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VJB Cellars

60 Shaw Ave, Kenwood, California, 95452 USA
Region: Sonoma (707) 833-2300 http://vjbcellars.com/
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For so many Italian families, traditions are important. For the Belmonte family, the owners of VJB Vineyards and Cellars, that’s most certainly true, and it’s those treasured traditions combined with the relaxed California lifestyle they’ve come to love that they share with guests to their winery since 2003.

The seeds of owning a winery were sown in the late 1990s when the family owned Caffe Portofino, a popular restaurant in downtown Santa Rosa. Patrons loved Maria Belmonte’s food and chatting with Vittorio and his sons Henry and Victor who ran the front of the house. As Henry and Victor watched diners enjoy wine with their meals they had an idea to start making their own wine to sell at the restaurant.

The brothers made their first harvest of Cabernet grapes in 1999, but before that wine was ever bottled, Victor passed away unexpectedly. Though filled with grief, Henry, along with his parents, was determined to keep his younger brother’s memory and passion for making wine alive. VJB Vineyards and Cellars—named for Victor Joseph Belmonte— was born.

In the summer of 2012 VJB Vineyards and Cellars celebrated its grand opening. With a portfolio of more than 15 wines including several Italian varietals rarely produced in California, coupled with wood oven pizzas and the wonderful, home style Italian food Maria is so well known for, VJB quickly became a must visit destination in the Sonoma Valley.


  Days and hours open

Mon10:00 AM4:00 PM
Tue10:00 AM4:00 PM
Wed10:00 AM4:00 PM
Thu10:00 AM4:00 PM
Fri10:00 AM4:00 PM
Sat10:00 AM4:00 PM
Sun10:00 AM2:00 PM

Tasting Policy:

Piazza Tasting $25 per person (non-refundable) By appointment only Private Tasting $35 per person (non-refundable) By appointment only. Bookings available at 10 a.m., 12 p.m., & 2 p.m. daily Owner’s Tasting $100 per person By appointment only


  • Large & Robust
  • Good For Groups
  • Lively
  • Modern
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Montepulciano
  • Chardonnay
  • Sparkling Wine
  • Aglianico
  • Port
  • Nero d'Avola
  • Blends
  • Food Available
  • Art/Historical Gallery
  • Outdoor Area
  • Private Tasting
  • Wheelchair Friendly
  • Wine Club
  • Food/Wine Pairings
  • Ability to Purchase Wine
  • Restaurant

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