When planning a trip to the wine country, you’re sure to get tons of recommendations on which wineries to visit—everyone has a favorite they want to share! While winery tours and tastings are certainly the main event, we want you to know about a few hidden gems that you’ll want to include in your itinerary!
1. At the Vella Cheese Co in Sonoma you’ll find several varieties of award-winning cheese and experience a little bit of history as you take in the grounds of this 114-year-old building. Fun fact: their sturdy stone building was originally built to be a brewery but became the home of Vella Cheese Co just before prohibition in 1931. History just got a little more interesting…and tasty!
2. Woodhouse Chocolate in St. Helena is a must-visit destination. A gorgeous chandelier, soft colors, and elegant displays make this shop a delight to be in. Then, of course, there’s the chocolate…. Three generations of family collaborate to create rich and flavorful chocolates made with local and sustainable ingredients. Treat yourself to truffles, peanut butter cups, or hot chocolate, then bring some home to share (or not).
3. For a truly unique experience, drive off the beaten path, and stay at Keys Creek Lavender Farm. Less than an hour from Temecula, down a long, winding dirt road (past The Yellow Deli, with the ultimate farm to table offerings) this rustic oasis sits tucked away. You can stay at the cottages for a quiet, calm countryside getaway, or try glamping under the stars (for the slightly more adventurous). Take some of the experience home with one of their 50 handmade lavender products. Pro-tip: visit during May or June, the height of the lavender bloom season!