Now that Valentine's Day is around the corner, it's time to talk about Wine Country as one of the world's great romantic destinations. Throughout the year, couples come to Sonoma and Napa to exchange vows amid the vines. Others make it their honeymoon destination, reveling in the incredible food, wine, and romance this region offers.
For this Valentine's Day, we're dialing you in on some of the most romantic wineries in these parts.
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This sparkling wine house is nestled in the hillside high above the Carneros region in the southern tip of Sonoma County. The terrace here offers sweeping views of the Sonoma landscape. Buy a glass or bottle of sparkling wine and stake out a table by the rail. If you forget to bring snacks, they've a selection of cheeses and crackers on site.
02 of 05Paradise Ridge sits atop Fountaingrove in the north part of Santa Rosa, with a gorgeous view facing west. It’s a beautiful drive up to the winery, through vines and past the sculpture gardens. Most locals think of Paradise Ridge more for the views than the wines, but almost all of the wines here have become perpetual award winners of late.
03 of 05This winery occupies the old Pezzi King property on Lambert Bridge Road in Dry Creek Valley. The deck here features a spectacular view of the valley floor. And, down below, find more romance in one of the secluded, vine-covered picnic spots on the lawn. First-rate wines from top to bottom. (Full Disclosure: I work here, and you can find me behind the bar on the occasional Saturday.)
04 of 05No doubt the villa at Ferrari-Carano is a fantastic piece of architecture, and the wines here are solid, but the romantic draw is the gardens. Five acres of gardens surround the villa, including more than 2,000 species of trees, shrubs and plants and 10,000 tulips in the spring.Continue to 5 of 5 below.
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You have to cross a small mountain range to get to this Napa Valley winery, but it's really only 30 minutes from Santa Rosa. The tram ride up to the winery is just the start of the fun - when you get to the top, you'll find glorious 360 degree views of Napa Valley. On a clear day, you can see forever.