 2:00 PM

Beautiful old winery with lots of history and some unusual, but interesting rooms. Wines were good and hospitality was very good.

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 4/5
Ambiance 4/5
Pat B. Member Since 7/25/2018My BFF
HISTORICAL wine tool museum tour and tasting on 8/19/18 1:00 PM

Had a great time. Learning made fun. Beautiful location and grounds. The museum was so much fun. Learning about wine making can be a bit boring but your take on it and the video was great. Will definitely recommend. Slight disappointment was the Bubble lounge had a private party so we’re not able to see it.

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 4/5
Ambiance 5/5
Andrea C. Member Since 8/15/2018My BFF
Barrel Tour & Tasting on 8/17/18 2:00 PM

Michaela as our tour guide was excellent. Very personable and took her time walking us through every piece of history.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Ligia G. Member Since 8/30/2017My Parents
Current Release Tasting | Tour Not Included on 8/04/18 1:00 PM

I loved Buena Vista so much the first time we went that we even became members. However, last time we went the tasting was not top notch: wine was hot (about room temperature, which was 100 degrees). That’s unacceptable for such great wine!

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 4/5
Ambiance 4/5
Jeanmarie C. Member Since 8/12/2018My BFF
Barrel Tour & Tasting on 8/12/18 2:00 PM

We did the wine cave tour with Jim and he was a wealth of knowledge and we loved every minute of what we learned. The BV history is amazing. Beautiful grounds. Disappointed we could not get in the Bubble Lounge. I had two appts scheduled and was told I could only have one or the other previously I was not told that so we had to miss out on the Bubble Lounge. Jim made our visit special!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Kim S. Member Since 8/10/2018My BFF
Barrel Tour & Tasting on 8/11/18 11:00 AM

My husband and I visited about 15 yrs ago. This time we came back with our youngest daughter. We all enjoyed learning all the history and the wine making process. We have had many tours over the years but this was her first - she really enjoyed herself.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Muriel K. Member Since 6/2/2014My BFF
HISTORICAL wine tool museum tour and tasting on 8/09/18 11:00 AM

Beautiful place.lovely visit.was very interesting to see how the wine ?? was make longtime a go . Lovely help

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 3/5
Hospitality 4/5
Ambiance 3/5
Joann M. Member Since 8/10/2013My BFF
Barrel Tour & Tasting on 8/04/18 11:00 AM

Wonderful tour and guide. We had a great experience.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 4/5
Deb S. Member Since 8/27/2013My BFF
Current Release Tasting | Tour Not Included on 8/04/18 11:00 AM

I bring guest here and always enjoy the staff and experience. My guest did say that their host wasn't so great. They said she lacked enthusiasm and seemed like she was hungover. I bring guest here frequently and this is the first time that I got a negative comment from my group.

Overall Score 3/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 4/5
Ambiance 5/5
Joseph M. Member Since 6/17/2018My Boss
Current Release Tasting | Tour Not Included on 7/29/18 1:00 PM

Great experience our Host was understanding as traffic was backed up and 15 minutes late. Display of founder was interesting man. And wines were great.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Barbara M. Member Since 7/25/2018My BFF
Barrel Tour & Tasting on 7/26/18 11:00 AM

We were met by Amanda, who made us feel very welcome. The tour was the most fun I've had on a wine tour, going through the various rooms and hearing the history of the winery and the Count. Will definitely recommend this tour to friends and visiting relatives.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
brenda t. Member Since 7/5/2018My BFF
HISTORICAL wine tool museum tour and tasting on 7/28/18 1:00 PM

We did the historic wine tour and the tour guide Don was awesome! Very knowledgeable and the entire experience was great! Love the wine and winery!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Lois C. Member Since 7/20/2018My BFF
HISTORICAL wine tool museum tour and tasting on 7/23/18 1:00 PM

Am a member there because it's always fun to go there. Everyone working there is always helpful, friendly and attentive.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Virginia V. Member Since 7/10/2018My BFF
'Be The Count' Blending Experience on 7/23/18 10:30 AM

My experience with "Be the Count" Wine Blending Experience was fabulous! Amanda was a great host and very personable. I truly enjoyed touring the winery and listening to the history of it all. The blending experience as very insightful and a great learning experience. I would highly recommend this to anyone. I might even do it again with a group of friends. Thanks Amanda for a great time.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5

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