Ravenswood Winery#10 in Best Things To Do in Sonoma
Known for its award-winning zinfandels, the 40-year-old Ravenswood Winery lives by the credo of its founding winemaker, Joel Peterson: "no wimpy wines." Ravenswood is also known for its single vineyard wines, a designation that means the wine was produced from grapes from the same vineyard. Ravenswood also produces bottles of cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay and merlot, among others.
Recent travelers said the staff members at Ravenswood were knowledgeable and friendly, and that the view from the patio is breathtaking. Others, who winery-hopped via a bike tour, said Ravenswood offered one of Sonoma's most laid-back experiences, making it a welcome place to relax.
Located less than 2 miles northeast of Sonoma Plaza, Ravenswood Winery is open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., excluding major holidays. Groups of six or fewer people can walk in without a reservation and enjoy a wine tasting, which start at $18 per person. Larger groups will need to book a reservation by calling ahead. For more information, visit the winery's website.
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#1 Sonoma Plaza
Centered in the heart of town, the historic Sonoma Plaza is a must-do. Once a Mexican military station and a Spanish mission village, the 8-acre park is now lined with more than 100 shops, dozens of eateries, and more than 20 tasting rooms. What's more, it's a National Historic Monument. Recent visitors highly recommended spending some time here window shopping, wine tasting, dining and even letting the kids run around the on-site playground. Reviewers said the plaza's atmosphere is both charming and family-friendly, and they suggested visiting on a Tuesday morning to take advantage of the weekly farmers market.
Sonoma Plaza is located in central Sonoma. Restaurants and shops have varying opening and closing times. Street parking is available, but with three-hour limits from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For extended parking options, consider leaving your vehicle in one of the free all-day lots located nearby, such as the one at First Street East, located across from the mission. For more information, visit Sonoma Plaza's website.
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