Located in Dry Creek Valley, just outside of Geyserville.
The carved J. Pederoncelli Winery wooden sign instantly tips you off.
This is a rustic and rooted in history-type-of-wine-tasting experience.
From the outside of the tasting room you would never guess 50-60k cases of wine are produced here a year.
Big case production and 90 years of small family values.
A perfect place to picnic and play bocce.
Friendly and happy tasting room hosts greet and serve you.
The tasting room is surrounded by vineyard hills.
I suggest visiting in the fall when the vines are putting on their colorful show.
Tasting $10 per person.
Tasting fee is waived with wine purchase.
Wines range from around $13-$36
Yay for delicious wines on the "cheaper" side.
Tasting Room open 10am-4:30pm daily.
I decided to add 2015 Bushnell Vineyard Zinfandel to my growing collection.
Brisket was on my mind after a friend smoked some on the Traeger the night before.
With brisket on my mind, Zin was the obvious choice.
Pedroncelli offers a wide selection of wine:
Sauv Blanc, Chardonnay, Rosé of Zin, Pinot, Merlot, Cab Franc, Sangiovese, Zin, Cab.
Word on the street is their Port is very popular.
Dogs allowed in picnic area and on patio.
If you look on Pedroncelli's social media you see a lot of Dirk.
Dirk is the dog is official Vineyard Guardian.
Social Media Worthy
Take a pic and make history.
An interesting fact:
The Pederoncelli tasting room was the very FIRST in Dry Creek Valley.
Great photo op if you want vineyard views!
Feel Good Vibes
I typically see a Pedroncelli donation at almost every local fundraising event I attend.
Clearly, they ARE a winery involved and invested in the local community.
Makes sense, congrats Pedroncelli for celebrating 90 years of farming in the Dry Creek Valley.
They're also a 70% Woman owned company with a woman winemaker! Women POWER!
100% profits from sales of their Sonoma Classico Wine Blend goes to Vineyards To Villages.
Vineyards to Villages raises money to bring water to villages in Africa.
Lastly, they farm in an environmentally sensitive way.
Protecting the environment is a value they've held since 1927.
Wine Nerd Facts
Pedroncelli is part of the SMITHSONIAN!!!
The Smithsonian is expanding their collections to reflect the whole American experience.
The wine industry is a vital part of Americans economy and history.
Italian immigrant John Pedroncelli's original winery sign from the 1930's has joined the national museum's permanent archives that showcase American history.
They also sent a wooden grape box stamped "Pedroncelli"
A copper polenta pot Grandma Julia Pedroncelli cooked in to serve family and crew.
AND a copy of the property bill of sale from 1927.
Hard to believe, with the housing crisis Sonoma County is facing right now, that back in 1927 the 90 acre Pedroncelli property was purchased for $11,000!!!
Wine Club? Fun Events?
Club Ped is a VERY popular wine club to join.
Very few wineries offer such a wide wine selection at such reasonable prices.
Pedroncelli participates in both Passport to Dry Creek Valley and Barrel Tasting Weekend.
Sheila's Tasting Notes
As I was sipping my wine and perusing the tasting room something caught my eye.
A gnarly looking vine.
Hanging from the vine were all kinds of little cards.
Turns out this is the Gratitude Vine.
Pulled from the Pedroncelli vineyard across from the tasting room.
Pedroncelli is grateful to share their wine with everyone who visits.
Guests fill out a thankful card and attached it to the vine.
A sweet way to end my tasting that left such a positive taste in my mouth.