Gary Farrell Winery
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10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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Open By Appointment Only. In the heart of the beautiful Russian River Valley, Gary Farrell Vineyards & Winery offers a proud 40-year winemaking history and a unique sense of place. Perched atop a ridge along winding Westside Road, the winery offers a spectacular view of the sweeping valley below. Gary Farrell Winery benefits immeasurably from its long-term relationships with many of the Russian River Valley's most celebrated and sought-after vineyards including Rochioli, Allen, and Hallberg to name a few. Gary Farrell Winery helped put Russian River Valley Pinot Noir and Chardonnay on the world stage, and the hallmark Gary Farrell wine style remains one of balance, elegance, texture and sense of place. Today these acclaimed wines can be enjoyed in their newly renovated Salon or upon the casual terrace and the view from the winery completes the picture.
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Wine Coast Country California, CA21 contributions
Sep 2020
Wine tasting during a pandemic is a contingency that no vintner could anticipate. Nevertheless, Gary Farrell has thoughtfully implemented a safe and elegant experience that overlooks nothing but the beautiful scenery that reveals itself from the Gary Farrel terrace.
Wine and cheese are presented to the visitor, and links to a fully interactive website provide a table experience that enables visitors to learn about what they are tasting. The masked staff are smart and friendly, offering advice about the excellent Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and other grapes that make their way into the GFW bottles.
Membership options are fairly priced and provide several delivery options.
Reservations required and visitors must wear a mask to enter.
Written October 19, 2020
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Hello there! Thank you so much for your kind words and feedback on your experience here with us! It is wonderful to hear that you felt safe during your tasting while also enjoying our wines! We hope to see you soon for another fun experience with us! Cheers, Ramona
Written January 22, 2021
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Charles & Anita
193 contributions
Jul 2020
Everything about our visit here was very professional, with high quality wines and staff and a view that is unmatched.
From the way that we were greeted, through the entire tasting experience the visit first rate. The staff was friendly and very knowledgeable, the process was at a very easy pace and the setting was wonderful.
The wine and cheese paring was excellent and you could tell that a lot of time and effort went into picking the right cheeses.
Of course, the wine was all fantastic.
Written July 20, 2020
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Charles, Thank you for taking the time to write this kind review. It is wonderful to hear that you enjoyed our wines and cheese pairings! We are so happy that you had a lovely experience and we hope you come back to visit again soon! Cheers, Ramona
Written January 29, 2021
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Ani K
Davis, CA273 contributions
Nov 2022
We had a wonderful tasting experience in the salon. On a warmer day it would be great to sit out on the terrace. We were impressed with the personalized tasting menu. Such a nice little touch. The wines are primarily pinot noir and chardonnay. When our server, I wish I could remember his name because he was wonderful, noticed we did not care for one of the wines in our tasting he brought us another to try. The cheeses paired with each wine were all yummy. This is certainly a winery we will visit again given the opportunity.
Written December 2, 2022
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Matthew G
New Jersey3,348 contributions
Mar 2021
My wife and I visited Gary Farrell for a tasting on a recent trip to Sonoma, and we generally found the winery and its wines to be unremarkable. Although the setting for the tasting was lovely with really gorgeous views, nothing else about the experience itself stood out. The wines were forgettable, and we didn’t leave with having learned much about the winery or the wines.

When we arrived for that afternoon, we were taken through the very nice indoor tasting room and brought to the outdoor patio for our tasting. The patio is a very pleasant spot, with sweeping views of the Russian River Valley. It would be a great spot to just sit and enjoy the view even if there wasn’t wine tasting involved.

The flight of wines was pre-poured and ready to go when we arrived, which may not have been the best idea since it was pretty warm out that afternoon. The same goes for the nice cheese plate to accompany the wines – it was already sitting out, which didn’t work well by the end of the tasting when the cheeses were getting on the overly soft side. The tasting included two whites and three pinot noirs, and I thought they were fine, but neither of us was particularly excited by any of them. There was also a bonus pour of an additional pinot noir at the end, which was also perfectly acceptable, but also not memorable. In general, the wines here were the kind of wines that I’d be happy to drink if someone gave me a glass, but aren’t wines I would ever go out of my way to purchase, especially since the bottles aren’t cheap.

The set of cheeses to accompany the wines was actually the star of the show for me. I thought the cheeses were really excellent and paired well with the wines, so I actually left with a stronger impression of the cheese selections than the wine selections, which I’m sure is not the winery’s intent. If they had been selling the cheeses, I would have bought those before buying any wine.

Our host was very sweet, and she did seem to really enjoy the wines and want us to have a nice afternoon, which I appreciated. The only thing that made the interaction with her a little odd was how far she was away from us. It was the same for other tables as well, where the hosts were standing a really far distance from the table (definitely even beyond 6 feet). This made it hard to really interact or have much of a conversation outside of listening to their pre-prepared speech about each wine. I’m assuming this setup is because of Covid, but it lessened the experience and made it hard to really learn more and connect. We did not visit a single other winery on our trip to Napa and Sonoma that was set up with so much distance, and I would have been happy to wear a mask every time she came over if it would have allowed for closer interaction.

Overall, I don’t have anything necessarily bad to say about Gary Farrell, since we had a very nice afternoon visit, sitting outside and taking in the beautiful views. Everyone we met there was very nice, and the wine wasn’t bad, it just simply wasn’t exciting to us or really worth the cost. Given that, we wouldn’t come back, but I also received some glowing recommendations to come here based on the wine, so it may be a matter of personal taste.
Written May 7, 2021
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Thank you for your thoughtful review. While it sounds like our wine style was not a match for your palate, we're at least glad to hear you enjoyed your afternoon as well as the cheese pairings. If you'd ever like to come back for another shot (without masks and social distance) we'd love to host you!
Written June 28, 2021
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jdog99
Elburn, IL383 contributions
Mar 2021 • Couples
Gary Farrell came highly recommend for their experience and wines. I understand being cautious with the pandemic but they took it a little too far. When you first arrive you have to call a phone number before they will allow you to enter. They then meet you outside the front door to escort you to the cheap plastic table and chairs out their expansive outdoor space with a nice view. All of the wines were pre poured and sitting in the sun. All of the hosts stood about 12 feet away from you while giving a very scripted speech on the brand and their wines while not asking anything about you or the wines you enjoy. There was also a cheese plate which was nice but since everything was sitting in the sun the cheese was sweating and the wines became very warm by the end. Maybe pre Covid this was a great place to visit but right now I would not recommend visiting.
Written March 23, 2021
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Hello- Thank you very much for your feedback, I'm sorry to hear that your experience at our winery was not up to your expectations. In our attempt to keep our guests and staff safe, we failed to live up to an experience you deserve. We will re-evaluate our procedures moving forward, thank you again for your feedback.
Written April 13, 2021
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fuentes48
Santa Rosa, CA4 contributions
May 2021
We were fortunate to get an appointment for wine tasting on a beautiful day.
Our hostess was Lisa and she was very knowledgeable about Gary Farrell winery and all their wines. She was friendly and made the wine tasting fun. The pairings of the fruit, cheese and meat with the wine were all spot on and delicious. The grounds were beautiful and the outside covered patio was perfect for tasting and enjoying the view.
Lisa made some very good suggestions for our purchases.
Great Job to Lisa and the staff at Gary Farrell!
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Written May 12, 2021
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Thank you for sharing! Lisa is a seasoned vet on our team and she's absolutely fantastic. Cheers!
Written June 28, 2021
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avakianj
Healdsburg, CA61 contributions
Nov 2019 • Couples
When you're in the area I would strongly recommend visiting Gary Farrell Winery. At our last visit (we are winery club members) we found a duo was singing, and the experience felt very much like a house concert except there were fewer people than at a typical house concert.

Typical tastings at Gary Farrell are a very nice experience but their special tastings are exactly that, a very special experience with premium wines poured with small bites accompanying them.
Written January 7, 2020
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Hi John, Thank you so much for the kind words and it is always such a pleasure seeing you and your wife in the Tasting Salon. I'm so glad that you had fun at the Wine Club Holiday Open House event last month, and we hope to see you at one of our new events in 2020. Until then, we hope you are enjoying the New Year! Warm Regards, Jessie Johnson Hospitality Manager
Written January 16, 2020
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See2Grow
Temecula, CA10 contributions
May 2021
Everything from the reservation and the moment we arrived was top notch!
Our tasting was poured and set up on a patio table with a breathtaking view.
Kevin did an outstanding job explaining the pours and cheese selections.
While we are Pinot and Cabernet connoisseurs and chose this winery because of those preferences, we went home with a bottle of 2017 Chardonnay because it was the first of its kind we enjoyed.
The 45 minute journey from Calistoga to the Gary Farrell winery was beautiful. We highly recommend booking a reservation for a very personal and private tasting with some of the best wines we had in Napa. We will not hesitate to stop again when we come to Northern California or order. If you live in the area, take advantage of the wine club. Thank you Kevin for an outstanding introduction to Gary Farrell wine.
Written May 13, 2021
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So glad to hear you took a chance and found a new wine to enjoy! Thank you for making time during your trip to make the drive over from Calistoga, hope to see you again soon!
Written June 28, 2021
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kfrancis92014
San Diego, CA2 contributions
Dec 2019 • Friends
After a rainy Saturday we went to visit Gary Farrell on Sunday at 1pm. The sun came out, and we could enjoy the breathtaking view. The staff were welcoming, and really took their time with us. Truly like visiting someone's home to try some wines.
We decided that it couldn't have been more perfect!!!
Written January 14, 2020
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Greetings! Thank you so much for your kind words and I'm so happy you got to have a relaxing and fun visit with us. We love when people think of the Salon as our home as it's our intention to make people feel welcome and comfortable while trying our wines. We look forward to seeing you again soon, but until then Happy New Year! Cheers, Jessie Johnson Hospitality Manager
Written January 21, 2020
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jr12342021
1 contribution
Aug 2021
Was not an enjoyable experience. Felt like a exam at school with a strict teacher. Wines pour were tiny and few and far between. White wines were warm due to the long winder pourer guy.
Written September 2, 2021
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I'm sorry to hear that your visit was not up to our standards or your expectations. Please reach out to concierge@garyfarrellwinery.com if we can make this experience up to you in the future.
Written September 8, 2021
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