Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Bella Vineyards in Sonoma County

Not far from our weekend home in Sonoma County, is a wonderful winery called Bella Vineyards. We decided to check it out as we heard they had wine caves!

Sure enough! They had a cave carved right into the hill. Notice the vines up above.

Upon entering, there is a long room with the tasting table at the end. To the right is a small dining room--see below.

I can imagine how magical it would be to have a special birthday or a wedding here.

photo from website

The temperature inside is 60 degrees. Perfect for storing wine. It felt nice and cool, compared to the 80 degrees outside.

Outside, is a nice picnic area planted with 150 year old olive trees. It's the perfect setting for the music events and entertainment the winery hosts during the summer.

photo from website

How gorgeous is this setting? It couldn't be lovelier, nestled in the upper Dry Creek Valley of Sonoma County.

Bella Vineyards are known for their zinfandel wines. Here is an old vine sprouting brand new leaves. Beautiful!

Of course, we bought a couple bottles of zinfandel to age!

For more information about Bella Vineyards, visit their beautiful website here.
I plan on featuring various Sonoma wineries throughout the spring and summer months for those who haven't yet been to the California Wine Country, and for those who need a little reminder of how beautiful it is here.

I'm joining Susan at A Southern Daydreamer for "Outdoor Wednesday."
Be sure to visit her blog for more outdoor photography inspiration.


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