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Valley of the Moon Winery

Sonoma, CA

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  • Bar Tasting $35.00/ppGROUP SIZE 1 - 25

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    Our seated Tasting Bar provides our guests with a more casual experience. Visitors to the Tasting Bar enjoy five wines in an elegant yet relaxed setting. Our current flight features exclusive vineyard small lot wines coming from the historic Madrone vineyards which were originally planted in 1863. We focus on showcasing the unique terroir, viticulture and wine practices by highlighting unique varietals and verticals of the estate wines. For Same Day Reservations CALL 70 Seven 939 4522 Approximately 45 Minutes.

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  • Salon Tasting $30.00/ppGROUP SIZE 1 - 10

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    Our contemporary tasting room honors the Estate's rich history in a fusion of rustic warmth and modern style. Ease into rich leather armchairs, sip and savor at an ancient oak table, or just relax at your own private table. Our current flight features exclusive vineyard small lot wines coming from the historic Madrone vineyards which were originally planted in 1863. - For Same Day Reservations CALL 70 Seven 939 4522 Approximately 1 Hour.

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  • Wine & Cheese Pairing $50.00/ppGROUP SIZE 1 - 29

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    We believe that wine, food and friends belong at the table together. Our culinary program unities all three. Experience the Sonoma wine lifestyle. Delight in five wines perfectly paired with local artisan cheese and accompaniments as you relax in our recently renovated tasting room, or take in the breathtaking view on our expansive patio. Weather permitting. For Same Day Reservations CALL 70 Seven 939 4522 Approximately 1 Hour.

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  • Wine & Chocolate Pairing $50.00/ppGROUP SIZE 1 - 29

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    Celebrate your decadent side with a flight featuring five wines as you experience how adding specially-selected chocolates to a tasting can make for a unique wine pairing experience. For Same Day Reservations CALL 70 Seven 939 4522 Approximately 12 Hours.

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About Valley of the Moon Winery

Embracing a Sonoma Valley Tradition

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Established in 1863, Valley of the Moon Winery at Madrone Estate is the original gateway to the stunning Sonoma Valley and the oldest operating winery in Glen Ellen. An original stone barrel cellar, sunny patios, a bocce court and open vistas welcome you to an incomparable wine country setting at the heart of Sonoma Valley's wine-making heritage. Relax on the sunny patio amidst 100-year old vines as you sip on estate wines from our portfolio. We invite you to experience our rich, rooted history by enjoying a taste of our small-lot wines.

Come join us. We look forward to serving you.

Notable Features

  • Bocce Ball
  • Boutique Winery
  • Corporate Events
  • Electric Vehicle Charging
  • Family Owned
  • Food Service
  • Historic Building
  • Intimate Setting or Venue
  • Limited Production
  • Olive Orchard
  • Pet Friendly
  • Picnic Area
  • Scenic View
  • Special Events
  • Weddings
Experiences

  • Chocolate Pairing
  • General Tasting
  • Seated Tasting
  • Wine and Cheese
Varietals Offered

  • Barbera
  • Bordeaux Blend
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Chardonnay
  • Petite Sirah
  • Pinot Blanc
  • Pinot Noir
  • Port Wine
  • Rosé
  • Sangiovese
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Syrah
  • Zinfandel

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Average Score from CellarPass VisitorsMy Parents
Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 4/5
Ambiance 4/5
Kenna P. Member Since 1/4/2018Evil Stepmother
Wine & Cheese Pairing on 11/09/19 3:30 PM

Absolutely the worst wine tasting I've ever had. No one spent any time with us besides the chef to explain the cheese we had. We were given 0 explanation of the vineyard, what we were tasting, etc. The staff seemed more focused on cleaning up and leaving exactly at 5 than hosting us. After 0 communication they had the audacity to ask if we wanted to join the wine club.

Overall Score 1/5
First Impression 3/5
Hospitality 1/5
Ambiance 1/5
Julia H. Member Since 10/14/2019My BFF
Chef's Choice 4-Course Wine & Food Pairing on 10/19/19 3:00 PM

I enjoyed this experience in every possible way. The food was incredible and the setting was absolutely perfect! Thanks for having us and accommodating our party of 12!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Anthony B. Member Since 10/14/2019My BFF
Chef's Choice 4-Course Wine & Food Pairing on 10/19/19 3:00 PM

Loved loved loved it!!! Perfect farewell lunch for our group. Beautiful ambience and even better food!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Karla R. Member Since 10/8/2019My Parents
Chef's Choice 4-Course Wine & Food Pairing on 10/12/19 3:00 PM

Every single person we encountered was so lovely and welcoming, especially Rita and the chef. Everything tasted delicious. It was an unforgettable birthday for my partner. I can't wait to come back!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Connie A. Member Since 4/8/2019My BFF
Salon Tasting on 9/12/19 1:00 PM

We had a wonderful time at our tasting. The staff was very pleasant and knowledgeable and we loved the causal relaxed atmosphere. We were able to sit and sip our wine and enjoy each one on the tasting menu. Our host was wonderful and he let us take our last tasting to the back patio and even served us at the bocce court. The grounds were lovely.

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 4/5
Durenda T. Member Since 9/19/2015Evil Stepmother
Bar Tasting on 9/21/19 11:00 AM

There was very little interaction with anyone at the winery. Even though there was practically no one in the tasting room, the individual pouring the wine really didn't seem to want to talk to anyone. We couldn't even get descriptions of the wines we were tasting.

Overall Score 1/5
First Impression 3/5
Hospitality 1/5
Ambiance 1/5
Erin P. Member Since 9/20/2019My Boss
Salon Tasting on 9/21/19 1:30 PM

The winery was very busy and at times, our group of 10 was either ignored or overlooked. I felt like they could have been more attentive and even explained the wines more to first time tasters. The area where we had our tasting felt like an after-thought. I have been to a lot of wineries in Sonoma and have had better service.

Overall Score 3/5
First Impression 3/5
Hospitality 3/5
Ambiance 3/5
Claude P. Member Since 3/28/2017My BFF
Wine & Cheese Pairing on 7/08/19 3:30 PM

Our host did an excellent job and was very accommodating since my wife drinks only reds and I drink only whites. He poured the wines all at one time so we could compare different vintages and vineyards. Loved the Chardonnay and my wife really liked the reds.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Laura H. Member Since 7/11/2017My BFF
Chef's Choice 4-Course Wine & Food Pairing on 7/05/19 11:30 AM

Overall, our experience was very positive. Pros: the food was amazing. Chef Sam was personable and made each course special with delicious details. The wines were pretty good and paired well. The grounds are gorgeous and relaxing. Cons: for the price ($85 incl), add 1 more course. Should have offered Rose' while waiting. James knowledgable but we r local/industry so no need for spiel.

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 4/5
Ambiance 5/5
Lori W. Member Since 8/11/2013My BFF
Chef's Choice 4-Course Wine & Food Pairing on 6/15/19 1:00 PM

Food and wine pairing was exceptional. Chef Sam perfectly paired the wines and accommodated a dairy and gluten allergy with ease! Highly recommend!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Cathy D. Member Since 5/12/2019My BFF
Wine & Cheese Pairing on 6/10/19 3:30 PM

We enjoyed a wine and cheese pairing at Valley of the Moon! When we indicated we didn’t like white wines, he was kind to change up the tasting to our preferences. We enjoyed the wine so much we got to taste others offered by the Estate! We bought 6 bottles and look forward to everyone of them!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Alyssa S. Member Since 5/23/2019My BFF
Bar Tasting on 5/29/19 2:00 PM

It was amazing...very nice atmosphere and staff was awesome!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Heather A. Member Since 3/27/2019My BFF
Wine & Chocolate Pairing on 3/31/19 3:30 PM

We did the wine and chocolate pairing.. amazing!!! John was super cool and treated us like royalty!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Liz O. Member Since 11/4/2014My Ex
Wine & Cheese Pairing on 3/23/19 3:30 PM

We booked through Cellarpass - but evidently our reservation never showed in their system. I had called a week or two before to confirm and realized there was no reservation, so I made one with the winery directly. Requested outside and they notated the reservation. When we arrived to the winery there was all sorts of confusion. We ended up inside and the service was terrible!!!

Overall Score 1/5
First Impression 2/5
Hospitality 1/5
Ambiance 2/5
Lori M. Member Since 8/3/2018My Ex
Wine & Chocolate Pairing on 3/22/19 3:30 PM

Barely greeted. Signed up for chocolate and wine pairing. Given very little info about wine. The chocolate pieces were larger than the wine pour so can’t really rate wine

Overall Score 1/5
First Impression 3/5
Hospitality 1/5
Ambiance 1/5
Jean H. Member Since 1/16/2014My Frenemy
Patio Tasting *includes Cheese & Charcuterie on 2/26/19 1:00 PM

Looks like it would be very pleasant to sit out in nice weather although the weather did not cooperate with us. Wines were OK. Biggest lack was information on the wines and winery. Did not learn too much. Seemed like the kind of place to go if you were not looking to really learn about the wines and winery in depth, just go for a tasting and pleasant experience. Depends on what you want.

Overall Score 2/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 4/5
Ambiance 4/5
Ashley N. Member Since 5/21/2018My BFF
Salon Tasting on 12/15/18 1:00 PM

Great for groups, beautiful property

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 2/5
Ambiance 5/5
Seth M. Member Since 10/10/2018My Boss
Chef's Choice 3-Course Wine & Food Pairing on 12/08/18 12:00 PM

We booked a reservation for a party of 7 for lunch last Saturday. Chef Sam came to our table and explained what was going to happen then continued to visit with us before each course was served to explain what was being served and how it was paired with the wine we were drinking. The entire meal was farm fresh from the local community. He also made adjustments for one non drinker in our party.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Billy V. Member Since 3/26/2014My BFF
Window Block Kitchen - Table for 2 on 11/10/18 6:00 PM

Everything was awesome! Food wine and price!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
wendy m. Member Since 10/29/2018My Boss
Patio Tasting *includes Cheese & Charcuterie on 11/10/18 1:00 PM

Although I thought the vineyard grounds were pretty - I would sadly say the service was merely OK. We used to live in Northern California and got to visit this area a lot when we were residents - and now we just get to visit periodically. The charcuterie plate was delicious - but didn't have an amazing experience with your wine unfortunately.

Overall Score 3/5
First Impression 3/5
Hospitality 2/5
Ambiance 3/5
Jerry C. Member Since 10/15/2018My BFF
Chef's Choice 3-Course Wine & Food Pairing on 11/03/18 1:00 PM

Great food and wine parings. Sam made this experience more personal and enjoyable. James was very knowledgeable about the wine and winery. Very nice setting and was much more than we expected. This should be on everyone's schedule.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Richard C. Member Since 9/30/2018My BFF
Chef's Choice 3-Course Wine & Food Pairing on 10/07/18 12:00 PM

Very friendly service. Food was great. You can’t bear the price.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Jessica A. Member Since 9/30/2018My BFF
Chef's Choice 3-Course Wine & Food Pairing on 10/05/18 12:00 PM

Everything here was fantastic from beginning to end. We were greeted with a glass of wine and a short tour of the grounds. Everyone was very friendly and accommodating, and Chef Sam's tasting menu was delicious and artfully prepared. We enjoyed every wine we tasted. The atmosphere was laid back and comfortable, yet still special. It was a great experience all around and I will definitely be back!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Alissa C. Member Since 8/6/2018My BFF
Salon Tasting on 9/14/18 1:00 PM

We had a great experience doing a tasting. It was great walking around and seeing the fall tables and their natural gourd centerpieces. We had the charcuterie board which was also very good.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Michelle W. Member Since 8/23/2018My Boss
Wine & Cheese Pairing on 8/26/18 10:30 AM

Overall experience was great. I loved the wine and the cheese pairings were oustanding. HOWEVER, the wine guide was overtly offensive and not PC. I would definitely go again but make sure you get a guide who is formal and kind.

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 2/5
Ambiance 3/5
Caroline M. Member Since 8/28/2018Evil Stepmother
Patio Tasting *includes Cheese & Charcuterie on 8/31/18 3:00 PM

We will not be returning

Overall Score 1/5
First Impression 1/5
Hospitality 1/5
Ambiance 1/5
Chris A. Member Since 5/24/2013My BFF
Window Block Kitchen - Table for 2 on 6/30/18 7:00 PM

Wonderful food pairing with wines Sitting on the patio next to the vines What could be better ? Great interaction with the Chef -Sam

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Malcolm C. Member Since 7/13/2018My BFF
Window Block Kitchen - Table for 2 on 7/15/18 5:30 PM

***** This was our third visit to Window Block Kitchen. The dining area is delightfully situated at the edge of a block of very old Zin vines. The chef obviously loves food and wine and loves sharing his creations, coming out to char=t with guests about how the food and wine were chosen to work together. It's a beautiful place to enjoy fine food and fine wines in the fine Sonoma evenings.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Barbara W. Member Since 10/14/2014My Ex
Salon Tasting on 7/06/18 11:30 AM

Beautiful property, inside and outside are just lovely. A very nice place to drink average wines. They do offer food as well, but we did not try the food.

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 4/5
Ambiance 5/5
Alyssa W. Member Since 5/30/2018My BFF
Patio Tasting *includes Cheese & Charcuterie on 6/09/18 11:00 AM

We went here for a bachelorette party with 9 girls and it was amazing! The wine was so good, and the cheese/charcheuterie plate was amazing, we kept talking about it all weekend. Super accommodating to our large group and knowledgeable about their wines. Really pretty as well. Highly recommend

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Laura G. Member Since 5/28/2018My BFF
Chef's Choice 3-Course Wine & Food Pairing on 6/08/18 11:30 AM

We had a terrific time. Everyone was very welcoming when we arrived, Chris took great care of us, a lovely table outside to enjoy Chef Sam's cooking.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Joetta C. Member Since 6/23/2017My BFF
Reserve Tasting & Tour on 5/19/18 10:30 AM

We had a private tour, then enjoyed a seated pairing of wines and cheese/charcuterie. We thought the wines were so good that we joined the wine club, placing our first order that day. Our host, Bill, provided a tremendous amount of historical information throughout our 2+ hour tour and tasting.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Shrishti B. Member Since 3/9/2018My Parents
Walking Tour & Taste on 3/24/18 3:00 PM

I came in here for my 25th birthday with some friends. We did a walking tour with wine tasting. We loved the venue, and I ended up becoming a member. They also have another location in downtown sonoma which I thought was a little smaller than the main one, but def nice. Def recommend it!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
monica b. Member Since 9/19/2013My BFF
Salon Tasting on 3/17/18 2:30 PM

Very welcoming. Fun, open atmosphere.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Ilycia K. Member Since 10/29/2017My BFF
Chef's Choice 3-Course Wine & Food Pairing on 11/03/17 11:30 AM

Wonderful experience. Chef Sam took us through a fall culinary journey perfectly paired with wines. Enjoyed all the history of the vineyard as well as those working there’s history. (Shout out James!).

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Gary W. Member Since 7/5/2017My Ex
Bar Tasting on 10/05/17 11:00 AM

We ordered the meat and cheese plate with our wine samples. Steve was patient and made our experience amazing

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Emily T. Member Since 7/5/2017My Frenemy
Patio Tasting *includes Cheese & Charcuterie on 7/28/17 3:00 PM

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Overall Score 3/5
First Impression 2/5
Hospitality 1/5
Ambiance 3/5
Carole D. Member Since 7/18/2017My Parents
Wine Affinities on 7/23/17 2:00 PM

We are in the industry and appreciated the time and conversation we had with Mark as he led us through our tasting. It was enjoyable experience.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Thomas C. Member Since 5/22/2017My Parents
Bar Tasting on 5/28/17 10:00 AM

Great outdoor terrace for tasting. We did not feel rushed at all, casual feel we enjoyed.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Lydia C. Member Since 10/13/2016My BFF
Patio Tasting on 4/15/17 11:00 AM

Great patio tasting - a bit cool early in the morning, but the space was great. The tasting fee is less on site than online which is frustrating for those who make a reservation online and see that everyone else is getting the same thing for $10 less. Make that clearer online or make pricing the same. Wines were adequate but not amazing. Still a great experience and I would come back again.

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5

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