Cline Cellars

Key Info

  • No appointment necessary.
  • Hours: 10am-6pm
  • In Sonoma County Carneros wine appellation. 
  • $10 tasting fee, waived with purchase of bottle.
  • VERY dog and kid friendly.
  • HUGE property.  Lots to explore.  Almost feels like you are at a park!
  • Six ponds, thousands of rosebushes, fountains and vintage railroad cars.
  • Lots of picnic tables.  Bring in your own food, buy a bottle, and relax.
  • Picnic tables can be reserved. 
  • On a hot day they have bottles chilled for purchase.
Sonoma Wine Life At Cline Cellars
  • Tasting room has a little deli with cheese, meats and snacks. 
  • Staff is quirky, friendly and very informative.
  • Super small tasting room.
  • Luckily there are other outside tasting stations.
  • Super reasonably priced wines.  Most cost between $14-$37.
  • Known for their Zins.
  • Offering both whites and reds.
Cline Cellars Tasting Room
  • Supposedly all wines here are vegan. 
  • Find Cline wines at select restaurants and grocery stores, shipped around the world.
  • 15% discount for seniors. (over 60)
  • A wedding venue
  • Very active and up to date social media presence. 
Exotic Birds At Cline Cellars

You May Not Know

  • Cline Cellar's was started in 1982.  The year I was born! 
  • The Cline's also own:
  • Jacuzzi Vineyards which is across the street.
  • The Olive Press.  The most highly awarded olive oil in the country. 
  • The tasting room is a rustic 1850's farmhouse that is original to the property. 
  • Feed fish in the pond.
Wine Tasting At Cline Cellars
  • Browse the Mission Museum (free of charge) with models of 21 California Missions.
  • The Mission models were originally from the 1939 San Francisco Fair.
  • The Cline family restored the models and created the museum.
  • Enjoy some winery critters: lots of aviaries with brightly colored exotic birds. 
  • Fred Cline (owner) also owns Green String Farm and Institute in Petaluma.  
  • The Clines also own Villa Laura in Tuscany which was the set for the movie "Under The Tuscan Sun."
  • Cline Cellars does not use any pesticides or herbicides in their vineyards.
  • They use sheep and goats to help fertilize and keep weeds away.
  • Cline has popular annual events:
  • Dixieland Jazz Festival every year around July.
  • Halloween Party where the barrel room is transformed into a Spooky Laboratory.
  • Every year they host a Easter Sunrise Service at the adobe mission on property. 
Easter Service At Cline Cellars

Sheila's Recommendation

  • While strolling the Cline property, I turned to my boyfriend:

  • "We need to bring our mom's here.  They would LOVE the birds!  
  • We need to bring your sister and my friend Katie and all the kids!  They would love the fish pond!"
  • Plan a day of it.
  • Get everyone you love to block out time on their weekend calendars.
  • Decide who's bringing what.  Potluck/picnic style. 
  • Get over to Cline before the mad lunch rush.
  • Stake out a picnic table or throw a blanket down in the grass.
  • Buy a bottle of cold Pinot Gris.
  • Enjoy! 
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