A Grape Escape
Wineries aren't just for grown ups when it comes to these California wineries! With great grounds for the kids to roam and fun activities the whole family can enjoy, these wineries are a totally unique experience for kids and parents alike.
Arrowood Vineyards & Winery, Sonoma
Arrowood Vineyards & Winery offers a relaxed, country farm house setting complete with a kid-friendly tasting room. After the kids dig through the toy chest in the tasting room while you enjoy your wine, have a family picnic outside to take in the serene setting.
14347 Sonoma Highway, Glen Ellen, CA 95442. Hours: 10am-4:30pm or call for a winery tour appointment; Rates: Tasting $5-$10.
Benziger Family Winery, Sonoma
Benziger Family Winery, known for its organic and biodynamic winegrowing practices, offers hourly tours, picnic grounds, and a playground and bird zoo for the kids. The breathtaking garden grounds are busy with visitors and the winery even offers barbecue facilities by reservation only.
1883 London Ranch Rd., Glen Ellen, CA 95442. Hours: 10am-5pm; Rates: Tasting $10-15; tours are offered at an additional cost.
Larson Family Winery, Sonoma
The Larson Family Winery grounds will take you back to the days of cowboys and rodeos. Picnic tables, a bocce ball court, plenty of picnic space, and a variety of farm animals make this Sonoma winery a great place for adults and kids alike.
23355 Millerick Rd., Sonoma, CA 95476. Hours: 10am-5pm; Rates: Tasting $5.00, which is refundable if you buy a bottle.
Landmark Vineyards, Sonoma
Bocce Ball court, picnic area, and horse-drawn wagon rides on summer Saturdays make this winery an ideal destination for wine tasters with kids in tow. The mission-style grounds also feature a large pond and plenty of outdoor space for kids to run around.
101 Adobe Canyon Rd., Kenwood, CA 95452. Hours: 10:30am-4:30pm; Rates: Tasting $5-$15.
Zaca Mesa, Santa Barbara
A large chess set and a family-friendly atmosphere makes this winery a great place to visit. Hike up to the top of the hillside to keep kids occupied, or bring a picnic basket to enjoy the view of the Santa Ynez Valley with your family.
6905 Foxen Canyon Rd., Los Olivos, CA 93441. Hours: 10am-4pm; Rates: Tasting $10, includes a logo glass and 7-8 tastes.
Tres Sabores, Napa
Pair wine with gardens, picnic areas, wine caves, sidewalk chalk, scavenger hunts, and farm animals and you'll get a wine tasting destination that is fun for the whole family at Tres Sabores Winery. But, be sure to call ahead first; visits are by appointment only.
1620 S. Whitehall Ln., St. Helena, CA 94574. Hours: By appointment only; Rates: $20 per person, unless purchasing 6 bottles per person.
Bianchi Vineyards, Paso Robles
Remote control sail boats on the winery lake will keep kids entertained (under parental supervision) while you sip wine at the Bianchi Vineyards Winery. The lake is also filled with hungry Koi, and offers plenty of picnic space as well.
3380 Branch Rd., Paso Robles, CA 93446. Hours: 10am- 5pm; Rates: Tasting $5, includes a logo glass.
Longshadow Ranch Vineyard & Winery, Temecula
Longashadow Ranch Winery offers an "old west" feel, complete with horse-drawn carriage rides. Or, enjoy a picnic outdoors while your family enjoys the scenery of one of the few wineries that still uses horses and machinery to work the land.
39847 Calle Contento, Temecula, CA 92591. Hours: Monday–Thursday, 12pm - 5pm; Friday-Sunday, 10am-5pm; Rates: $10, includes logo wine glass.