There was a time when you would not bring your children with you while wine tasting. Today, many wineries encourage children to join in on the experience. Some even cater to the children. They can learn about the farming techniques, visit the animals, run around on the lawns, play bocce ball, go for a swim, and have a picnic.
Below you will find a list of different kid friendly wineries in Sonoma Valley. Each winery offers its own unique experience for the family. Every winery on this list offers a place to picnic, so bring along some of wine country’s favorite cheeses, sandwiches, and fresh produce. You will enjoy your picnic on the beautiful vineyard grounds, that will make a picturesque place to enjoy lunch. This makes a memorable experience for the whole family in wine country.
Landmark Vineyards in Kenwood
Every Saturday, from May through October, Landmark Vineyards offers complimentary horse drawn carriage tours. Tours are held between 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm. The tour is led by third generation Sonoma Valley Farmer, Pat Prather. On the tour, you will learn about estate viticulture practices, winemaking techniques, and Sonoma wine history.
Larson Family Winery
The Larson Family Winery’s land has been in the family for nearly 120 years. The largest rodeo in Northern California was once located here. In their historic rodeo barn, you can enjoy a tasting and memorabilia that tells about their five generation family story.
Enjoy an afternoon here at the family winery! The grounds have redwood tables, bocce ball courts, a large lawn, and goats. You can bring your own picnic or purchase picnic food here.
Francis Ford Coppola Winery
Francis Ford Coppola created a winery that brings families together. Located at the winery is two swimming pools with chaise lounge chairs surrounding the pools. You can purchase pool passes online or at the winery.
The main attraction is the movie gallery located inside the winery. Francis’s movie memorabilia is from 5 decades of films. Most popular is the desk from the movie the GodFather or the original car rotating in the center of the winery from the movie Tucker. This winery makes great fun for the whole family!
Cornerstone Sunset Gardens & Marketplace
The Cornerstone Sunset Gardens are collection of interactive art exhibits, that are ever changing. Some of the gardens stay just a season, others stay for several seasons. Your children will enjoy going through the mazes, tunnels, bridges, and things to climb on. The best part is the gardens are FREE to explore. Bring food for a picnic or you can grab the fixings at the Marketplace.
Cline Family Cellars
Pack a picnic and head over to the family run Cline Family Cellars. If you want a picnic table, reservations are $10. The parents will enjoy the wine, they offer a FREE tasting!
The family can learn more about the history of the winery at the California Missions Museum and see the barrel room. On the property, children will love the resident turtles, birds, fish, and donkeys.
Benziger Family Winery
Take a Biodynamic Vineyard Tram tour. This is great fun for the whole family. The tour rides around the vineyard in a tram, giving you and your family a close up picturesque view of the vineyard while learning about the biodynamic farming practices. You will also visit the wine caves and winemaking facility. The children will also love getting to see some of the animals on the farm.
Preston Farm & Winery
The Preston Farm and Winery is for cat lovers! In addition to cats, you will also see sheep, and may even get to bottle feed a lamb. The winery has gardens and bocce ball courts.
This estate winery has a tasting room, farm shop, and bakery with a wood-fired oven. The farm shop is full of fresh produce grown on the farm, estate pressed olive oil and cured olives, sourdough loaves of bread, and pickles. After visiting the farm shop, enjoy a picnic with your family in the gardens.