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Benziger Family Winery, Glen Ellen

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Farm Tourist Spot
Visit one of the few wineries in the United States certified for its use biodynamics at Benziger Family Winery. Learn how this organic system combines compost, natural predator-prey relationships, cover crops, and animals to create healthy, natural vineyards. Tour the vineyards, fermentation facility, crush pad, and barrel caves, and then sample the result with a wine tasting. Some tours fill up, so try to reserve as far in advance as you can. To visit Benziger Family Winery on your trip to Glen Ellen, use our Glen Ellen travel itinerary planner.
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  • Great wine tasting on a special vineyard. Awesome experience. Thanks to the Gaige House for their recommendation (Thank you Ruth and Ashley).  more »
  • Wonderful grounds where picnics are allowed with food brought along. Amazing vineyards and interesting information posted in various areas. Tasting is very nice with your own guide in small groups. A ...  more »
  • My husband and I wanted to tour a winery while on our cross country trip. Picked Benziger because of their biodynamic farming. On the tram tour learned about wine production from start to finish. Had ...  more »
  • Wonderful winery with lovely wines. Tasted 5 different red ones and all of them were heavenly, also got a glass of rosé (it was like 100F outside so that was so sweet) and that as well was so nice. Emily did a nice job assisting us, can highly recommend this place!
  • My husband and I only spent one day in Sonoma, since he doesn't particularly like wine. Benziger was our second stop, and by far our favorite winery. We took the farm tour & had a great guide - both personable and informative. We really enjoyed learning about the biodynamic & organic farming efforts, the grape varieties and growing environments, the wine processing & cave storage, all with a glass or two of their chardonnay along the way. The land is breathtaking - picturesque with hills of vineyards, olive trees, flowers, and even a small redwood grove! From the farm workers, to the tour operators, to the tasting room personnel, all the employees we met were friendly, informative, and approachable. And the wine was delicious - my husband even found 2 bottles he liked. They had a few "grades", with tasting options for most. The only thing we found annoying were the 2 couples who brought along their 2-3 year old kids (we have 5 kiddos, so we aren't nontolerant, anti-kid personalities). While the kids enjoyed riding around the vineyards, they were too young to be still or quiet when the tour guide was talking. To his credit, the tour guide remained professional, trying to minimize the distractions and ensure the rest of us still had a great experience. All in all, I would highly recommend this winery. The tasting room, photography opportunities, and learning experiences were top notch without being "over the top" or "snooty". I would not recommend this location, and especially the tours, for children under the age of 8 or 9. Older children would likely enjoy the educational aspects of the tour & of course the views!
  • I was a part of a group of 5 also with a 5 month old came in right as they were opening for tastings. Tommy was our pourer for our tasting and was passionate and knowledgeable on the wines and the company. He was patient with us when the baby distracted us and still was able to hit the sales points necessary to sell us on becoming club members. I signed up because the product is excellent and reasonably priced.
  • Highly recommended! Beautiful grounds where the staff is carrying for the bus, sheep and grapes! Fully biodynamic winery and vineyard. The tour of the grounds and facility were very informative. The wine and servers in the tasting room were wonderful!
  • This was on my list because it's a biodynamic winery. Luckily, we checked into our hotel (Olea) and they gave us a winery passport and this winery was in it offering free tastings for 2. We walked in after 4pm and he place was mostly empty, maybe 1-2 other couples in there. The tasting room was large and very nice looking. A man greeted us from the bar so we walked over to him for out tastings. It was kind of an awkward tasting with him hovering around us while we commented to each other. He was very informative about the wine and processes. There were 7 wines on the menu and we tried them all. Pours were smaller than other wineries, maybe 3-4 sips but that's fine for me since I only take 2-3 and didn't really like any of them. My bf enjoyed one of their reds and the desert wine of their sister winery (Imagery). A bit disappointed in the wine but liked learning about their winery.