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Buena Vista Winery

18000 Old Winery Road, Sonoma, California 95476, USA
Region: Sonoma County, CA, United States (800) 926-1266 http://buenavistawinery.com/
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  • Year Established:
    1857
  • Winery Contact:
  • Winemaker:
    Brian Maloney

About our winery:

Buena Vista Winery has a rich, delicious heritage as the first premium-and certainly the most colorful-of all of the wineries in California. And its founder, the self-proclaimed “Count of Buena Vista,” Agoston Haraszthy, was a vivacious and eccentric pioneer with a veritable love and unending commitment to California wine. Surrounded by his own tales of intrigue and political exile,

The Count immigrated from Europe in 1840 in pursuit of opportunity and freedom in the burgeoning American West. Following the forty-niners in search of gold in the hills of Northern California, Haraszthy sought “purple gold” – the perfect ‘terroir’ for exceptional wine. He ultimately settled in Sonoma, birthplace of California and capital of the short-lived California Republic, where he founded Buena Vista Winery in 1857.

A committed farmer, an experimental innovator and vintner, a respected author, a shrewd businessman and a brilliant and incredibly zealous promoter, The Count is considered California’s most acclaimed and flamboyant vinicultural pioneer and evangelist.

Despite his abrupt death in 1869 in an alligator-infested river in the jungles of Nicaragua and following the challenges of the depression, prohibition, and phylloxera infestation; his beloved Buena Vista Winery has not only endured but also prospered. Boisset Family Estates, a family with a true love and respect for Buena Vista, is passionately committed to continue the imaginative vision and unrivaled legacy first created by The Count 150 years ago. Please join us in celebrating the rebirth of Buena Vista. Our brilliant history, our spectacular wines and the extraordinary experience at our breathtaking estate.


Three things to love about us:

The Grounds
As visitors walk to the winery from the parking area they are greeted by cutout figures of notable characters in the winery's history and can read signs describing their contributions. On the left is a maze of hedges, creating a circuitous path that leads to seating areas and signs that describe events in the life of founder Count Agoston Haraszthy. The grounds also include a heritage garden, highlighting four time periods in Sonoma's horticultural history: Native California, Spanish Missions and Mexican Ranchos, the Gold Rush, and early statehood

Historic Tour & Tasting
Guests who opt for the historic tour of Buena Vista explore the property including the Champagne Cellars, Cave of Curiosities and the Wine Tool Museum, which features a 20-minute light, sound and visual show that presents the history of winemaking through the many tools on display.

'Be the Count' Blending Experience
Visitors seeking an interactive experience will enjoy the Winemaker for a Day: ‘Be the Count’ experience and be guided through the art of blending by one of our knowledgeable wine educators. Guests will have the opportunity to create three different blends, select their favorite, bottle their wine with their own customized label and leave with a newly branded wine tailored to their palate.


What makes us unique:

Founded in 1857 by Hungarian nobleman Agoston Haraszthy, the self-proclaimed “Count”, Buena Vista Winery is California’s first premium winery. The Count’s passion for innovation and excellence not only led to California’s first premium winery, but also to the development of the California wine world as we know it today. The Count saw the grand vision for producing fine wine in Sonoma, and Buena Vista was his vinicultural laboratory. He created the first gravity flow winery in California and excavated the first wine caves. The Count had been the first to experiment with Redwood barrels for aging and fermenting, and he brought over 300 different grape varieties from Europe to California.

After Boisset Collection Proprietor Jean-Charles Boisset acquired Buena Vista in 2011 he returned it to its original glory with the complete restoration and re-opening of the champagne cellars, which were unavailable to the public for over 20 years.


Our awards:

2016 Historic Preservation Award from the Sonoma League for Historic Preservation


  Days and hours open

Mon10:00 AM5:00 PM
Tue10:00 AM5:00 PM
Wed10:00 AM5:00 PM
Thu10:00 AM5:00 PM
Fri10:00 AM5:00 PM
Sat10:00 AM5:00 PM
Sun10:00 AM5:00 PM

  • Casual
  • Large & Robust
  • Good For Groups
  • Lively
  • Informative/Educational
  • Family Run
  • Good for Kids
  • Modern
  • Sparkling Wine
  • Carignan
  • Pinot Gris
  • Zinfandel
  • Grenache
  • Rose
  • Tempranillo
  • Pinot Noir
  • Charbono
  • Mourvedre
  • Trousseau
  • Chardonnay
  • Albarino
  • Merlot
  • Cinsault
  • Blends
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Tokaji
  • Food Available
  • Barrel Sampling
  • Outdoor Area
  • Private Tasting
  • Food/Wine Pairings
  • Catering
  • Wedding Services
  • Wine Caves
  • Tours
  • Event Space
  • Art/Historical Gallery
  • Wine Club
  • Ability to Purchase Wine

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