There are a number of wineries that not only allow children but embrace them, offering food, drinks and activities designed specifically for kids. While the adults taste wine, tots can play lawn games, embark on a scavenger hunt through a vineyard, jump in a pool or make sidewalk art. There are nonalcoholic mocktails to drink, pizzas to munch on, farm animals to pet and more.
Here are some of our favorite Bay Area spots that excel at kid-friendly fun and great wine.
1. DaVero Farms & Winery
This beautiful, certified biodynamic farm and winery is home to olive groves, a vineyard, fruit trees, an expansive vegetable garden, as well as chickens, sheep, and pigs. Stop over for a wine and olive oil tasting and bring your kids along as they can play in the garden or check out the animals while you sip on some of the best wines of the region.
1766 Westside Rd.
2. Truett-Hurst Winery
The Dry Creek Valley is home to this scenic gem that offers creekside Adirondack chairs and picnic tables where you can enjoy a glass of their Salmon Run Zinfandel and, if you are lucky, spot one of the namesake fish as they spawn in the creek. Ask the winery staff for their special glasses that make spotting the salmon even easier. Kids will also love the goats, chickens, and organic gardens on the property.
5610 Dry Creek Rd.
3. Matanzas Creek Winery
Plan your visit to this Santa Rosa gem when the lavender is in bloom. The calming scent takes over the property and you will want to spend the day sipping sauvignon blanc as the kids play cornhole under the massive oak trees. Swing by the lavender market if you want to bring home some lavender-scented bath products or even a bunch of lavender grill sticks for your next barbecue.
6097 Bennett Valley Rd.
4. Belden Barns Farmstead & Winery
While Mom and Dad taste wines at Belden Barns Farmstead & Winery in central Sonoma County, the kids can borrow the winery’s scavenger-hunt-style “adventure” backpacks and wander the 55-acre property in search of flora, fauna, and random or whimsical items—making this spot one of the best kid friendly wineries Santa Rosa has to offer. The backpacks are filled with field guides to local birds or insects, magnifying glasses, sketchpads, crayons, and a checklist of things to find. There are also plenty of games for kids to play. Wine tasting is by appointment only.
5561 Sonoma Mountain Rd.
5. ACORN Winery
Kids are welcomed to this Healdsburg winery with LEGO bricks, crayons, and cornhole to keep them entertained while parents taste. Children may also explore the vineyards adjacent to the tasting room, join parents on a guided vineyard walk, and taste grapes during harvest. Reservations required.
12040 Old Redwood Hwy.
6. Landmark Vineyards
Hop aboard the complimentary Horse Drawn Carriage Tour. Led by third-generation Sonoma Valley farmer Pat Prather, this tour dives into estate viticulture practices, winemaking techniques, and Sonoma wine history. You can also take a tour of their beautiful building built in 1905.
101 Adobe Canyon Rd.
7. Furthermore Wines
This Russian River Valley spot welcomes your two-legged and four-legged children to join you for a day of bocce ball and picnicking at their Sebastopol winery. Known for its laidback vibe and outstanding pinots, Furthermore is definitely a spot to spend the day.
3541 Gravenstein Hwy North
8. Preston Farm and Winery
As the name implies, this winery is also home to animals like sheep, hens, and occasionally pigs. Kids will love the many cats that roam the property (but leave Fido at home for this visit). Grab one of Preston's famed Rhône varietal wines and enjoy it with a picnic lunch on the grass. Grab some pastured eggs and ground lamb in the shop to take home with you (along with your vino, of course).
9282 West Dry Creek Rd.
9. Alexander Valley Vineyards
Kids can join in winery and cave tours with their parents, visit the vineyards, and enjoy the winery’s picnic area. They'll also get a chance to meet the winery dogs.
8644 Highway 128
10. Francis Ford Coppola Winery
One of Sonoma County's most popular family-friendly wineries, this spot has two pools, bocce ball courts, a movie gallery showcasing Coppola film props such as Don Corleone's desk from The Godfather and the original automobile from Tucker: The Man and His Dream. The dreamiest part: there's a poolside restaurant where wine and food can be delivered to parents while the littles splash around. You can even rent a cabana for the day for your own private changing area and shower.
300 Via Archimedes