Benziger Family Winery

Benziger Family Winery, Glen Ellen: Hours, Address, Benziger Family Winery Reviews: 4.5/5

Benziger Family Winery
4.5
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Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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At Benziger, we're about three things: family, great wine and healthy vineyards. For more than thirty years, we've farmed our ranch on Sonoma Mountain and searched Sonoma County for the most distinctive and expressive vineyards. Once found, we tend these sites using certified Biodynamic, organic and sustainable farming methods. The result is a portfolio of authentic and memorable wines. Our Partners Wine Tour will satisfy the palate of any wine enthusiast. This tour provides a behind-the-scenes look at our Biodynamic estate vineyard and wine caves and finishes with an exclusive wine tasting of estate wines.
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CJ
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Couples
This was the best wine tour we’ve experienced in the US. Remarkable scenery, history, gardens, and biodynamic growing operation. Spectacular wines and informative lively service by David P. We enjoyed every minute and it will be remembered as a highlight of Sonoma. Highly recommend this experience to visitors to the area, wine enthusiasts or those interested in sustainable agriculture!
Written May 28, 2021
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@ tripreviewer1957
Fairfield, Ct52 contributions
This was our first stop of many winery visits during our trip to Sonoma. It was a beautiful afternoon and we enjoyed a tasting hosted by Jen. The wines were very good and we ordered several to be shipped back east. Overall a lovely visit. The only disappointing feature (prompting a 4 star vs. 5 star review) was not being able to walk the vineyards at all - something that the smaller wineries will usually allow you to do. Would still recommend it as a stop on your wine tour.
Written May 3, 2022
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lquadros
San Ramon, CA152 contributions
Couples
This is another of the gorgeous sonoma winery with a beautiful location. We arrived about 20 minutes late to our appointment but were well accommodated by our wine pourer Patrick. We were though told that the pouring would be a bit quick since there were subsequent appointments which we thought was very fair.
We tasted 5 wines and were given good explanation on each we were tasting. The white wines were our favorite. After tasting we stopped around the winery and their garden to take some nice pictures. Do visit this winery if you get a chance.
Written March 22, 2021
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Diver Dan
Washington DC, DC270 contributions
Pros: A nice spot on the western slope of the valley, seated at shaded, distanced tables. Cons: Everything else. Really. First the deliberate confusion over the actual owner, which is The Wine Group, a huge conglomerate. This is a showpiece property, which may produce some wine, but our host (who was robotic and disengaged) alluded to more production in the Central Valley.

The stinginess of this place is off any chart. For $40, we got 5 thimble-size pours which combined would not have been more than a half-glass. This is gouging by any measure, especially for very un-remarkable wine being sold at insanely high prices for the mediocre quality. We made a big mistake, and hoping to warn others.
Written July 13, 2021
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Dear DKBerman – I read your review with a heavy heart. My family has been operating our winery for over 40 years. I work here every day with my nieces and employees many of who have been here for over 20 yrs. Without getting into a nuanced discussion on market consolidations, increased competition, and environmental threats, we have partnered with TWG to ensure a future for my family and the vineyards we have worked so hard to establish. As for your tasting experience, I am sorry you were less than thrilled with our wines' quantity and quality. The pours are measured and an industry-standard so as not to intoxicate our guests. I apologize if you find this amount wanting. I would like to extend to you an invitation to come back and be my personal guest and see if I can change your mind about our wines and convince you how seriously we are about making wines that truly reflect the authenticity of this beautiful place. Sincerely, Chris Benziger
Written July 29, 2021
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Brandon B
Beijing, China134 contributions
Couples
We had heard many good things about this winery and came away utterly disappointed. I applaud their commitment to biodynamics and hope they continue to be a leader going forward. Biodynamic wines are some of our favorites, but unfortunately we have no idea if Benziger wines are any good because the amount poured in each glass was so so small that we could not get the full taste of each wine. I noticed in a previous review the response was their pours are the “industry standard.” We are in the middle of visiting both Napa and Sonoma and have been to over a dozen wineries. No other place has come close to being this small of a pour. I am not looking to get inebriated by any means, but I would like enough poured so that I can take several sips to get the full experience. This is especially true if you are pouring me your Reserve and Estate Wines, the wines you are most proud to serve. But instead, I have no idea the true complexity and flavor of these wines as I was able to get one normal or two very small sips and could never get every flavor on my palette.

In addition, the whole experience felt cold and corporate. If you are truly a family winery, I did not feel like a guest in your home, but rather a customer standing at the checkout counter. The host did not engage with us at all, but rather mindlessly boasted about the wines and their biodynamic process and never asked us any questions other than perfunctory questions about where we were from. This did two things. First, because he did not ask us any questions about our level of education about wine or biodynamics, he therefore talked down to us. Second, because he did not probe our enjoyment of the wine, he could not figure out wines we enjoy and truly engage with us. Other winery hosts did this tremendously better than Benziger and therefore we walked away with many bottles of their wine. Instead, I walk away with an impression of a winery that is very full of itself and could care less about the individual customer.

Two pluses and thus why it got two stars - the estate is truly beautiful and the host was nice enough to move an umbrella to keep us out of the hot sun.
Written August 8, 2021
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Thank you for sharing your feedback – we are very sorry to hear that your experience with us did not meet expectations. We follow industry guidelines regarding pour size to ensure everyone’s safety, but it sounds like we missed the mark during your visit. We strive to ensure that each guest feels welcomed and delighted by their interactions with our team and are committed to using your insights to improve for the future. Please give us a call if you are able to visit again, as we would welcome the opportunity to make this up to you with an experience that better represents our dedication to hospitality.
Written August 23, 2021
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Eric M
Cedar Rapids, IA110 contributions
Friends
We went on the Tribute Estate Tour and it was fantastic. It’s a long tour we’re they take you all over the complex and explain the parts. Our guide Tim was. Rey knowledgeable and did a great job of explaining and engaging our group. I learned a lot about their practices and wines. We stopped often and sampled the wine and saw where the grapes were grown. We ended up with additional samples and any other questions. This was a great time. It’s was interesting and engaging. And the wine was fantastic. I would recommend going to the winery
Written March 5, 2022
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Yazi
Saint Louis, MO2 contributions
Friends
I had a terrible experience at this winery. The staff did. It seem to care too much about the customers. Also the serving size were the smallest I have ever seen.

I would not recommend this winery to anyone. Please take your business elsewhere, there are many wineries around this area where you will be treated better.
Written April 17, 2021
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LoveToTravel524
Santa Cruz, CA1,192 contributions
This was our 3rd visit to Benzinger. We have been visiting Sonoma for 40 years and have often stayed at the Jack London Lodge in Glen Ellen and walked up the hill to Benzinger. The first time we visited was on a Platypus Wine tour. This was a quick Covid Safe getaway and we very much enjoyed our tasting at Benzinger. The fee is $30pp and our host Dave was fantastic. The patio is beautiful. While in the area we had a nice visit to nearby Jack London Historic Park and enjoyed a drink on the Creekside patio at the Saloon at Jack London Lodge. Very fun and Covid Safe too!
Written October 18, 2020
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Hello. Thank you for taking the time to write a great review! Also thanks for visiting our winery for the the 3rd time! It sounds like you had a fantastic day. Hope to see you again! Cheers,
Written October 31, 2020
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WalnutBaron
San Francisco, CA180 contributions
We had an enjoyable visit to Benziger and tasted some very good wines. The winery itself is beautiful, and there were lots of picture-taking opportunities during our 2-hour visit.

The only downside is that the feel of the place is a bit snooty, as if you were in Napa and not the Sonoma Valley where things tend to be a lot more laid back. It was just an impression, but perception is reality.
Written March 24, 2021
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Alexandria
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This whole experience was really great! We went after a friend's suggestion. The tour was given by one of the member of the family. It was very educational and fun. The wine samples were great and the whole property was beautiful.
Written February 8, 2020
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Hello Alexandria, I am very happy to hear you enjoyed our tour and wines. Thank you for taking the time to write a great review! It sounds like it was a fun day for you and your guests. Hope you can come back very soon. Cheers,
Written February 11, 2020
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