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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
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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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 NEW

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 NEW

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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Oakmont, Pennsylvania
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135 reviews 135 reviews
40 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 via mobile

We made reservations for the Partner's tour at Benziger's on the advise of friends ($50pp). We had an hour or so tour with two other couples on a small tram. The tour was hosted by Austin, who had in depth knowledge of the winery and the wine making business. We toured the vineyards with a stop at a shack to... More

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Rocklin, California
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83 reviews 83 reviews
39 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

I can't say enough good things about this winery. We've been several times, we've toured on the tram and the more expensive Partners tour, both are informative, fun and led by friendly people And worth what you pay for them. The wines are outstanding and the staff at every level makes you feel welcome and especially in the tasting room,... More

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Jacksonville, Florida
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115 reviews 115 reviews
17 attraction reviews
167 helpful votes 167 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Beautiful setting, playgrounds for kids, shaded walking paths, train tours of the vineyards to explain wine making, and tastings...all very well done. Their wines are reliably good, mid to upper mid level. They need to enlarge the outdoor seating decks to take advantage of the setting of the tasting area.

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Waikoloa, Hawaii
4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

This winery was recommended by the Concierge at Fairmont Sonoma and now we highly recommend it as well. We had a private tour with a friendly tractor driver, treated like we were VIPs. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and he genuinely loved what he was doing and who he was working for. Gorgeous property, wonderful tasting wines, great staff.... More

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Brussels, Belgium
15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

Since we had already visited several wineries in France we were looking for something different in the Sonoma / Napa valley. At the tourist information right at the entry of Sonoma they recommended the Benziger estate and it was a good choice: a familiy owned business working by applying the Rudolf Steiner method. A lot of respect for nature and... More

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Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
9 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

As we walked in we were well received and greeted by a nice woman and I forgot her name but she was at the end table. We even got to talking about home(montreal) and how shes been to visit! Although I was sick throughout this visit, she had me sample a few wines that normally I would like, for instance... More

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New Delhi, India
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

We had researched ahead of our Napa Valley tour and had selected 2 ‘must see’ vineries. Benziger was the first on the list (Artesa being the other). Benziger lived up to the expectation. We started with an educational tour of the vineyard properties, on a tractor trolley (quite comfortable), which tells you about the intricacies of grape farming and wine... More

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Montgomery, Alabama
11 reviews 11 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Benziger is one of our favorite destinations when we visit wine country. A family owned business, this winery was the first bio-dynamic certified winery in the country. The tour of the vineyards is well worth the time and money. To us, one of the most interesting stops on the tour was at the "insectory", the section of the property where... More

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