Black Wineries

Vision Cellars, Black Wineries

Award-Winning Wines by Vision Cellars

Black Wineries

Black Wineries in the San Francisco Bay Area have won won the world class awards, but change is afoot. Retirements and different interests by family members have left succession plans in question, but not the fine wines produced in these parts.

Vision Cellars
DESCRIPTION: Winemaker Mac McDonald was born the son of a Texas moonshine maker. His mother made wine from various fruits grown on their farm. After tasting Pinot Noirs from the world over (which tasted better than moonshine) and following several trips to France, he and wife decided to become a winemakers. His Pinot Noir has won awards. Mac does not have a wine tasting room, but he does have a Wine Club and you can make appointments to visit.
ADDRESS: Windsor, CA
PARKING: on site
PHONE: 707-836-4282
WEBSITE: http://www.visioncellars.com

Esterlina Vineyards
DESCRIPTION: This award-winning vineyard is one of a handful of American Viticulture Associations designated appellations. Producing some of the finest Cabernet Sauvignon, Riesling, Merlot and Pinot Noir in the region, many larger wineries purchase grapes from them. With 30 years experience as California vintners, the Sterling Family prefers a “small quantity, high quality” style of winemaking. Hence, they carefully selected each of their vineyards for climate, soil conditions and geography to present the finest fruit from superior appellations. They have a Wine Club, where you can join the family in their Fall wine crush. It is located on 400-acres in Mendocino County, so bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the spectacular views.
DAYS& HOURS: appt only
ADDRESS: 1200 Holmes Ranch Road, Philo MAP
PARKING: on site
PHONE: 707-895-2920
WEBSITE: http://www.esterlinavineyards.com

Sharp Cellars
DESCRIPTION: Vance and Monika Sharp’s founded this winery in 1998 on a hillside that features organically-grown grapes. They used to offer private tours, tastings and a four-course winemaker’s meals in a Mediterranean-style estate with sweeping vistas of the Sonoma Valley. Their signature product is Hailey’s Creek Zinfandel, but they have Best in Class Wine awards for their Pinot Noir and Pinot Blanc. After nearly 20 years as winemakers, Vance and Monika are retiring. The good news is, you can purchase their remaining wines by the case at 50-70% discount. Call 707-290-3515 or Email vance@sharpcellars.com to place your order on these best-of-breed wines at fantastic prices before they run out.
ADDRESS: 17560 Norrbom Road, Sonoma County MAP
PARKING: on site
PHONE: 707-933-0556
WEBSITE: https://www.facebook.com/Sharp-Cellars-60577052000/

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