Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Glenn Ellen: Benziger Family Winery

Benziger Family Winery is a favorite destination for locals and travelers from all over the world.

At Benziger, you can treat yourself to the best winery tour in Sonoma County. The 45 minute tour takes you on a tractor-pulled tram through the vineyards, along the crush pad, into the cave and concludes in the tasting room. During the tour, your friendly guide will explain the ins and outs of this very unique property as well as the basics of Biodynamic farming.

Their website says:

"Benziger Family Winery is creating a new definition of wine quality through its certified-sustainable, organic and Biodynamic winegrowing practices. Their 85-acre, certified Biodynamic Sonoma Mountain estate has become a research and teaching center for the cultivation of grapes with more flavor, intensity and site-specific vineyard character. The family shares its farming knowledge and experience with their longtime grower partners throughout Sonoma County."

Our take on Biodynamic farming? It's a sustainably farmed piece of Earth that produces better grapes and fantastic wines. Don't believe it? Stop by the winery and taste for yourself. You won't be disappointed!

If you are sold, then you might consider joining their wine club. Members receive six shipments per year of two bottles of their best wines. Included in the shipments are tasting notes and recipes. Members also enjoy a 20% discount throughout the tasting room and free tours for up to four people.

Come to the tasting room and discover the award-winning wines. These range from the fantastic values of the Sonoma County line that you will find in stores to the Vineyard Designate and Estate wines found only in the tasting room or through the Wine Club.

The friendly staff will pour you tastes of their best wines and help you find a new favorite.

Don't forget to allow time to browse through the gift shop. Here, you can also find light snacks such as local cheeses and organic crackers to enjoy. Add a bottle of wine enjoy a picnic on the grounds.

From there, we highly recommend that you visit the "sister" winery that is only about 3 miles away toward Sonoma on Highway 12. Imagery is owned and operated by one of the Benziger brothers and produces many hard to find varietals and hosts an incredible art gallery.

Here is their website: http://www.benziger.com/

Here is their phone number: (888) 490-2739

You can find them at 1883 London Ranch Rd. Glen Ellen, CA 95442

Here is a map in case you get lost:

You can find out more about us at http://www.graberrealestate.com/

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