Benziger Family Winery
Benziger Family Winery
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
At Benziger, we're about three things: family, great wine and healthy vineyards. For over 40 years, we’ve crafted expressive wines from our Sonoma Mountain ranch and premium Sonoma County vineyards. We’re proud to tend these sites using eco-friendly farming – each is certified Biodynamic, organic, or sustainable. Our tours provide a behind-the-scenes look at our Biodynamic estate vineyard and include a tasting of winery-exclusive wines.
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  • Monica O
    2 contributions
    A must go!
    Benziger is a must-go every time we visit Sonoma County! The grounds are absolutely lovely, relaxing and beautiful. The staff is always so welcoming. This wasn’t our first visit, but it was the first time we experienced the tractor tour. David was a phenomenal guide, and as always, we learned so much! David was kind, thoughtful, funny and knowledgeable. Needless to say, we finally took the leap and joined the wine club and we couldn’t be more excited. We have yet to find a wine here that is anything short of incredible. Could not recommend more highly!
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 December 2022
  • Caroline C
    Boston, Massachusetts2 contributions
    Julie's Birthday Celebration!
    On behalf of Julie, Fabiane, Thay and myself, I would like to sincerely thank you for such a magical and beautiful experience! Although it was raining all week, somehow the skies knew we would be doing a tour at Benziger and suddenly for those 2 hours the rain stopped. The whole experience was everything we hoped for from beginning to finish, from tasting the delicious and freshening Summer Solstice, to touring around the winery, learning how things are done, to the underground tunnels to the wine tasting in the end. We really felt very special and it was a moment none of us will forget! Thank you for making this possible for Julie's birthday! We look forward to the wines we are receiving at home, a box already came for Fabiane and I, I have another shipment coming in April and December. Thank you kindly and have a great day! Caroline
    Hi Caroline! Thank you for visiting us and taking the time to share your thoughts. We loved hosting you at Benziger. Until next time, cheers!
    Written 30 March 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 29 March 2023
  • Mollie L
    2 contributions
    Thanks, David!
    We enjoyed a team tour hosted by David today at 12:30. David was very knowledgeable and we enjoyed four breathtaking viewpoints while learning about the vineyard history of biosustainable farming. We also learned about the mechanics of the wine processing and tasted three different varieties of wine. We would recommend this excursion to anyone traveling to the Sonoma area. Thanks, David!
    Hi, Thank you for taking the time to write a great review! It sounds like you had an outstanding time at Benziger. Hope to see you again. Cheers!
    Written 25 July 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 July 2023
  • Alice F
    Seattle, Washington287 contributions
    Gorgeous Winery Property with Delicious Wines
    On a recent trip to Sonoma County, CA, we only had time to visit one winery. On a recommendation from friends, we chose Benzinger Family Winery. The drive from Santa Rosa was so beautiful as we took rural back roads. The grounds are extensive and lovely. One can take a tour of the winery grounds in a wagon pulled by a tractor! The wine server for our tasting was extremely informative. Benzinger's is a biodynamic, sustainable, and organic winery; we learned so much about their heritage and methods. One of the best things about our tasting was that even though my husband favors red wines and I, white wines, we both liked everything we tasted so had a variety of wines shipped home.
    Thank you for taking the time to write a great review! It sounds like you had an outstanding time at Benziger. Hope to see you again. Cheers!
    Written 1 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 July 2023
  • Katie H
    2 contributions
    Our first Sonoma Valley winery experience
    We were so excited to have this place as our first stop while visiting Sonoma. It was recommended to us by a family member. Unfortunately, we couldn’t do a tour since we decided to stay in Sonoma at the last minute and couldn’t find any openings. We were able to enjoy a tasting though, and it was all we could imagine. Donna was very knowledgeable and informative so hopefully you get the chance to have her on your visit. We hope to come back again someday when we’re back on the West Coast!
    Thank you for visiting us and taking the time to share your thoughts. We loved hosting you at Benziger and look forward to you being able to tour with us when you visit again. Until next time, cheers!
    Written 22 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 August 2023
  • mjwh
    Denmark34 contributions
    Can't miss on your Sonoma/Napa itinerary
    We went to six wineries in Napa and Sonoma and this was our hands-down favorite. The farm is absolutely breathtaking and incredibly interesting, and the wines are delicious. We did a Tribute Tour and Mike was a wonderful guide - a truly gifted storyteller.
    Thank you for visiting us and taking the time to share your thoughts. We loved hosting you at Benziger. Until next time, cheers!
    Written 5 September 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 5 September 2023
  • Ken F
    1 contribution
    Must see
    If you are short on time and need to select only a few wine tastings/tours make Benzinger top of the list. We did the tractor tour and it was beautiful. Dr Bob was an excellent guide, extremely informative and entertaining. I love the ecological farming they are practicing there and the wine is great as well.
    Thank you for taking the time to write a great review! It sounds like you had an outstanding time at Benziger. Hope to see you again. Cheers!
    Written 30 September 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 September 2023
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jjrugs88
Oak Forest, IL139 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
The property is stunning! We were the only two in the seated tasting room on a Thursday afternoon. Karen was amazing! So knowledgeable about the wines and area. She had fabulous suggestions for other tastings and restaurants.
Written 9 November 2023
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Thank you for visiting us and taking the time to share your thoughts. We loved hosting you at Benziger. Until next time, cheers!
Written 11 November 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Mad Wat
Cincinnati, OH14 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
I arranged a 10 person pre-paid private experience at Benziger late October, that ended up being one of the highlights of our stay in Glen Ellen (we also went to Hamel, Abbot's, and BR Cohn). We started off touring the premises on an over-sized golf cart with a Benzinger family member who shared the history of the winery and all the things that makes it so special. We stopped to pick limes and eat figs off a tree, all while learning about their farming practice and touring the grounds. Then we got to see some behind-the-scenes winemaking following by a tasting in their cave. Overall, this private experience made us feel like VIPs, left us with a good understanding of their approach to wine making, included the most welcoming host (Jill), and ended with us shipping several bottles home. My only suggestion is to add some cheese to the tasting, then you'll really have it all!
Written 8 November 2023
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Thank you for taking the time to write a great review and for the feedback! It sounds like you had an outstanding time at Benziger. Hope to see you again. Cheers!
Written 17 November 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

BLT1991
Toano, VA791 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
Benziger is a winery and then some. There biodiversity program is interesting, and their grounds are exceptional. The tour is family friendly with a tractor-pulled ride through the vineyards. If the season is right, you can get out and taste the grapes (much sweeter than I would have expected).
Written 12 October 2023
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Thank you for taking the time to write a great review! It sounds like you had an outstanding time at Benziger. Hope to see you again. Cheers!
Written 13 October 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Mark M
Ada, MI479 contributions
Oct 2023 • Friends
Great stop at the stand-up tasting room. Patrick attended to us. Very knowledgeable and comfortable in answering our somewhat rudimentary inquiries.
Written 1 October 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Thank you for visiting us and taking the time to share your thoughts. We loved hosting you at Benziger. Until next time, cheers!
Written 6 October 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Ken F
1 contribution
Sep 2023 • Couples
If you are short on time and need to select only a few wine tastings/tours make Benzinger top of the list. We did the tractor tour and it was beautiful. Dr Bob was an excellent guide, extremely informative and entertaining. I love the ecological farming they are practicing there and the wine is great as well.
Written 23 September 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Thank you for taking the time to write a great review! It sounds like you had an outstanding time at Benziger. Hope to see you again. Cheers!
Written 30 September 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

mjwh
Denmark34 contributions
Sep 2023 • Friends
We went to six wineries in Napa and Sonoma and this was our hands-down favorite. The farm is absolutely breathtaking and incredibly interesting, and the wines are delicious. We did a Tribute Tour and Mike was a wonderful guide - a truly gifted storyteller.
Written 5 September 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Thank you for visiting us and taking the time to share your thoughts. We loved hosting you at Benziger. Until next time, cheers!
Written 5 September 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Katie H
2 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
We were so excited to have this place as our first stop while visiting Sonoma. It was recommended to us by a family member. Unfortunately, we couldn’t do a tour since we decided to stay in Sonoma at the last minute and couldn’t find any openings. We were able to enjoy a tasting though, and it was all we could imagine. Donna was very knowledgeable and informative so hopefully you get the chance to have her on your visit. We hope to come back again someday when we’re back on the West Coast!
Written 21 August 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Thank you for visiting us and taking the time to share your thoughts. We loved hosting you at Benziger and look forward to you being able to tour with us when you visit again. Until next time, cheers!
Written 22 August 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Alice F
Seattle, WA287 contributions
May 2023 • Couples
On a recent trip to Sonoma County, CA, we only had time to visit one winery. On a recommendation from friends, we chose Benzinger Family Winery. The drive from Santa Rosa was so beautiful as we took rural back roads. The grounds are extensive and lovely. One can take a tour of the winery grounds in a wagon pulled by a tractor! The wine server for our tasting was extremely informative. Benzinger's is a biodynamic, sustainable, and organic winery; we learned so much about their heritage and methods. One of the best things about our tasting was that even though my husband favors red wines and I, white wines, we both liked everything we tasted so had a variety of wines shipped home.
Written 31 July 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Thank you for taking the time to write a great review! It sounds like you had an outstanding time at Benziger. Hope to see you again. Cheers!
Written 1 August 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Mollie L
2 contributions
Jul 2023 • Couples
We enjoyed a team tour hosted by David today at 12:30. David was very knowledgeable and we enjoyed four breathtaking viewpoints while learning about the vineyard history of biosustainable farming. We also learned about the mechanics of the wine processing and tasted three different varieties of wine. We would recommend this excursion to anyone traveling to the Sonoma area. Thanks, David!
Written 22 July 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Hi, Thank you for taking the time to write a great review! It sounds like you had an outstanding time at Benziger. Hope to see you again. Cheers!
Written 25 July 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Kelli G
Shorewood, Illinois, United States19 contributions
Jul 2023
We did a Tribute tour this Monday at the wonderful Benziger winery - Mike was a great guide, the views were beautiful, and the wine was excellent. Enjoyed learning about all they do at this family winery - helping to solidly why we love buying their wines!
Written 12 July 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Hi Kelli, Thank you for visiting us and taking the time to share your thoughts. We loved hosting you at Benziger. Until next time, cheers!
Written 13 July 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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