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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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Saddle River NJ
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227 reviews 227 reviews
73 attraction reviews
121 helpful votes 121 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014 NEW

I can understand why they were nominated for winery of the year. Taking the tour on the tractor gave us a good overview of the vineyards, the topography of the mountain and understanding the amount of field work that goes into harvesting a grape to make it into wine. We were very impressed about the organic and natural efforts that... More

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Kensington, California
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40 reviews 40 reviews
7 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014 NEW

We had heard good things about it so we decided to spring for the most comprehensive tour of this biodynamic organic winery in Glen Ellen, about 30 minutes from The Square in Sonoma. A good decision! Our guide, Kerry, was very well-informed and an excellent communicator--one would think he grew up on the property. We set off in our 8-seat... More

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New York City, New York
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

I've been to wineries before, but this was the most enjoyable and informative. The Benzigers are very approachable and friendly.

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Dallas, Texas
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36 reviews 36 reviews
10 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Our concierge at the Palace Hotel in San Fran (Blaine) highly recommended this tour and tasting. We took a day trip from the city to celebrate our 5 Year Anniversary, our first of three stops was at Benziger Family Winery. WOW! None of the other tastings even compared to Benziger. The tour was fun and informative, you really get to... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Went here last weekend for a private party, which was catered by The Fairmont, Sonoma. After arriving by bus, we were met by Mike from the winery, who drove us on a open tram pulled by a tractor. We stopped to the tasting room, for sampling & some info on the vineyard & their wines & the history of the... More

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Buffalo, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Wow! What an amazing place. The Benziger Family Winery is impressive in size, but all the more charming since despite its growth, warm hospitality remains. We tasted a variety of their fabulous wines - in Tasting Room and Cave, and toured the vinyard and beautiful grounds. A great destination!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014 via mobile

We had purchased this as part of a package. This was the second vineyard we visited that day. The tour started with a ride into the vineyard where we had a glass of Chardonnay which was okay. The tour guide was very outgoing and friendly. He then showed us the cave which was incredible. We ended with a semi-private tasting... More

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Orlando
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72 reviews 72 reviews
9 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Went here on a tour and I really enjoyed seeing the back end of the winery and how everything is made. We started off taking a tour on a tractor through the vines and seeing the grapes, the garden, then proceeded to their wine cave where over 400,000 barrels of wine can be stored. Seeing the grape push pad was... More

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new mildord ct
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35 reviews 35 reviews
5 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

A wow! for the public tour. Through the vineyards with a stop for a sip. Our tour guide & tractor driver was informative and very pleasant. He answered all questions. I asked why was it that there were olive trees planted in between rows of grapevines. He answered that the trees attract wasps which help protect the vines from.... geez... More

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Toronto, Canada
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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

The estate wine tasting room was absolutely beautiful and if you could do it, I would highly suggest to. You did not have to walk down to the general tasting room and it was extremely private and much more intimate. We were able to discuss the wine with each other without the staff member interrupting us. However, she would answer... More

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