Adventures in Sonoma

I wanted to write about an amazing trip we just took to Sonoma with a group of 30 friends and colleagues. I know it can be hard to find a location that will host a group that large and I wanted to share a few wineries that are amazingly accommodating for that many people.

When planning a trip with a group this large I always find it best to try to do this a month or two in advance because we are all busy adults with hectic schedules and giving people more time to plan ahead of time. We invited a lot of people knowing we were going to have a lot of people out of town or back out last minute due to other obligations, so keep in mind that you need to have a backup list because planning a trip this large is not cheap!

We usually use Mark Kunkel with Pacific Land Yachts to rent a party bus, who is awesome but his bus ended up having to go in the shop that weekend and he directed us to Angel Limo rental instead, they were also very nice an accommodating – so I recommend both companies very highly – Links to the sites below. The buses range from $1,195-$1,400 depending on the companies and how many hours you book them for. We usually book the buses from 12-6 which ends up being a pretty good amount of time, but there have been times when we only make it to one winery because we are having too much fun! We always stop at a Whole Foods on our way up to grab lunch and whatever else we may need while we hang out at the winery, and stock up on snacks for the ride home (which is very important!)

Two of my favorite wineries for large groups are: Larson’s Family Winery (Sonoma) $25 tasting per person, Jacuzzi Family Vineyards (Sonoma) $15 wine tasting fee (each).

Larson’s Family Winery: I love this location for large groups. The inside of the winery is spacious and well laid out. The have a great store selection of their wines, oil, vinegar, bbq sauces, cheese & salami platters, and other snacks. The fields are open and you’re free to roam around and take pictures, outside there are dozens of picnic tables, corn-hole, and an assortment of other outdoor games to keep everyone occupied. They are also dog friendly so if you want to bring your pooch along they welcome your furry friends.

Jacuzzi Family Vineyards: This winery is gorgeous, the architecture has an Italian feel, with the beautiful pillars, paintings, and statues. There is also a nice courtyard and back area where you can see the vineyards and take photos with your group.

More awesome wineries for large groups

Ram’s Gate Winery, Gaspar (under the Foley family Wines), Sebastiani Winer, Cline Cellars. Also check out this link to find wineries that will accommodate large groups for the dates you are looking for: http://www.sonomacounty.com/meetings-groups

I also want to give a thank you to Suzy Montes who is the National Sales Manager covering corporate business from Carmel Valley up to Sonoma County – 707-522-5814. She has been amazingly helpful when asking for recommendations, planning and booking venues. They can help assist with dinners, activities, accommodations, as well as showcase properties for meetings and groups.

They take the stress out of planning your fun day in wine country!

If you have other recommendations for great wineries for large groups I would love to hear from you.

Links to mentioned services above:

Suzy Montes National Sales Manager covering corporate business from Carmel Valley up to Sonoma County smontes@sonomacounty.com – 707-522-5814

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