October 22, 2009
One of my absolute favorite places to relax and getaway for an afternoon is the southern corridor of Sonoma on Highway 121. Along this route are three of my favorite wineries, an amazing European Antiques store, and my favorite high end salvage shop. I always take visitors to Viansa winery, a little piece of Italy in the southern part of Sonoma, built on a hilltop to capture valley views. Guests love to snap photos of the architecture of this winery, with its tiled rooftops and terra cotta colored walls covered with climbing ivy.
Whenever visitors come to town, this is where I like to take them for an incredible afternoon.
The grounds are covered in olive trees, statues, flowers, and grapevines.
This sentiment captures the mood of the property.
Inside the tasting room, there are two separate bars to taste wine, and a mouthwatering collection of gourmet treats in their store, including olive oils, tapenades, vinegars, grilling sauces, and other culinary delights.
Viansa has expansive lawns and picnic grounds, and has a terrace where any visitor can see the Sonoma valley.
Another favorite stop reminiscent of Italy is right next door. The rustic stone Jacuzzi Winery was completed in 2007, but the architecture manages to fool you into thinking it has been there since the family immigrated to America in 1907.
Jacuzzi is a modern model of sustainable farming practices that makes this wine tasting facility not only beautiful but environmentally conscious. The courtyard, piazza, fountains, and barrel room are elegant and worthy of any special event.
An added treat is The Olive Press tasting room featuring local olive oils, and the expansive selections of unfiltered blends with The Olive Press label. Also noteworthy for their unique fragrance are the candles and soaps made from olive oil.
If I can spare the time, I love to pop into Sonoma Country Antiques to browse their collection of European imports and be inspired.
I’d give a limb for one of these pricey antique French wine jugs. Swoon ! A girl can dream, right ?