Arista Winery

Arista Winery, Healdsburg: Address, Phone Number, Arista Winery Reviews: 4.5/5

Arista Winery
4.5
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Arista Winery was founded by the McWilliams family in 2002 with a mission to create the most elegant expression of Russian River Valley Pinot Noir. We are committed to sustainable farming practices and sustainable business practices. We farm our 30 acres of estate owned vineyards and we work closely with local growers who share our dedication to sustainability in their vineyards. We do not attempt to manipulate our vineyard sites but instead strive to preserve each vineyard's natural qualities. In addition to our wines, we pride ourselves on having created a true destination experience for our visitors. A breathtaking setting of Japanese water gardens, mountain and vineyard vistas, combined with an inviting tasting room, offers guests a welcoming environment that encourages picnic lunches and leisurely days spent on the estate.
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DLNYNY
New York City, NY9 contributions
Poor service because of color.
Oct 2020 • Couples
Our server Anne was not friendly and didn't pay us any attention or explain the wines to us in detail. She asked us which bottles we wanted to purchase before we even tasted the last wine on our tasting list and had to remind her that we were not finished. One nice man at the beginning asked us if we were ok and we asked for the explanation of our first 2 wines which he gladly gave. 2 groups who arrived after us left 30 min before we left on our own accord. We had prepaid for our tasting so we figured to just get up an leave since no one cared about us. We figured it was because of the color of our skin. This vineyard left a bad taste in our mouth. There are better vineyards to spend your money at.
Written October 31, 2020
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Hello, All of us here at Arista were sorry to hear that you feel that you received an unacceptable level of service while visiting our winery, and that race somehow played a part in that experience. We have never received a complaint of this nature; Arista Winery does not and will not support any behavior that can be construed in any way as discriminatory or racially biased. We are a family owned and operated business that prides itself on providing the highest quality of customer service, and an inclusive experience to everyone who visits us. We urge you to contact us directly if you would like to discuss this further. We can be reached at 707-473-0606 or at tony@aristawinery.com
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inmomtraveler
Elwood, IN120 contributions
A true gem
Jul 2019 • Friends
This is my fourth trip to wine country and i have learned over the years to stay clear of the larger, more commercial wineries. The host where we stayed suggested we visit this winery and we could not have been more happy that we did. The property is beautiful! This was our first stop of the day and because we had an appointment, we couldn't stay to explore more of the property (sad we didn't skip the second stop - Buena Vista to enjoy this gem longer). The wine was delicious and our host Todd was fun, educational and very helpful. We ended up leaving with a few bottles and cannot wait to crack them open at home. If you want a special experience, this is the stop for you.
Written July 21, 2019
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flyingfamily7
Reno, NV135 contributions
If you love Pinot make the the trip!
May 2019 • Business
This appointment only winery on a West Side road is a must stop if you love Pinot. They have several Pinots from all over Sonoma county that are stunning! Their Chardonnay is great as well. Read the great articles in Wine Spectator, make an appointment, you won’t be disappointed!
Written June 4, 2019
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skyspring102
Guerneville, CA6 contributions
Delightful!
May 2019
This was such a lovely place! Kerry (sp?) did a beautiful job educating my friend and I about the wines and grapes and telling us about the history of the winery. Fun to try so many. Gorgeous property from the ornate garden to the beautiful wildflowers. Highly recommended!
Written May 31, 2019
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David N
Sacramento, CA32 contributions
Notes from a wine snob
Apr 2019 • Friends
I have visited many wineries over the years (CA and abroad) - but I've never had this kind of experience anywhere. It takes a lot to please me and even more to impress me. Todd was the perfect combination of entertainer and educator. He was a bartender for 10 years and he made an instant connection with our group of 4. We are all Pinot fans and thus we made a reservation here based on onlinne reviews as well as a review in our hometown newspaper. We tasted at several places over 3 days in RRV and this was far and away the best wine we tasted. The grounds also deserve your attention - a meticulously maintained botanical garden. Reservations are a must as the tasting room is small - but you will be rewarded with amazing wine and a gentleman who knows how to put a smile on your face and reallly cares that you enjoy yourself.
Written May 20, 2019
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Westchesternyed
Austin, TX46 contributions
A Really Nice Experience
May 2019
This was delightful. We spent almost an hour and a half with our host, Todd, in a beautiful room with a fantastic view enjoying delicious wines. Todd was well prepared with a variety of options and even gave us a taste of a wine not on our tasting list. The explanations were informative and the atmosphere was relaxed and fun. Every wine we tasted was great! Plan ahead, enjoy the wines and the people.
Written May 10, 2019
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Pelias M
Barcelona, Spain885 contributions
Very nice place and products
Apr 2019 • Friends
A product of superior quality, also offers the possibility of enjoying carefully designed gardens. Very nice to taste and buy!
Written April 25, 2019
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jwills08
Pittsburgh169 contributions
First Class Tasting Experience
Oct 2018 • Couples
Quite surprised to be writing this glowing review. Stopped at Arista to accommodate our travelling companions, who had previously visited. I was skeptical because of limited wine selections (pinots and chardonnays - that's it). Boy, was I wrong about this place. This was one the best tasting experiences I've had anywhere. Because the winery and tasting room are small, they only take reservations for tastings. Maximum of 8 people at the tasting bar, so we felt like we were being personally attended to at all times. Still not big fan of pinots, if being honest, but these were actually pretty good. Loved the chardonnay and took a bottle home with me. The grounds are stunningly beautiful. Pristine Japanese garden behind winery with breathtaking view of Mount St. Helena. Adjacent vineyards and gardens were well worth the short stroll up the hill from the tasting room. Tasting fees waved if 2 bottles of wine purchased. Highest recommendation.
Written October 12, 2018
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BoardingPass539432
Houston, TX4 contributions
Don’t bother
Sep 2018 • Friends
We were late for our appointment but called before to let them know...when we showed up the staff, Kerry in particular, was unaccommodating and unwelcoming. We asked if they wanted us to leave (and pay for the tasting) and they declined but seemed annoyed with us the whole time. Neal, our server, was nice. They seemed a little too big for their britches. There are other wineries.
Written September 21, 2018
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Mary V
McKinleyville, CA725 contributions
This winery rated among the top five we visited over our long weekend!
Sep 2018 • Friends
First of all, their garden is amazing - it's comfortable, well maintained and absolutely lovely. Get a glass and sit down to enjoy the peacefulness, then go inside and buy some wine to take home. We didn't realize they only take reservations for tastings and we hadn't made any so will have to wait until next time for that. But at the recommendation of a friend, I bought a couple of bottles of their 2015 Zinfandel - expensive for the area at $60/bottle but it will age well and we'll use it for some special occasions.
Written September 18, 2018
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