Nov 132012

Although wine tasting is available only to those 21 and older, these wineries offer amenities for families with children.

Although wine tasting is available only to those 21 and older, these wineries offer amenities for families with children.

Landmark Vineyards is a family owned winery (the owners are descendants of John Deere, the tractor guy) particularly known for their Chardonnay as well as their Pinot Noir and Syrah. Featuring an old mission style building with beautiful fountains, a large pond, and expansive lawn space, Landmark is a great spot for family picnics. They offer Wagon Tours on the weekends, call ahead. (707) 833-0053 101 Adobe Canyon Road, Sonoma. •

Benziger Family Winery offers just about everything you can want in a winery experience with great wines, beautiful gardens, grand views, bio-diversity, hourly jeep tours, picnic grounds, and a great playground for the kids. 1883 London Ranch Road, Glen Ellen 707-935-3000. •

Set in the rolling hills of the Russian River Valley, Arista Winery is one of the best wineries for family picnics, especially if you’re in or are planning on visiting Healdsburg. You’ll find beautiful gardens with fountains, small waterfalls, patio and garden picnic tables. A great midday stop before heading out on your afternoon adventures. 7015 Westside Road, Healdsburg (707) 473-06067015. •

Larson Family Winery is an old rodeo ranch and has a distinct cowboy feel to it. It’s a relaxed, family friendly winery with plenty of picnic tables, a bocce ball court, and green grass for blankets. The kids will enjoy the collection of farm animals including horses and adventurous pygmy goats. Located near the Sonoma/Napa split on Highway 128. 23355 Millerick Rd. Sonoma 707-938-3031. •

A charming, vintage country home draws you in to one of our favorite small wineries. Cline Cellars offers beautiful picnic areas, a half dozen fountains and pools (no swimming), a bird aviary, and a breathtaking array of roses, flowers, trees, and native plants. With all these amenities, you can be sure your family will have a perfect Wine Country family outing. 24737 Arnold Drive, Sonoma 707-940-4000

Castello di Amorosa offers wine tasting in a genuine castle.The castle was created to mirror a 13th century medieval Tuscan-style castle. Children under 5 are not allowed on the tours; however, there is a discounted rate for tours for minors between 5 and 20 years old. The tours vary in length and can include visits to different parts of this expansive castle. Parents with children of any age can also enjoy their visit without a tour. Admission into the castle covers tasting fees and additionally grants access to the two main levels of the castle. During the busiest time of year, a private tasting area is set up just for parents with children. While parents enjoy tasting Castello di Amorosa wines, their children enjoy coloring and sipping grape juice. 4045 Saint Helena Highway, Calistoga 707.967.6272

Sterling Vineyards boasts one of the best views of Napa Valley. To reach the top of the amazing view from 300 feet above Calistoga, visitors ride an aerial tram that takes them up the hill and over the beautiful landscape. Special pricing for visitors under 21, visitors under 3 years old ride for free. It’s a great tour for families, being self-guided you can go at your own pace.1111 Dunaweal Lane, Calistoga 707-942-3344. •

Tudal Family Winery offers a bocce court, an enticing flower and vegetable garden and a collection of historic farm tractors, tools and vintage novelties.They also make an incredible Cabernet Savignon. Kids can explore the grounds while you sip and relax. 1015 Big Tree Road, St. Helena. (707) 963-3947.

At Robert Mondavi Winery, the impressive entrance includes a fountain and a towering statue. Inside there are  rooms offering different tastings and a selection of tours. Children under 13 years old are not permitted on the Signature Tour but children of all ages are allowed on the 30 minute Discovery Tour. Beyond the entrance, a lawn area stretches around the back of the winery offering views of the hills in the distance. The winery also features an art collection of sculptures, artifacts, and paintings. Highway 29, Oakville. 888.766.6328 •

The Clif Family Winery combines their love for the outdoors and wine all into one with the Vino Velo shop that provides wine tasting and bicycles for the whole family to enjoy. Your family can take a nice ride along the winery after the adults get a taste of the Climber Red wine or maybe the Kits Killer Cab Sauvignon. 1312 Vidovich Ave., St. Helena (707) 968-0625 •

At St. Supery Vineyards & Winery, families can enjoy their gallery, a self-paced tour, and a game of petanque, which is similar to Bocce. St. Supery supplies all the equipment and instruction you’ll need. 8440 S St Helena Hwy. Napa. (707) 963-4507 •

The grounds at Frog’s Leap are flat and spacious. This is a very child friendly winery complete with coloring books and juice boxes for the kids enhanced by 5 acres of fruit and vegetable gardens, chickens, bees, and a resident cow! There is also a large gold fish pond and room to run. 8815 Conn Creek Road, Rutherford. 707-963-4704

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