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About Iron Horse Vineyards

Iron Horse is one of the most beautiful vineyards in Sonoma County: a series of gentle rolling hills stitched together by rows of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, blanketed by a misting of morning fog. Venture to the Tasting Room at the top of the hill.

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Iron Horse is one of the most beautiful vineyards in Sonoma County: a series of gentle rolling hills stitched together by rows of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, blanketed by a misting of morning fog. Venture to the Tasting Room at the top of the hill. There’s often a rainbow when the sun breaches the mist.

It’s hard not to feel optimistic when you see Iron Horse – the visual equivalent of opening a bottle of Sparkling Wine, which conveniently there are plenty to enjoy. The pillar of Iron Horse’s prestige is that their bubblies have been served at the White House for five consecutive Presidential Administrations, beginning with the Reagan-Gorbachev Summit meetings, ending the Cold War. Few Sparklings outside Champagne have the depth of character achieved at Iron Horse.

The logo, the rampant horse on a weather vane, came from a 19th century weathervane found while clearing away the rubble during construction. The first vintage of Estate Chardonnay was produced in 1978. 1979 marked the first vintage of Estate Pinot Noir and the official opening of the winery. The first Sparkling Wines were vintage 1980.

Three generations live on the property ranging from 21 to 87 years old.

features Notable Features
  • Family Friendly
  • Family Owned
  • Gardens
  • Intimate Setting or Venue
  • Limited Production
  • Picnic Area
  • Scenic View
tours and tastings Experiences
  • Complimentary with Purchase
  • Public Tasting Room
  • Reservations Recommended
  • Reserve Tasting
  • Vineyard Tours
  • Wine Club
  • Wine Tasting
  • Winemaker Tour
varietals Varietals Offered
  • Chardonnay
  • Pinot Noir
  • Sparkling Wine
Average Score from CellarPass Visitors6 Star Average Rating
Overall Score 5 Star Overall Rating 5/5
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Hospitality 5 Star Hospitality Rating 5/5
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Ron L. Member Since 1/12/2018
Tasting With A View on 1/12/18 4:00 PM

Very good sparkling wine - good explanations of what was in the bottles. Good views and tasting venue - different than any other winery.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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ROBIN W. Member Since 1/15/2018
Tasting With A View on 1/15/18 10:30 AM

We all felt very comfortable with Carl! Great experience! I promote Iron Horse winery!

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Nancy L. Member Since 1/24/2016
Tasting With A View on 1/13/18 1:00 PM

It was busy because it was Wine Road weekend... should have remembered that and rescheduled. I get that Iron Horse wants to make the "experience" great but it's getting a bit pompous. Love the pourers and love the wine. It's just the check in, set up, wait to be wowed feeling... Still an amazing view, very good wine and nice people

Overall Score 4 Star Rating 4/5
First Impression 4 Star Rating 4/5
Hospitality 3 Star Rating 3/5
Ambiance 5 Star Rating 5/5
David V. Member Since 11/8/2015
V.I.P. Tour & Tasting on 1/10/18 10:00 AM

Very welcoming staff, no sales pressure, fun tour. Great sparkling wines; will enjoy our purchases very much!!!

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Laura V. Member Since 9/22/2016
V.I.P. Tour & Tasting on 1/10/18 10:00 AM

I didn't realize dogs were allowed on the tour. This and the fact that I saw a pile of dog shit as we were taken to a production facility makes me wonder about how sanitary the production process is at Iron Horse! Very weird experience.

Overall Score 1 Star Rating 1/5
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Frieda L. Member Since 7/20/2017
Tasting With A View on 1/07/18 2:30 PM

We love going to Iron Horse!! Friendly service, fun atmosphere, beautiful vistas and awesome sparkling wines!! Great way to spend the day in Sonoma County!

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Meredith C. Member Since 12/28/2017
Tasting With A View on 1/05/18 2:30 PM

From the drive up to the amazing view once we started tasting, the whole experience at Iron Horse was phenomenal. The people were very friendly and helpful and there was the cutest vineyard cat that we all enjoyed playing with!

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Catie W. Member Since 12/1/2017
Tasting With A View on 12/29/17 10:30 AM

I have been to Iron Horse several times, and it never disappoints. The staff is always friendly, welcoming, and happy to answer all/any questions you may have! The setting is gorgeous, with a beautiful view of their vineyards sloping down the hillside. And of course, the wines are absolutely amazing. My personal favorites are the sparkling wines, but all are beautifully crafted and a true delight.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Natalie V. Member Since 12/28/2017
Tasting With A View on 12/31/17 10:30 AM

THE setting was beautiful and the sparking flight was great. Our tasting server was also great. What ruined the entire experience was a lady named Lisa. Not sure if she is the manager, but upon our arrival we were greeted with what seemed to be annoyance that we were even there. She was extremely cold and rude. I have never had such bad customer service. She was completely unaccomodating.

Overall Score 1 Star Rating 1/5
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Andrea S. Member Since 12/29/2017
Tasting With A View on 12/30/17 12:30 PM

A wonderful visit and as usual, all the sparklings we tasted were amazing. In fact, on this visit I became a club member!

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 4 Star Rating 4/5
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Erin Y. Member Since 12/23/2017
Tasting With A View on 12/27/17 2:00 PM

it was a lovely experience until the tasting room attendant was rude and made our time feel very bad and embarrassing

Overall Score 2 Star Rating 2/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 1 Star Rating 1/5
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Peter F. Member Since 8/26/2016
Tasting With A View on 12/09/17 10:00 AM

Amazing wines....especially the sparkling wines Incredible views Their wine ambassadors are friendly and knowledgable on all the varietals they offer

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Mikel W. Member Since 12/6/2017
Tasting With A View on 12/21/17 2:00 PM

This is your chance to enjoy the best sparkling wine in the Sonoma area in a charming hillside setting. When we travel to wine country we always make a point of stopping here.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Joh S. Member Since 8/1/2014
Tasting With A View on 12/16/17 1:00 PM

A beautiful setting. We were greeted out doors on a beautiful day. SO much more peaceful than a larger winery. The option for a bubbly selection was a nice treat. We will definitely return

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Israel M. Member Since 12/15/2017
Tasting With A View on 12/15/17 4:00 PM

I had a great time from the moment I arrived to the moment I left. Iron Horse provides excellent customer service, and the wines are simply amazing. The beautiful views make it that much harder to leave. I eagerly await my next visit, but I’m happy to say that I won’t have to wait too long to enjoy the wine; I just couldn’t resist joining the bubbly club.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 4 Star Rating 4/5
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Amelia H. Member Since 11/23/2016
Tasting With A View on 12/15/17 10:00 AM

Iron Horse is my favorite bubbles and my favorite tasting room experience. This was my 5+ time there and they are always friends, helpful and generous. The views are amazing and the tasting experience is unpretentious ("this isn't Napa"). Can't recommend enough.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Amanda R. Member Since 3/15/2016
Tasting With A View on 12/09/17 1:00 PM

It was nice - a colleague referred me because she is a member and loves the sparkling. I agree that the bubbles were the best. Plus it was easy for me to have my stroller/child with me for an outing.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 4 Star Rating 4/5
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Fran R. Member Since 11/4/2017
Tasting With A View on 12/02/17 11:00 AM

Love the tasting environment outdoors and overlooking the vineyards. None of the other wineries we visited offered that kind of experience. Didn’t hurt that the wines were GREAT. We were looking for a new spot for pinot’s, whites and sparkling wine and you deliver. Iron Horse will be a regular stop when we are looking to restock the cellar. We tasted with Katie. She did a fantastic job. Well done.

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Rick N. Member Since 11/13/2015
Tasting With A View on 11/29/17 10:00 AM

Iron Horse is placed beautifully on a high hill overlooking their vineyards and a fabulous rolling landscape. Each year, we visit Iron Horse first thing in the morning to start the Russian River Valley area tasting day with top tier champagne, gorgeous views, and (very important) a great staff. Their champagnes never disappoint. Make Iron Horse one of your important Wine Country Memories!

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Steve V. Member Since 11/27/2017
Tasting With A View on 12/02/17 10:00 AM

Beautiful setting. We tasted outside overlooking the hillside. Ariana was very nice and hospitable. The tasting felt very commercial, you were a number coming through. It was not special.

Overall Score 3 Star Rating 3/5
First Impression 4 Star Rating 4/5
Hospitality 3 Star Rating 3/5
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Edgar S. Member Since 9/8/2017
Tasting With A View on 11/25/17 2:00 PM

Beautiful setting, top hospitality and well-crafted delicious wines. We will be back to try the Chardonnay flight and more Bubbles. SALUD!

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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suzanne b. Member Since 11/4/2017
Tasting With A View on 11/25/17 1:30 PM

Amazing wines with a stunning view served in an old style Sonoma county venue. Friendly and knowledgeable staff. Lisa is the best!

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Mark K. Member Since 6/18/2017
Tasting With A View on 11/18/17 3:30 PM

Awesome. My favorite place Sonoma county.

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Susan D. Member Since 11/25/2016
Tasting With A View on 11/24/17 1:00 PM

The most elegant and delicious bubbly (&still wine) in a setting assisted by all my various gods ~ the beauty in your mouth is accessorized by the magnificent vista & the team of knowledgeable and truly pleasant hosts ~ enjoy it every chance you can make

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Hospitality 4 Star Rating 4/5
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Sarah B. Member Since 5/26/2015
Tasting With A View on 11/22/17 2:00 PM

Always a great place to visit.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Lisa S. Member Since 11/20/2017
Tasting With A View on 11/21/17 2:30 PM

Lovely visit and superb bubbles! Grounds are gorgeous with beautiful view. Really enjoyed our time there.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Beth H. Member Since 5/12/2017
Tasting With A View on 11/03/17 10:00 AM

At first I wondered if I was driving to the right place, but don't worry, it's up on a lovely hill planted with Chardonnay and Pinot. Very nice selection of sparkling wines. The person who poured for me was very knowledgeable and chill. Sparkling and still (didn't try any still wines) wines for every palate.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Morgan G. Member Since 11/10/2017
Tasting With A View on 11/18/17 12:30 PM

Iron Horse is our absolute favorite! Beautiful scenery, amazing staff, and of course unreal wine! I highly recommend this to everyone.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Steve F. Member Since 9/24/2016
Tasting With A View on 11/18/17 12:00 PM

Brought a new friend to one of our favorite stops on a beautiful fall Saturday.

Overall Score 4 Star Rating 4/5
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Tamara S. Member Since 2/16/2015
Tasting With A View on 11/18/17 11:00 AM

Lovely tasting with spectacular views. The staff is laid back, friendly and very personable. I highly recommend seeking out Iron Horse Vineyards.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Art F. Member Since 11/14/2017
Tasting With A View on 11/18/17 10:30 AM

Tranquil and relaxing with a stunning view.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 4 Star Rating 4/5
Hospitality 4 Star Rating 4/5
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Alison W. Member Since 9/24/2013
Tasting With A View on 11/11/17 1:30 PM

Fun day with good fall weather

Overall Score 4 Star Rating 4/5
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Jeannine P. Member Since 8/4/2016
Tasting With A View on 11/10/17 1:00 PM

As always, the staff at Iron Horse are exceptional! They are warm, welcoming, and provide a wealth of information regarding the wines and bubbles. The views from the tasting room are spectacular and the wines phenomenal!! My favorite place to visit!!

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Barbara B. Member Since 11/2/2017
Tasting With A View on 11/05/17 12:30 PM

What a wonderful outdoor tasting area. We first visited 5 years ago and hope to make it back before the next 5 year anniversary. The sparking wine tasting was delicious and the staff very attentive. Can't wait to visit again!

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Jennifer N. Member Since 11/6/2017
Tasting With A View on 11/08/17 1:00 PM

Amazing time at Iron Horse! I cannot wait to share all the bubbles I tasted on both Twitter & Instagram @WineAntics! :)

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Suzanne M. Member Since 11/10/2017
Tasting With A View on 11/10/17 2:30 PM

From the moment we drove through the palm tree lined entrance, we were crushing on Iron Horse. The view was spectacular. Our host was knowledgeable and friendly. We loved the outdoor tasting area and even make some new friends. The sparkling wines make this a "must return to" location. We cannot wait until next time!

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Lisa B. Member Since 9/16/2014
Tasting With A View on 9/30/17 2:00 PM

LOVE Iron Horse. This is my third time here. Love tasting outside. Gorgeous views, fantastic wine & bubbly and outstanding service every time.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Julia W. Member Since 1/17/2016
Tasting With A View on 11/10/17 10:30 AM

Gorgeous setting and amazing wines!

Overall Score 4 Star Rating 4/5
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Hospitality 4 Star Rating 4/5
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Marlane M. Member Since 11/2/2017
Tasting With A View on 11/10/17 12:30 PM

The view is absolutely beautiful, even on a gloomy rainy day. The staff performing the tasting was very fun, very knowledgeable and was able to pick some additional wines based on our likes. This was one of our favorite tastings of the day.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Sandy P. Member Since 9/28/2017
V.I.P. Tour & Tasting on 11/10/17 10:00 AM

A great tour and education on the traditional method of making sparkling wines. Gained a new perspective not he whole process and appreciation for the amount of labor and care that goes into every bottle.

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