Korbel California Champagne

Key Info

  • Located along the picturesque fir-covered hills just outside of Guerneville.

  • 135 years of champagne making excellence.

  • Iconic, Korbel’s first TV ad was on the Johnny Carson show.

Korbel Winery
  • Open Daily for tasting 10:00-5:00.

  • Walk-ins ok

  • Pet friendly, must be leashed and remain in designated areas.

  • Kid friendly.

  • Complimentary, a key word for Korbel.

  • Free tours that end with a bubbly tasting.

  • Daily Walking Tour is 50 min and starts on the hour (11:00am-3:00pm)

  • Garden Tour Tuesday-Sunday 1:00 - 3:00pm

  • Visit the Korbel website for seasonal schedule changes. HERE

  • Purchase food in the Deli and Market 9:00-5:00pm

  • Korbel recently named Erica Mandi as senior winemaker.

  • Mandi started as a lab tech at Korbel 20 years ago and worked her way up.

  • Mandi says, “In the wine industry, specifically, we are just now seeing more women in positions of power.”

Complimentary Tasting At Korbel
  • Wide range of varietals that complement every celebration:

  • Brut, California Champagne Chardonnay, Extra Dry Brut, Blanc de Noirs, Brut Rosé, Sweet Cuvé, Sweet Rosé, Sauv Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot, Zin, Cab, Cream Sherry Port.

  • Korbel’s house style is fruit forward, fresh, crisp, clean, and approachable.

  • Average price per bottle around $20.

  • Million and ½ cases in yearly production.

You May Not Know

  • Korbel bubbly ferments in the bottle from which it is served.

  • Methode Champenoise is the name of this unique fermenting method.

  • Result = many bubbles.

  • Why is Korbel allowed to use Champagne for their wines?

  • One of the original Korbel winemakers received wine certification/degree in the French Champagne region which, at the time, meant he could use the Champagne designate.

Sheila's Recommendation

  • I really want to come back and experience the raved about Garden Tour.

  • Maybe in Fall when the ivy around the buildings changes color.

  • I highly recommend visiting for lunch.

  • A client of mine is up the road in Guerneville.

  • On days when he is my last client I stop at Korbel on the way home.

  • The deli is TWO THUMBS UP!

Korbel Delicatessen
  • I ordered gazpacho and grilled beef tri-tip.

  • I also snuck in two of the local chocolate truffles.

  • A peanut butter and then a champagne truffle.

  • I can’t rave enough about the deli.

  • Gorgeous location amongst the redwood trees.

  • Gourmet sandwiches, loads of ‘treat yourself’ dessert options, and relaxing scenery.

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