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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 Tours & Tastings
  • 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
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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!

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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
First Impression 4 Star Rating 4/5
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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!

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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
First Impression 4 Star Rating 4/5
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.

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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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Lorraine N. Member Since 11/8/2017
V.I.P. Tour & Tasting on 11/09/17 10:00 AM

Host was great- very friendly and knowledgeable. Tour was unique, we have been to a number of sparkling houses and this was the first time we actually saw corking, cadging, adding dressage, etc.

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Jan M. Member Since 11/4/2017
Tasting With A View on 11/06/17 10:30 AM

Beautiful weather for a 10:30 outdoor tasting. The view is one of the best in the valley. We were greeted with a friendly smile from Ariana that set the tone for the tasting. The sparkling wines were exactly what we remembered from about 10 years ago. Even though we no longer live in CA, we rejoined with a club option that works for us. Truly a gem and we love it!

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Susan P. Member Since 3/13/2016
Tasting With A View on 11/05/17 1:30 PM

Beautiful venue. Knowledgeable employees. Friendly customers. Delicious wines.

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Mark G. Member Since 9/8/2017
Tasting With A View on 11/05/17 10:00 AM

It was a great experience.

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Marie M. Member Since 10/26/2017
Tasting With A View on 11/03/17 12:00 PM

My friends and I attended the Iron Horse Vineyards tasting for sparkling wines for the second time because we love their wines and the natural beauty and ambiance of the vineyard. We were not disappointed. We ultimately became club members this time. The friendliness, helpfulness and professionalism of the staff was outstanding. Being able to picnic was an added extra special experience.

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Jonathan H. Member Since 1/10/2017
V.I.P. Tour & Tasting on 11/03/17 10:00 AM

One of the best experiences my wife and I have ever had at a vineyard. The staff and winemaker took time to discuss the entire winemaking process, and you can't beat the great vineyard view!!!

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kristin z. Member Since 9/28/2017
V.I.P. Tour & Tasting on 10/25/17 10:00 AM

We had a wonderful tasting experience. The VIP tour was worth the cost and the time we spent at the winery. We learned a lot and our host was knowledgeable and fun to chat with. I will go back and bring friends on the next visit.

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Katie K. Member Since 10/27/2017
Tasting With A View on 10/27/17 2:30 PM

Great place to taste wine and hang out!

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Dave L. Member Since 10/15/2016
Tasting With A View on 10/23/17 1:00 PM

The Best Bubbles in Sonoma County! Ask for Elvis!

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Darby T. Member Since 9/26/2012
V.I.P. Tour & Tasting on 10/05/17 10:00 AM

We loved our experience! The highlight was sampling some of the newly disgorged sparkling coming right off the bottling line!! After 10+ years in the wine industry, this was a first for me!

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Bobby S. Member Since 6/7/2016
Tasting With A View on 10/22/17 2:30 PM

The woman that poured for us was really friendly and her service was fantastic - we all definitely liked her. The only negative was the host who greeted us. She seemed to be in a bad mood, and then scolded us when we tried to pet the puppy who was with her at the entrance. I understand it's a service dog in training, but then maybe don't put the dog front and center when everyone gets there?

Overall Score 4 Star Rating 4/5
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Eileen M. Member Since 8/22/2017
Tasting With A View on 10/19/17 4:00 PM

Great visit, so happy Iron Horse was open on Oct 19. Great wine, especially the sparkling wine, but love the Pinot Noir we tasted as well. Brought two friends from NJ for their first trip to Sonoma area, and they loved this winery!

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Catherine C. Member Since 3/8/2014
Tasting With A View on 10/21/17 1:30 PM

Beautiful location and excellent wines

Overall Score 3 Star Rating 3/5
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Hospitality 2 Star Rating 2/5
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Michael K. Member Since 1/31/2016
Tasting With A View on 10/21/17 11:00 AM

Just another great visit to one of our favorite wineries in Sonoma. They were featuring their new sparkling rose' and it did not disappoint. All the sparkling wines were great and the Pinot's I tried were spectacular too. Carly took care of us and did a great job which is our typical experience at Iron Horse. Looking forward to our return trip in November.

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Steven P. Member Since 10/12/2017
Tasting With A View on 10/14/17 12:00 PM

Iron Horse is one of those vineyards that is a must see. It's a family run winery where the tasting room is outside. It feels authentic. They are known for their sparkling wines so definitely indulge in a flight but don't forget they offer a great variety of still white and red wines.

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Dolores B. Member Since 1/7/2016
Tasting With A View on 10/08/17 2:30 PM

I have been in the wine industry for seven years in Southern Oregon. Friends in your neighborhood had recommended iron horse. I am delighted they did. My initial call for a reservation was very responsive. When we arrived we were greeted kindly. By the end of our visit , we knew we would return. Timing is everything. This year we got oysters. So happy as out last visit was the flood. Thank you.

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Robert A. Member Since 10/6/2017
Tasting With A View on 10/08/17 10:30 AM

The view was great. The atmosphere was nice. The tasting was incredible. Carl did an outstanding job educating us and keeping us entertained. The overall experience made it 100% worth the trip. Unfortunately, our trip was cut short due to the fires, however, I am sure that we could not have come up with a better start to our vacation.

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Lisa A. Member Since 9/24/2017
Tasting With A View on 9/24/17 11:30 AM

Our visit to Ironhorse came about because of a recommendation! And are we ever thrilled that we took this to heart! LOVED every aspect of Ironhorse. Frist of all we were drawn here because we love Pinot Noir! We did the "Tasting with a View". Wine was superb - view was spectacular - all around lovely experience! This will be a MUST visit again!

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Halley M. Member Since 9/30/2015
Tasting With A View on 10/08/17 12:30 PM

Really enjoyed our tasting experience and coming on a Sunday when Oyster Girls were there. Only wish there was some seating, and the option to buy a glass of wine after our tasting.

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Jim S. Member Since 1/28/2017
Tasting With A View on 10/08/17 12:00 PM

Driving up to Iron Horse you may feel like to missed a turn. You will be on a narrow one lane, mostly gravel, road with lots of pot holes. Hang in there. It gets better. Iron Horse is a very relaxed, unpretentious open-air tasting area with beautiful views. Everyone is very friendly and welcoming. It's the wines that are the star of the show. Exceptional sparkling and still wines. Love it!

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 2 Star Rating 2/5
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Jen W. Member Since 10/6/2017
Tasting With A View on 10/06/17 11:30 AM

We thoroughly loved our experience! The view was breathtaking, the wine was delicious and Diana was the best! The tasting was laid back and comfortable and the view was one that we did not find anywhere else.

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Jim D. Member Since 9/17/2015
Tasting With A View on 10/06/17 2:30 PM

looking for a more formal experience, standing at the wine bar was not what I prefer.

Overall Score 2 Star Rating 2/5
First Impression 3 Star Rating 3/5
Hospitality 3 Star Rating 3/5
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Dede S. Member Since 9/30/2017
Tasting With A View on 10/03/17 11:30 AM

Beautiful views, wonderful wines and friendly atmosphere!!!

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Angela W. Member Since 9/14/2017
Tasting With A View on 9/30/17 11:30 AM

Beautiful spot Non pretentious Smooth, friendly, excellent service Chardonnay heavy, which was a downside for a couple of our friends, but appreciated by others (even a few of the sparklings were chardonnay-forward) Will return with people who don't have a strong dislike for chardonnay

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Christy R. Member Since 8/2/2017
Tasting With A View on 10/01/17 3:00 PM

This was our 2nd visit to Iron Horse, but our first under the new reservation system. It's sometimes hard to estimate times and we arrived about 45 minutes, but were accommodated immediately. Greatly enjoyed the ambiance and appreciated the umbrella shade! We came on a Sunday, so we also got to have some delicious oysters courtesy of the Oyster Girls. Overall, just a wonderful experience.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Elise C. Member Since 9/30/2017
Tasting With A View on 9/30/17 10:30 AM

The last part of the road was an adventure! But when we prevailed and kept going, is was INCREDIBLE! The view, the people the champagne...all outstanding. Would recommend this winery to everyone!??

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Teri J. Member Since 8/10/2017
Tasting With A View on 9/28/17 12:00 PM

The bubbles were solid and the view is great but the lady doing the tasting really made it a lackluster experience.

Overall Score 3 Star Rating 3/5
First Impression 4 Star Rating 4/5
Hospitality 2 Star Rating 2/5
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J. Markham C. Member Since 9/15/2017
Tasting With A View on 9/24/17 11:00 AM

Nice but a little commercial. Good wines. The set up reminded me of the free lunch at a Mexican resort, offered by time-share salesmen.

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Traci J. Member Since 9/14/2017
Tasting With A View on 9/20/17 10:00 AM

A perfect start to our wine tour day, John at Blue Star Wine Tours made this our first stop. The sparkling wines were delicious and the scenery is not to be beat - gorgeous! We all ordered wine to ship home and hope to come back someday.

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Mark R. Member Since 9/18/2017
Tasting With A View on 9/24/17 2:30 PM

Could class it up

Overall Score 3 Star Rating 3/5
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Rebecca C. Member Since 9/17/2017
Tasting With A View on 9/23/17 3:00 PM

Everyone here was so welcoming and friendly. We had Diana doing our tasting and she was so amazing! We had gone for our 2 year wedding anniversary and we really couldn't have asked for better hospitality. We will definitely be going back, it's beautiful, quiet, and the sparkling wines are delicious! Best experience at a winery ever!

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