Days inherently become more magical just by sipping some wine, but imagine enjoying a glass while taking in a stunning vineyard view. If a panoramic view of rolling vineyards at sunset is your cup of vino, you’ll find plenty to ooh and ahh over at the picture-perfect wineries of Yolo County.
Get ready to sit back, relax and plan your next outing because we’ve rounded up a go-to list of scenic Yolo County vineyards where you may go to sip the wine, but you’ll stay for the glorious views, architecture and ambiance. Even better, most of the wineries listed here are included in the Yolo County Tasting Pass, which offers you the opportunity to plan a wine tasting jaunt to either three or six wineries for a sweet price.
Matchbook Wine Company is a family-owned and operated winery with 1,600 beautiful acres of estate vineyards. They produce a unique family of wines that showcase the flavor and potential of the area.
The sights: Sink in and enjoy a picturesque patio with a spectacular vineyard view of the rolling Dunnigan Hills. Matchbook regularly hosts food trucks for snacking and music for relaxing while guests take in the view.
The site: www.matchbookwines.com
Great Bear Vineyards
Voted best winery 2020 by Sacramento Magazine, Great Bear tends to all of their vines by hand and implements sustainable farming practices. They handcraft small lots of award-winning, vegan wines with minimal intervention. The homestead, barn and gardens date back to 1860, giving the winery a true sense of place and history.
The sights: Nestled on the edge of Davis in Northern California, this beautiful vineyard hosts an abundance of wildflowers, bird and animal life.
The site: www.greatbearvineyards.com
Seka Hills serves wines, artisan olive oils and specialty foods from the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation. With a focus on conservation and sustainability, Seka Hills is committed to teaching our next generations to respect and care for the land.
The sights: Escape to the rolling hills and grasslands of the Capay Valley with views that are too beautiful not to drink to.
The site: www.sekahills.com
Home to four vineyards — The Ridge, Terroir, Chamisal Creek and Valley View — Grindstone has delivered wine perfection since 1997.
The sights: At Grindstone, the scenery is always free to those enjoying their wines. Patio tables are on a first-come, first-served basis and the park is the perfect place for picnicking and enjoying bottles.
The site: www.grindstonewines.com
Berryessa Gap’s roots go back to both Spanish and German farmers who first planted and farmed fruit. Today, the grapes are sourced from over 60 acres of rolling hills of coastal range.
The sights: Guests are invited to visit the tasting room on their vineyard property or in downtown Winters. Memorable, low key and picturesque, the production facility and tasting room on Highway 128 anchors the eastern gateway to the Napa Valley and beyond. There’s live music paired with great local wine, and the downtown room offers a casual daytime setting for wine tasting.
The site: www.berryessagap.com
Turkovich Family Wines
Surrounded by rich agricultural land and soaked in the warm California sun, Turkovich Family Wines produces quality small-lot wines in Yolo County.
The sights:Vineyard visitors can expect to see expanses of golden rolling hills dotted with patches of green oak trees and vineyards all tucked in against the Vaca Mountains. Like Berryessa Gap, Turkovich also has a tasting room on their winery property and a tasting room in downtown Winters.
The site: www.turkovichwines.com/
Taber Ranch touts 14 acres of vines including Sauvignon Blanc, Petit Verdot and Chardonnay. All of their grapes are all estate-grown, hand-harvested and custom crushed.
The sights: Visit their tasting room, lay back on the green grass under the almond trees and enjoy the view of the spectacular Capay Valley.
The site: www.taberranch.com
Photo Credit: James Bennett
Old Sugar Mill
Fourteen tasting rooms. One beautiful location. Built in 1934 as an operating beet sugar refinery, the Old Sugar Mill now offers varietals from all over Northern California. Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Barbera, Tempranillo, Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc and Sangiovese are just a few of their featured wines.
The sights: Located in the heart of the Clarksburg AVA, the Old Sugar Mill is a classic destination for enjoying world-class wines with friends and family.
The site: www.oldsugarmill.com
Having a hard time deciding which view to choose? Don’t forget about the Yolo County Tasting Pass, which offers you the opportunity to plan a wine tasting jaunt to either three or six wineries for a sweet price. We look forward to sharing our views with you for a day or two or three – check out these lodging specials to make a trip of it. Trust us, you’ll want to savor the views long after your glass is empty.
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