Visitors can find a little slice Italy right in Sonoma, CA ,if the they stop by Petroni Vineyards, (a world-class winery with a down home feeling and atmosphere).
I fell in love the first time I went to Petroni Vineyards Spring of 2016. A guest had booked us, and had an appointment at Petroni. Typically this is how I find out about little vineyards (through my guests). I have referred many groups, none of which complained, (all have a fabulous time). I also like them because they can handle small and large groups.
Nestled up in the east hills of Sonoma Valley you’re treated to not only exceptional views, but warm, friendly family welcomings, and some bold fruity wines. From the moment you pull into the parking lot, visitors are greeted with wine and taken on a tour of the property. The tour ends in their cave, settling in at a table, but only after you are shown the grounds, (complete with a veggie garden, fig trees with yummy figs, a flower garden, and their own beehives).
To get to Petroni Vineyards, it is a windy road which becomes a single lane road, with views of rural farms nestled in between the Mayacamas Mountains. Peeking around a bend you have made it to the vineyard as you see the Italy flag waving next to the American flag, and you are in for a treat.
It’s a great experience being inside the cave and catered to one-on-one with someone knowledgeable about their wines, talking about the vineyards, and answering any questions you might have. Another perk is being off the grid, so you won’t get any annoying phone calls – time to relax and enjoy what Petroni Vineyards has to offer. (Often times our groups get so relaxed, we have to go in and to let the guests know that they’ve been there too long). I will allow 90 minutes to 2 hours for an appointment here, but I’ve had guests stay over two hours.
Next time you are visiting the Napa/Sonoma area, be sure if you drink, you don’t drive, and contact Deanna at: WineTourDrivers.com.