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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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  • This is not what it appears to be. First, the winery, Benziger, is not family owned although so described. It is part of a large commercial wine conglomerate -Wine Group -. Second, the tour guide is n...  more »
  • This was an overall nice experience but not my favorite in Sonoma. We did the Biodynamic tram tour which was affordable and provided a lot of interesting background about growing techniques. I just di...  more »
  • The staff is very knowledgeable. I strongly recommend the Biodynamic tour, and if you're lucky you'll get Donna as your guide. She is spot on perfect, knowledgeable, and understands customer service. ...  more »
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  • Tram tour was very informative and interesting - it helped having a passionate tour guide! Highly recommend for anyone new to the wine-making and grape-growing process. The only downside of the tour was the saddening size of the sips offered for each of the wines included (5 total). Save the skimpy portions, definitely a recommended stop while visiting California! 🥂🍾
  • Nice wine. Great location. Seems Sonoma is becoming a commercial place and same is Benziger. Need to keep the same family type set up.
  • 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!
  • The location ambiance are magnificent. Take a tour and you will get a glimpse of what it takes to make great tasting wines.
  • 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!

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