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The Benziger Family Winery

1883 London Ranch Rd., Off Arnold Dr., on the way to Jack London State Historic Park, Glen Ellen, CA
800-989-8890; 707-935-3000
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Ranked #1 of 15 Activities in Glen Ellen
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Wineries
Activities: Group tours/walking tour, Wine tasting
Traveler Description: The Benzinger Family Winery is located just outside of old downtown Glen Ellen, California, beside the Jack London Historical State Park. With just... more »
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Ridgefield, Connecticut
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299 reviews 299 reviews
47 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

Lovely place run by very nice people. Wine is just ok as wine goes. Attended banquet dinner in wine cave which was noisy (because of echo) but charming in a sort of Edgar Allen Poe way.

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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68 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Set in a beautiful setting near Jack London State Park. It was late so I was unable to take the Tour but Several people in the tasting room were raving about the tour. First the staff is great here at Benziger and they were generous with information and offered many different tasting options. I tried mostly Red Wines and really... More

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Katonah, New York
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21 reviews 21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

We decided to book the guided tram tour of the winery because we wanted to learn more about the wine making process. For $25 USD, we rode on the tram to a couple of stops in the winery and got the end to end description of the process. We got to sample wine along the way before ending up in... More

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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

We visited Bezinger in August, they allow us to taste great cabs without reservation. The place is charming and relaxing and also our little daughter of 18 months enjoyed the visit!!!

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West Chester, Pennsylvania
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Lovely family owned winery, excellent tour which provided great I formation on this vineyard and vineyards in the sonoma area. Tasting room with very knowledgable and helpful staff. One of the best wineries we visited

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Comprehensive explanation by knowledgeable staff, ride to locations on the property and stop to taste and view. Good to read a little before about it so you have some basic understanding of their winery concepts. The more you ask the more you learn. The day and property were beautiful.

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Ottawa, Canada
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

We (my husband and I, my parents and our adult son) wanted to tour the beautiful Napa valley wine country. Many wineries have tastings, but we wanted a chance to learn a little bit about the process while enjoying the beautiful scenery - we enjoy wine but aren't experts. At Benziger Family Winery, we booked the Biodynamic Vineyard Tram tour... More

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Los Angeles, California
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

If you like wine, you'll probably enjoy the Partners' Tour as much as we did. Getting driven around to learn about their "green" methods ("wooly weeders"... clever!) was a lot of fun, and then getting to taste a variety of Benziger wines was a bonus. The tour gets you into the cave, a stop which I believe is not included... More

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New York City, New York
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29 reviews 29 reviews
5 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

We picked Benziger based on a friends recommendation. We were pleasantly surprised. The tour guide was friendly and informative. When I heard about "bio-dynamic", I really didn't understand. Once on the tour, it was all explained, and it was quite fascinating. We took the Partners tour and there ended up being only one other couple at that time frame. That... More

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Lubbock, Texas, United States
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24 reviews 24 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

This is a family winery with numerous vineyard in the area. The family is dedicated to sustainable, bio-dynamic practices. Upgrade to the Library Tasting for $30. It covers seven wines and can be shared by a couple. Ask for Tommy who knows both the family and the wines.

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