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Simi Winery, Healdsburg

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Simi Winery is a winery in California in the United States.HistoryThe winery was founded in San Francisco, California in 1876 by two Italian brothers, Giuseppe and Pietro Simi, who had immigrated to the United States during the California Gold Rush. They moved operations to Healdsburg, California in 1881, paying $2,250 in gold coins to buy a winery on Front Street.The winery was run by Giuseppe Simi's daughter, Isabelle Simi, beginning 1904. After marrying a local banker, Isabelle continued to make wine during Prohibition from 1920 until 1933, which she stored in the winery's stone cellars. One of the few California wineries to survive Prohibition, Simi was forced to sell most of its vineyards to survive, but was also one of the few companies to have wine available when sales were again legal. Simi opened its first tasting room in 1934. Isabel Simi sold the winery to grower Russell Green in 1970 but continued working there.In 1973 Maryann Graf, the first woman to graduate from an American university with a degree in oenology, joined Simi. In 1979 winemaking was taken over by Zelma Long, one of California's most prominent winemakers, who modernized and brought the winery to national prominence. The winery was sold in 1981 to Moët-Hennessy, which in turn became part of LVMH Moët Hennessy. Beginning 1982 the winery began to re-acquire its own vineyards. Long, who continued after the Hennessy sale, eventually became President and CEO.
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Where to stay in Healdsburg

Embracing the region's winemaking heritage, Healdsburg provides a large number of hotels and bed and breakfasts, located both in the center and the city's scenic outskirts. To stay close to some of the town's most popular restaurants and bars, book a room near the town plaza. Those planning a longer holiday should consider booking a vacation rental in one of the residential neighborhoods, which is a more budget-friendly option.
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  • Four of us stopped in for a tasting and had a really fun time! We had a coupon for free tastings and started there with Karen -- our host -- and really enjoyed visiting with her while we tasted the wi...  more »
  • We went into Simi at the end of the day. Its a beautiful setting, but inside feels very commercial. Filled with too many knic-knacs and snacks almost as chockablock asa general stores. The staff was k...  more »
  • We had a private appointment for the Simi tour and tasting during a weekday morning. The weather was a bit misty and raining, and our tour guide was a real trooper. She made it a great tour. There wer...  more »
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  • Great winery with amazing and helpful staff. Karen and August are wonderful guides. The wine collection is great. The Vognier and Petite Syrah are highly recommended. $15 for 5 wine tastings
  • Fantastic experience. Our tour guide, Nadine, was great -- very informative, welcoming and entertaining. Tour was very interesting. The grounds have a great history. The wine was also delicious!
  • Great winery they even have fresh pizza days!
  • We stopped here because we are members of their sister winery, Woodbridge Winery in Lodi. The wines were great, but Karen, our server, was better. We had skiped over one wine as we moved to taste the bolder flavored Cabs. Karen provided many stories and bits of information as we went through our tasting. As we thought we were finished our flight, she asked us to try a wine in an inconspicuously unlabeled bottle. We enjoyed it and she tokd us that it was her favorite and that it was the Petite Sirah. it was great and we bought two bottles. Thanks Karen!
  • Great tour with detailed history. Very fun. Recommend visiting if you are around sonoma