Ferrari-Carano Vineyards & Winery
Cases Produced: 250,000
Tasting Room Features: Offers wine paired with food, Private tastings by appointment daily. Winery tours are free and availalbe by appointment daily. Wine tasting in the Villa Fiore Wine Shop, in the Enoteca located in the underground cellar, or on Il Terrazzo, the outdoor terrace overlooking the vineyards, weather permitting. Wine and chocolate pairing available in the Enoteca. Wines are also available for purchase by the glass or bottle.
Varietals: Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Sangiovese, Merlot, Syrah, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache
Founded in 1981 by Don and Rhonda Carano, Ferrari-Carano Vineyards and Winery is home to award-winning wines, acres of beautiful gardens and breathtaking vineyard views. Starting in the ‘70s with a small, 30-acre vineyard in Alexander Valley, where most of Ferrari-Carano’s vineyards are located, the winery has grown to over 1,600 certified sustainably-farmed vineyard acres (CSWA certified) in six appellations including Alexander Valley, Dry Creek Valley, Russian River Valley, Napa Valley Carneros Anderson Valley and Mendocino Ridge. At the winery’s tasting room located in picturesque Dry Creek Valley, visitors may taste wines in the Villa Fiore Wine Shop, in the Enoteca located in the underground cellar, or outside on Il Terrazzo overlooking the vineyards, weather permitting. Wines are also available for purchase by the bottle or glass, and the winery is open daily, no appointment necessary. Free winery tours are by appointment, and private tastings are also available by appointment.
Ferrari-Carano is the only winery I would recommend as a must-see. The grounds are spectacular and the gardens out front are more than worth a stop. Be sure to head downstairs to the cellar. The staff is always very knowledgeable and friendly.
This is the most beautiful winery I have been to, ever. I felt like I was transported to Italy. My group did a tasting and we enjoyed it, but honestly any experience here will be overshadowed by the beautiful views and gardens. This is a must visit.