Family-Friendly Wineries

March 22, 2012

Carneros Region
Larson Family Winery
 With 3 school-age children of their own, Tom and Becky Larson offer a casual winery experience suited to all ages. Horseshoes, bocce ball, coloring books, sidewalk chalk, kid-size tractors, juice, and snacks keep kids happy while parents enjoy some down time.

Viansa
An expansive outdoor picnic area provides a lovely view and a busy warm-weather barbecue station offering sausages, sandwiches, and other simple fare. There are plenty of picnic tables and room for kids to run around.

Cline Cellars  
Kids can explore the spring-fed pond and an old train car amidst lush gardens while parents enjoy free wine tasting in an 1850s farmhouse. Make sure to visit their California Missions Museum, as do hundreds of fourth graders every year, for the exhibit of mission models from the 1939 World’s Fair on Treasure Island.

Alexander Valley
Francis Ford Coppola Winery
This ambitious winery has it all—swimming pool, bocce ball, game tables, park-like grounds, 2 restaurants, wine tasting, shopping, and family-themed events. You can purchase a daily swim pass, or one for the whole season (April – November). Their popular restaurant, Rustic, offers an inspired Italian and international menu with a beautiful view over the Alexander Valley.

Highway 12
Benziger 
Nestled in a beautiful valley a stone’s throw away from Jack London State Park, this family-run biodynamic winery is ahead of its time. Tours are conducted via tractor-driven trams and run from caves to gardens to vines. The approach is casual and kids are welcome. 

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