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“Wine tasting” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Matanzas Creek Winery

Matanzas Creek Winery
Ranked #10 of 88 things to do in Santa Rosa
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Matanzas Creek Winery is a destination to enjoy the best of both rustic country charm and refined quality. Experience Bennett Valley AVA Chardonnay, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. Come to taste the unique Bennett Valley wines but stay and relax at our captivating estate grounds for the day. The spacious estate features an eclectic blend of native grasses, delicate olive trees, exotic perennials and our famed lavender fields. Tucked away from the noise but close enough for an afternoon jaunt. Bocci, picnic and self-guided tours.
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“Wine tasting”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 29, 2014 via mobile

This is a must when visiting wine country in California. Nancy and Judy were great..so helpful with the tasting and selecting our purchases. We will remember this winery on our next trip!!

Thank Darla S
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San Jose, California
1 review
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“Be aware: Kids NOT welcomed here!!!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 7, 2014

Beautiful place but kids are NOT welcomed here!!!

I dropped by today with friends. 4 adults and 3 kids 3-7 yr. We had wine tasting and liked the blanc. We bought 4 bottles on the spot and were seriously considering getting the estate membership since we enjoy drinking good wines with friends.

But the service lady said our kids were too loud so we brought them down to the large yard 3 floors down and about 200 ft away from the tasting room. But after awhile she came again and asked how long we plan to stay around. I asked why and she said they had private tasting going on and the kids are too loud.

Jesus Christ! Why don't you put a sign in front and say kids NOT welcomed here! You just lost a few grands of business from me and my friends each year. We are not coming back ever again.

Visited April 2014
3 Thank lordhong2
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Lafayette, Louisiana
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67 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Best of the Best vineyards to visit of all the valleys”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 1, 2014

After 20-30 yrs of visiting dozens of vineyards in Napa, Sonoma and the Monterey area, we finally came upon the Best of the Best! We had sampled many bottles of Matanza Creek Pinots over the years, so I was familiar with the wine and was anxious to find the vineyard.

However, it's tucked away - over a narrow winding road that crosses a mounttain - if you approach it from the Sonoma Valley side. We hear it's easier from the West side of the Sonoma mountains!

After snaking across the valley there's a sign that points the way....and you find yourself in an endless field of Lavender - a sea of purple in all directions. You weave thru the field and see this huge house like structure up again a hill! Then you park and have a choice of walking into the Lavender field (which we did) or pathways that lead to gardens and waterfalls...and what might be considered an enchanted landscapers dream setting.

The tasting room has to be one of the finest of all and the wines are magnificant! We sampled several and then spen the next hour relaxing in the gardens. BTW, there were few other visitors and we had tpretty mcuh the whole place to ourselves.

We can't wait to go back!

Visited July 2013
Thank Bayouexec
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Oakland, California
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6 attraction reviews
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“Excellent wine and cheese pairing”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2014

We did the wine and cheese pairing and we were very happy. Dont know which was better, the wine or the cheese. They did a Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Merlot, Cab, and Pinot Noir. Each of the cheeses also had an artisan "condiment" to go with them. They also let us taste a couple other Cabs that they had available. Sat near a window looking out on the lavender garden - gorgeous!

Visited December 2013
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“Last minute choice not a disappointment !!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2013 via mobile

Allysa our guide was wonderful... Wasn't a Chardonnay drinker ... Until now:) the Journey Sauvignon Blanc and Sonoma on my permanent wine list. The grounds were breathtaking ... Rival the best in Santa Ynez Valley.

Thank Yigokid
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