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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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Edina, Minnesota
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153 reviews 153 reviews
35 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

Grounds are gorgeous, tour was interesting but the sales pressure was simply over the top, both by our tour guide and in the tasting (estate) room. Estate/reserve wines we tasted were good but nothing exceptional and considerably overpriced for the quality.

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PA
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33 reviews 33 reviews
21 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

I scheduled this tour for myself and my 14 year old daughter who was not looking forward too it. She ended up enjoying it as much as I did. Finding the winery & finding parking and the tram location is very easy. They have a tram loading area that you can't miss, the guide was very friendly & informative, obviously... More

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Memphis
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86 reviews 86 reviews
14 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

We had visited Imagery and joined the wine club, so we had a free tour and tasting here, their other winery. Our tour was lead by one of the winemakers, Steve, who had been there for 30 years. His explanations of their biodynamic, organic and sustainable processes were truly informative, especially since was the first tour we did. I also... More

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Vancouver, Canada
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

It's taken me a few weeks to write this review as my girlfriend and I only recently got back from what turned out to be quite the adventurous trip! We rode our motorcycles all the way from Canada to the Grand Canyon in Arizona (6500kms) and saw some amazing sights along the way! When talking about some of the major... More

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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

This was the first vineyard we visited in the Sonoma area and we took the tour of the vineyard. The tour was great - extremely informative, detailed and interesting. The staff were very friendly, knowledgeable and accommodating. They allowed us to do the wine tasting before the tour which was great of them, as we ended up hungry, grumpy kids... More

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La Plata, Maryland
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

The knowledge displayed by John, our guide, was phenomenal! The property itself is amazing and the tasting, delivered by Chris, was superb! These guys do amazing things with bio-diversity. Truly worth a visit. If you can only see a few wineries, this should be on the list!

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West Chester, OH
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50 reviews 50 reviews
15 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

This was without a doubt the best winery tour & tasting experience we had while in Napa/Sonoma. I HIGHLY recommend the Partner's tour, which is much smaller and features many more behind-the-scenes stops. The tour was led by an extremely knowledgeable guide (Kerry was great!) and includes a tram ride throughout this gorgeous winery. I learned so much about grape... More

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Wilmington, Illinois
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20 reviews 20 reviews
11 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

During our time in the Sonoma and Napa area we did several tastings and 3 tours. This was the first tour we did and it was the best. We did the "Partners Tour", and I would highly recommend it. Our guide, Kerry, was very knowledgeable and down to earth. The tour allows you to see all aspects of their operation,... More

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San Martin, California, United States
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16 reviews 16 reviews
12 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Our group of 8 thoroughly enjoyed the " Partners tour" Of the vineyard and cave! So much interesting information and friendly staff! We brought a picnic and ate outside afterwards. Only complaint is the BEES chased us away!! We like their Pinot so much we bought 3 bottles.

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Ridgefield, Connecticut
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48 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

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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