Benovia Winery
Benovia Winery
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Wineries & VineyardsWine Tours & Tastings
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
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
About
We are a fun, family-owned limited-production winery in the heart of Sonoma County. Tucked deep in the heart of the Russian River Valley, we produces some of the region’s most exclusive and sustainably-farmed Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Our secluded Martaella Estate Vineyard is surrounded by endless vineyard views and Mount St Helena visible in the distance. The Ranch House tasting room is a converted American farmhouse with Sonoma comfort and modern elegance. Daily appointments and reservations required.
Santa Rosa, California

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MayumiO
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 • Couples
I don't often leave reviews for places I visit, but our visit to Benovia Winery was a truly amazing experience. We were also lucky that our reservation was on a Monday morning - not only was it very quiet, but we were also able to have our host's full attention and stay longer than we thought we would (3 hours!). David was quite knowledgeable, passionate and engaging, but gave us just enough privacy to enjoy our wine.

We signed up for a 5 flight tasting but ended up with 9 (2 Chardonnays, 1 rosé, 5 Pinot Noirs and 1 Zinfandel), all of which were exceptional. We happily went home with 1 Chard and 1 Pinot, and our tasting fee was waived too.

We've done quite a few wine tastings in Northern to Central California, and this was one of the best and most memorable ones in our experience. I'd recommend the winery to anyone visiting Sonoma!
Written April 27, 2021
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Thank you for sharing your experience! We're thrilled you enjoyed the wines and the experience with our team. We look forward to welcoming you back!
Written July 7, 2021
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WillieMacfan
Healdsburg, CA844 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
First time visit. Need reservations, at least currrently with covid protocols.

Tasting fee was $30 per person with one tasting fee forgiven for every two bottles of wine purchased or if you join or are already a member of their wine club

We were greeted by James, a member of the ownership family and as we were departing one of the owners introduced herself and thanked us for visiting. James also served our tastings and is quite knowledgeble.

We tasted six wines-all good. Started with two chardonnays-one from the Sonoma Coast and one from Russian River Valley. This was followed by a Rose of Pinot Noir and the first of three Pinots we would taste. The first was Sonoma County which is a blend of multiple vineyards but it's body was more similar to a single vineyard. The final two Pinots were one from the Sonoma Coast and the other from Russian River Valley.

They do produce a few other varietals but clearly specialize in chardonnay and pinot noir.

Virtually all of their wines currently are rated 92 to 96 by Wine Enthusiast and most are also rated highly by Wine Spectator. The sihgle vineyard wines are pricey chardonnays begin at $55 and Pinots at %65 and escalate quickly. The rose and Sonoma County Pinot are very reasonably priced imo (low to mid $30).

WE left with a six pack and joined the Benovia Wine Club.
Written June 16, 2021
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Thank you so much for visiting and sharing your feedback! We had a blast meeting you guys and sharing the wines with you. We look forward to hosting you again as club members! Cheers!
Written July 7, 2021
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Jim B
Richmond, CA244 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Following is a letter we wrote to the proprietor of Benovia Winery.

Thank you for making our visit to Benovia so enjoyable last Saturday.  We spent the entire weekend exploring Sonoma wineries, eating fine food and taking in everything the region has to offer.  But nothing compares to our wine tasting experience at Benovia.  It was phenomenal!  Kudos to Michael McCauley for making our visit not only informative but also a pleasant, relaxing, way to spend an afternoon.  Indeed, Mike is truly a Hospitality Specialist "par excellence"!  He's also the most knowledgeable person we've ever met in the industry.  A renaissance man who knows many things about a multitude of subjects.  We loved every minute of the time we spent with him. 

Not only does Benovia produce some of the finest wines in the Russian River valley, you also host a tasting opportunity which goes far beyond anything we have ever experienced.   Thanks also to Chris, for showing us around the vineyards and giving us a private lesson in both viticulture as well as the art of pruning. 
You can count on us coming back and next time we'll be sure to bring along our friends. 

Best regards,
Jim Brown and Abby Everson
Richmond, CA
Written January 22, 2020
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edchev3105
San Diego, CA6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
There are a million wineries in the region, but this place stood out because they were open mid week, had great reviews already, and we were able to get a good reservation time. The whole reservation thing is kind of pretentious I think, and a pain to plan around, but in this case it was worth it. We were the ONLY ones there, with a neat and elegant place setting waiting for us. Moreover, the (new) lady that served us was a Som who was engaging, knew the wines of course, but was able to offer much more depth than your typical winery hucksters. She learned our interests and let us taste off menu items that really hit the mark. The owner happened by and spent a little time with us as well--such a great experience! Oh, and as we were sipping away, we heard recurring gun shots not too far away. Apparently the (slightly off), 70+ year old neighbor believes the sound of air gun shots scares away the birds from his grapes. Off putting, but amusing. Great wine, great time.
Written August 27, 2022
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db7477
Carlsbad, CA3,422 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020 • Couples
Benovia highlighted our seven (7) wine tasting stops from Paso Robles, Calistoga and Santa Rosa. The winery is small and intimate. Their most excellent single vineyard Pinot Noirs were so good that we joined their wine club!

Our host, David, was wonderful. We look forward to returning whenever we’re in the area.
Written July 5, 2020
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Thank you so much for sharing your experience! We enjoyed having you guys visit as well and look forward to welcoming you back! Cheers!
Written July 7, 2021
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Jackrcpa
Oahu, HI9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Couples
I had a glass of Benovia Pinot at a restaurant in Healdsburg and was impressed by the full fruit taste so I booked a tasting for the next day. I was rewarded with wonderful single vineyard Chardonnays and Pinots that were much better than those I tasted the on my trip to Sonoma from several large and well known wineries. Barrel fermented and aged in oak, the wines were nicely balanced.

The tasting experience was outstanding also. The beautiful tasting room is nested in the wine production facility and in the vineyard giving it a sense of authenticity and elegance. Our tasting host, David Ciardiello, was knowledgeable and interesting to talk with.

Had it not been for buying that glass of wine from a small winery I hadn’t heart of, I would have missed this gem of Sonoma wineries. I recommend trying them out if your in the Santa Rosa area.
Written August 31, 2022
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Eireboi
San Francisco, CA234 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
First time visit, we were greeted by James who is a member of the family ownership and he made us feel so welcomed to Benovia. I must confess that I was little fragile from the night before so I opted for just a glass of their Rose which was amazing to say the least, while my partner decided to do the tasting which was enjoyed immensely also. The building itself and surrounding area is spectacular and no expense was spared on the design and quality to ensure a great visit and experience. I felt so at home and relaxed in such a warm friendly environment and can't wait for out next visit back to Benovia. From the staff, wine and scenery its just a great experience. Needles to say ,we left with a few bottles of wine lol.
Written October 21, 2021
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Thanks for visiting us and for the review! We look forward to sharing the next wine tasting experience with you soon! Cheers - The Benovia Team
Written November 23, 2021
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KCalifornian
Redwood City, CA100 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020
It might be that this was/is our first trip after 4 months of starting at our backyard, but this was the standout tasting of a 3-day trip to Sonoma. My wife and I go to Sonoma often, and this was one of the best tastings we've had in years. The pinots are truly outstanding (and we're picky), and all the wines are top-notch.

But what really stuck out in this world was the thoughtfulness of the host David. While we were there there were 2 outdoor tables, quite distant. He pointed out the 2 porta potties, and told us we were the left one, so no sharing bathrooms. He poured extra pourings, partially because we showed interest (we bought quite a bit and joined the club), partially because this is a recovery time. David is very knowledgable and has great hosting skills.

Wish we'd found this place years ago.
Written June 22, 2020
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Thank you for sharing your experience! We will pass along your kind words to the team and we look forward to welcoming you back now that we are open and in full-swing! Cheers!
Written July 7, 2021
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Shirley F
New York, New York, United States50 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Couples
Best winery experience of all Sonoma and Napa vineyards.

This winery demonstrated a broad range of high quality wines, including Pinot noir, rose and Chardonnay. Each wine is locally grown and sourced from one winery, not blended. Server was knowledgeable and friendly. He also invited us to stroll among the vines themselves. Pricing of tastings and bottles quite reasonable. Highly recommend this Russian river Ava of the Sonoma valley.
Written June 2, 2022
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Thank you for visiting with us and sharing your experience with all. We look forward to hosting you again!
Written June 21, 2022
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worktotravel14
Trenton, NJ3,360 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
This was as close to perfect as a visit can get. Even being a smidge late after our driver took the scenic route, the Benovia team greeted us with open arms. Our host, a family member, was eager to share the richness of the history, give us profiles of so many of the vineyards and the wines and let us kick back. Our tasting was on the cool deck with a view of the sunshine and the vineyards. Almost every wine was an absolute treasure, unique in profile and delicious. On a hot summer day, the roses and chardonnays stood out, but we also knew what was special with pinots. Family members joined after this great experience and I bought a case for our household. If you go to Santa Rosa this is a must stop and stop-every-time kind of place. Be sure to enjoy the beautiful views in and outside of the property. It is stunning.
Written September 25, 2021
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