Buena Vista Winery

Sonoma, CA

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  • Press House Tasting | Tour Not Included $20.00/ppGROUP SIZE 1 - 7

    Daily

    Enjoy a selection of exclusive wines from the best appellations in Wine Country. Reservations are required for groups of 8 or more. Approximately 1 Hour.

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  • Barrel Tour & Tasting $40.00/ppGROUP SIZE 2 - 12

    Daily

    Taste wine from the barrel in our historic Champagne Cellars, and then enjoy finished wines to witness the wine’s evolution from the barrel to the bottle. Reservations are required 24 hours in advance. Approximately 1 Hour.

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  • Barrel Tour & Tasting $40.00/ppGROUP SIZE 2 - 12

    Daily

    Taste wine from the barrel in our historic Champagne Cellars, and then enjoy finished wines to witness the wine’s evolution from the barrel to the bottle. Reservations are required 24 hours in advance. Approximately 1 Hour.

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  • The Count's Picnic $50.00/ppGROUP SIZE 2 - 2

    Daily

    Picnicking at historic Buena Vista has long been a favorite for many guests, and we now offer a Picnic from JCB's gourmet cheese & charcuterie shop in Yountville, Atelier! Your reservation will include two glasses of wine to enjoy with your lunch, a current release tasting flight in our historic Press House, choice of two sandwiches, two bags of chips, dried fruits and nuts, and a bag of sweets. Approximately 1 Hour.

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  • The JCB French Picnic $50.00/ppGROUP SIZE 2 - 2

    Daily

    Picnicking at historic Buena Vista has long been a favorite for many guests, and we now offer a Picnic from JCB's gourmet cheese & charcuterie shop in Yountville, Atelier! Your reservation will include two glasses of wine to enjoy with your lunch, a current release tasting flight for two in our historic Press House, assorted Artisan cheeses, charcuterie, dried fruit and nuts, and a bag of sweets. Approximately 1 Hour.

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  • 'Be The Count' Blending Experience $125.00/ppGROUP SIZE 2 - 8

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    In this 90-minute, once in a century session we will guide you through the art of blending as Count Agoston Haraszthy would have over 100 years ago. Enter our beautiful blending cave to create a personalized bottle of red wine that the count could have only dreamed to blend. Find the perfect palate then bottle, cork, foil and label your bottle. You will design your own label and leave with a newly branded wine tailored to your masterful palate. Approximately 1.5 Hours.

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  • HISTORICAL wine tool museum tour and tasting $25.00/ppGROUP SIZE 1 - 18

    Daily

    High atop the Champagne Cellars at Buena Vista is a unique museum – a collection of historic Viticulture Tools from France. Requiring a special permit from the French government to bring to America, the tools contained within our museum are historic, beautiful, and are arranged in artistic patterns against the ancient stone walls carved from the Mayacamas mountains in 1864. Approximately 1 Hour.

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  • Historical wine tool museum TOUR ONLY - No Wine $10.00/ppGROUP SIZE 1 - 10

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    High atop the Champagne Cellars at Buena Vista is a unique museum – a collection of historic Viticulture Tools from France. Requiring a special permit from the French government to bring to America, the tools contained within our museum are historic, beautiful, and are arranged in artistic patterns against the ancient stone walls carved from the Mayacamas mountains in 1864. Approximately 30 Minutes.

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Upcoming Special Events
Winemaker Dinner featuring Brian Maloney Image

Winemaker Dinner featuring Brian Maloney

Buena Vista Winery

Wine Tastings, Special Events

Saturday, July 13, 2019 at 6:00 PM

 

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Living History Faire

Buena Vista Winery

Wine Tastings, Special Events

Saturday, July 27, 2019 at 2:00 PM

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Shakespeare Under the Stars - "As You Like It"

Buena Vista Winery

Wine Tastings, Special Events

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at 7:00 PM

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Crush Brunch Member Exclusive Event

Buena Vista Winery

Wine Tastings, Special Events

Sunday, September 22, 2019 at 11:00 AM

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Harvest Masquerade Ball Image

Harvest Masquerade Ball

Buena Vista Winery

Food & Wine, Special Events

Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 7:00 PM

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Stellar Cellar Friends and Family Wine Sale Image

Stellar Cellar Friends and Family Wine Sale

Buena Vista Winery

Wine Tastings, Special Events

Saturday, November 2, 2019 at 11:00 AM

Sonoma County 

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Holiday Open House

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Wine Tastings, Special Events

Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 4:00 AM

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

  • Bar Tasting
  • Barrel Tasting
  • Blending Seminar
  • Food & Wine
  • General Tasting
  • Large Groups (8 - 20)
  • Private Tasting
  • Reserve 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
Patrice L. Member Since 5/10/2019My Frenemy
Barrel Tour & Tasting on 5/18/19 2:00 PM

The winery itself was beautiful. It was raining so we didn't get to walk around the grounds. I was not happy with the Barrel Tour & Tasting. We tasted a couple of wines along the tour. We stepped just inside the cave to get a taste and then were put in a room to watch a movie. We then paid for our tour and it was done. It was not worth the money paid. I would not recommend the tour.

Overall Score 2/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 3/5
Katie K. Member Since 5/11/2019Evil Stepmother
Barrel Tour & Tasting on 5/18/19 2:00 PM

I went on the barrel tasting tour and it was the worst wine tour I have ever been on. It started 15 min late. The barrel tasting portion of the tour lasted 5 minutes and was very gimmicky. From there we were shown the museum, which was outdated and underwhelming. The tour guide shared NO information on the wine we were tasting. For $40, this was a total rip off! I will not be coming back.

Overall Score 1/5
First Impression 2/5
Hospitality 1/5
Ambiance 2/5
Joann R. Member Since 5/14/2019My Ex
HISTORICAL wine tool museum tour and tasting on 5/18/19 11:00 AM

Tour with video was terrible!! Wines were not great, very small pours

Overall Score 1/5
First Impression 1/5
Hospitality 1/5
Ambiance 1/5
Albert V. Member Since 2/2/2017My Parents
'Be The Count' Blending Experience on 5/17/19 10:30 AM

I booked this experience for my visiting guests from Tennessee. When the appointment was booked, we were informed it would be 90-100 minutes in duration. It lasted nearly 3 hours. This made the balance of the day very challenging and arriving 45 minutes late to the next tasting compromised the 2nd tasting. They also seemed upset they didn’t taste any BV wines, just the (bulk) wine used.

Overall Score 3/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 4/5
Raymond B. Member Since 4/27/2016My BFF
Barrel Tour & Tasting on 5/05/19 2:00 PM

Greatly enjoyed the history lesson in addition to the tasting during the Barrel Tour!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Patricia B. Member Since 4/15/2019My BFF
Barrel Tour & Tasting on 5/15/19 11:00 AM

Highly recommend the barrel tour and tasting! The tour gave you the history of the winery and a taste of a wide variety of their wines. The staff was friendly and very helpful with picking wines for your taste.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Francois G. Member Since 5/9/2019My BFF
Barrel Tour & Tasting on 5/13/19 11:00 AM

It is the best experience we had in all vineyards we visited during our trip to Sonoma ansd Napa.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Cindy R. Member Since 3/12/2019Evil Stepmother
HISTORICAL wine tool museum tour and tasting on 5/11/19 3:00 PM

Amanda was rude. My group of girls was totally disappointed. The video in the cave was boring and long. I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone. It was my 50th birthday and we expected to have more fun. I don’t think I will go back. What a bummer. Amanda has no personality at all. She should not be in customer service at all. Not fun!

Overall Score 3/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 1/5
Ambiance 1/5
Jacqueln S. Member Since 1/30/2017My BFF
HISTORICAL wine tool museum tour and tasting on 5/10/19 1:00 PM

3rd time visit. We are Cooper’s hawk members. Nice winery

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 4/5
Ambiance 4/5
Julie L. Member Since 2/11/2019My Parents
Barrel Tour & Tasting on 5/07/19 11:00 AM

The experience at Buena Vista Winery far exceeded our expectations based on research! Our tour guide was outstanding, the winery tour was the best we experienced in Napa, the ambiance of the facility was best of show, the broad choices of wine accessories in the gift shop was also the best we experienced. We will definitely be back!!!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Karen P. Member Since 5/1/2019My BFF
HISTORICAL wine tool museum tour and tasting on 5/04/19 1:00 PM

What a wonderful experience. Alisha was so nice and knowledgeable. We had so much fun on our tour and met some great people in our group.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Karen F. Member Since 4/27/2017My BFF
The Count's Picnic on 5/03/19 1:00 PM

Group of seven people visited for the Count's Picnic. I brought linens, paper plates and a few noshes because I knew some of our group were going to be more hungry than anything by 1:30. Somewhat busy day at BV and our little tasting space/alcove was nice with our dedicated hostess. Diane is impressive. I would do this again. Everyone loved their sandwiches and the lunch boxes a nice presentation.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Meredith L. Member Since 4/30/2019My BFF
Barrel Tour & Tasting on 5/01/19 2:00 PM

Beautiful property. Knowledge and friendly staff. Delicious wines. Loved every minute of our tour. Would come again in a heartbeat.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Sandra T. Member Since 4/24/2019My BFF
HISTORICAL wine tool museum tour and tasting on 5/02/19 3:00 PM

This was a wonderful way to spend the afternoon. We selected the museum tour and wine tasting and Amanda was a delight. Lots of great info and fun stories. Totally engaging and we didn't realize until we were finished that we had been on the tour for over and hour. My kind of museum!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Dana D. Member Since 1/31/2019My BFF
Barrel Tour & Tasting on 4/28/19 11:00 AM

The hospitality and the wine and are amazing! Thee must see winery in Sonoma! We went twice and loved it!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Danelle H. Member Since 4/4/2019My Parents
Barrel Tour & Tasting on 4/28/19 2:00 PM

Lovely place with an extensive history. Going through that history will take some time and totally worth it. Wear comfortable shoes, there is a lot of walking from your car to the winery and then through the tour and caves. Recommend not having any appointments afterward so you don't miss them.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Jeremy S. Member Since 4/24/2019My BFF
Current Release Tasting | Tour Not Included on 4/28/19 10:00 AM

Great time here, as always. Don does a great job of making you feel at home and makes for a great tasting experience.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Darcek M. Member Since 4/15/2019My Ex
Current Release Tasting | Tour Not Included on 4/20/19 1:00 PM

I made reservations in advance for a party of 8 celebrating a birthday. We arrived on time and was informed by the hostess she “accidentally “ gave our reservation to another party and could no longer accommodate us. Who does that? They also ran out of their rose wine. Extremely disappointed.

Overall Score 2/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 1/5
Ambiance 3/5
Stacey M. Member Since 3/17/2019My Parents
Historical wine tool museum TOUR ONLY - No Wine on 4/22/19 1:00 PM

Visited 4/20. Tour guide was excellent. Great look at the history of the winery.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Randi w. Member Since 3/18/2019My BFF
Barrel Tour & Tasting on 4/15/19 11:00 AM

Buena Vista is a beautifully restored, historic winery. Our group greatly enjoyed our tour and barrel tasting experience, guided by the extremely knowledgeable and friendly Vasile Chicu. The pre-arranged “picnic” featuring a wonderful Charcuterie Board was the perfect ending to our visit.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Mitch D. Member Since 4/3/2019My Ex
Barrel Tour & Tasting on 4/10/19 2:00 PM

Not what I was expecting. It was a tour of a bunch of tacky rooms, with wine occasionally thrown in the mix.

Overall Score 2/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 4/5
Ambiance 1/5
Cheri T. Member Since 4/6/2017My BFF
'Be The Count' Blending Experience on 4/10/19 10:30 AM

Great blending experience

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Bruce Y. Member Since 2/6/2019My BFF
HISTORICAL wine tool museum tour and tasting on 4/08/19 11:00 AM

Winery is beautiful. We were greeted by Diane who also gave us our tour and tasting. Diane was very knowledgeable but also very personable. We had a great experience and I would recommend it to everyone.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Annette F. Member Since 2/13/2015My BFF
HISTORICAL wine tool museum tour and tasting on 3/31/19 1:00 PM

Beautiful grounds and cellars!!! Delicious wines too! Weren't able to go into some rooms due to a party. Wish I could of seen them. Otherwise clean & organized winery!

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Kelly H. Member Since 3/25/2019My BFF
Barrel Tour & Tasting on 3/30/19 11:00 AM

Sara, the VIP coordinator, was absolutely fabulous! She is the main reason we signed up for a membership!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Natalia N. Member Since 3/20/2019My BFF
HISTORICAL wine tool museum tour and tasting on 3/30/19 1:00 PM

Very good informative tour and nice picnic area

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Jenelle D. Member Since 1/25/2019My BFF
'Be The Count' Blending Experience on 3/29/19 1:30 PM

BV Winery is the most unique winery I have been to. The hospitality is top notch and the experience offered is very unique to the whole region! Amanda was awesome and really made us feel special.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Moki C. Member Since 3/26/2019My BFF
HISTORICAL wine tool museum tour and tasting on 3/27/19 3:00 PM

My best friend and i enjoyed our experience. We made an appointment for the tour but was not told where it would begin or where to wait. Then it began late and wasn’t really on schedule.

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 3/5
Ambiance 4/5
Mark L. Member Since 3/13/2019My BFF
HISTORICAL wine tool museum tour and tasting on 3/27/19 11:00 AM

Alisha was an excellent hostess. Informative, professional, courteous, and fun!!!!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Kathleen D. Member Since 3/24/2019My BFF
Barrel Tour & Tasting on 3/26/19 11:00 AM

Great knowledge given to us by the wine expert

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
lynn d. Member Since 3/19/2019My Parents
Barrel Tour & Tasting on 3/24/19 11:00 AM

Pack a picnic lunch to enjoy after whatever experience you select.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Briana G. Member Since 1/10/2019My BFF
Current Release Tasting | Tour Not Included on 3/24/19 11:00 AM

The winery was so beautiful and the ambiance was great. From the second we walked in I felt welcomed and taken care of us. We had tastings up stairs with a woman (I feel bad I don't remember her name) she was great. Really helpful and fun - my friend liked it so much that she signed up for the club. She gave us information not just about the winery but about Sonoma and Napa in general.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Angela R. Member Since 3/9/2019My BFF
Barrel Tour & Tasting on 3/22/19 2:00 PM

We prebooked a cave and barrel tasting. We arrived on a very rainy afternoon, so we were disappointed that we were not able to see more of the grounds- because they were beautiful! Our tour was great, the winery is a bit eccentric. The wines were great! Would have liked there to be a limit on the tour size, but we were happy with the group that we were in!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Thomas N. Member Since 3/13/2019My BFF
Barrel Tour & Tasting on 3/23/19 2:00 PM

The tour started with a tasting and some history. Lessons about wine and how Buena Vista came to be. Jim was very knowledgeable and helpful in answering questions. The tour moves to the cave where the barrels are stored with more wine and more information. I wish there was more wine directly from the barrels as this is a barrel tour, but it did serve its purpose!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Paige F. Member Since 3/21/2019My BFF
Barrel Tour & Tasting on 3/22/19 2:00 PM

Spent the afternoon here. The wine was amazing and our guide was entertaining and knowledgeable. Beautiful property and rich history, hope to go back soon!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Thomas N. Member Since 3/13/2019My BFF
Historical wine tool museum TOUR ONLY - No Wine on 3/22/19 11:00 AM

A great experience. So much to learn and the right people to fill you in about the history of wine in California, Buena Vista Winery, the tools used to go from start to finish in the process of winemaking. Incredible amount of information and not too hard to digest. An absolutely great tour.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Thomas N. Member Since 3/13/2019My BFF
'Be The Count' Blending Experience on 3/22/19 1:30 PM

Did the Count Blending Tour, I recommend it to everyone. It was a fun learning experience. I knew a little about wine but learned so much more. Finding different parts of the individual wine, blending them together, making them taste how I want. Amanda was great, very insightful, patient. Thank you!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Lori M. Member Since 3/21/2019My BFF
Current Release Tasting | Tour Not Included on 3/22/19 2:00 PM

lovely experience with a well versed and knowledgeable member of the staff--Visilje went over and above...a great start to a weekend and turned out to be the best of what we saw and tasted for the weekend. thank you for a fun Friday afternoon --as JCB club members, we felt the hospitality and appreciated the effort!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 3/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Sarah S. Member Since 1/19/2019My BFF
Barrel Tour & Tasting on 3/19/19 2:00 PM

The grounds are beautiful, the tasting room was a fun experience, and I was lucky to visit the winery with great friends! Vic was an amazing tour guide and very educational.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Ann M. Member Since 3/11/2019My BFF
Current Release Tasting | Tour Not Included on 3/13/19 1:00 PM

We had a wonderful time on that nice sunny day. Don, as usual, was very helpful and very attentive.

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