Saturday, December 15, 2007

Beautiful Hilltop Winery in Sonoma Valley

Moon Mountain Vineyard is easily overlooked when winetasting in the Sonoma Valley. It requires an appointment to visit and is a couple of miles up Moon Mountain Drive, on the Sonoma side of Mount Veeder between the towns of Sonoma and Glen Ellen.

The drive up Moon Mountain Drive takes you through beautiful vineyards with fantastic views of the mountains and valley floor. Along the way, you will pass one of Sonoma County's most famous vineyards, Monte Rosso, which was founded by the Napa winery, Louis Martini. When you arrive at Moon Mountain Vineyard, you'll climb the steps to the tasting room, where you will have beautiful views of the surrounding hillside vineyards.

Moon Mountain grows all five of the classic Bordeaux varietals; Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petite Verdot, and Malbec; as well as Syrah. The vineyards are certified organic; although, the wine is not as sulfites are added.

Tours and tastings are available from Tuesday through Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and sometimes at 10:30 a.m. A tour lasts about 90 minutes and includes a visit to the winery's natural caves. There is a nominal $10 fee for the tour and tasting that is credited towards any purchase.

Moon Mountain is a welcome retreat from the traffic and crowds along Route 12 in the Sonoma Valley. If you would like to take a private wine country tour of Sonoma Valley that includes a stop at Moon Mountain Vineyards, please call me at (866) 326-4237 (toll free) or e-mail me by clicking here.

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