The Five Best Wineries You’ve Never Heard of in Santa Rosa
Where to go in an up-and-coming (and often overlooked) wine town.
August 3, 2016
By Ian White
It’s easy blow past Santa Rosa on the way to weekend destinations like Russian River, Healdsburg, or even Bodega Bay. But it’s worth hopping off 101 to explore the historic and growing population of vineyards and wineries in the area. Once you dip below 65 m.p.h. on the speedometer, there’s plenty to discover: Santa Rosa wineries are up and coming, offering some killer wines at reasonable prices, and—dare we say—they’re hip. Here are five of our favorites.
Winery: Inman Family Wines
Wine to try: RRV chardonnay, $35
What makes this place special: Owner Kathleen Inman is a pioneer in organic farming and natural winemaking, and she does everything from tractor driving and winemaking to pouring wines in the tasting room. Inman offers “a bed and get your own breakfast,” where you can stay the night and make dinner with veggies from the organic vegetable garden. Bottles here are spendy, but the process and product are well worth it, and the wines are elegant, layered, and vivacious.