Buena Vista Winery 18000 Old Winery Rd., (800) 926-1266, (707) 938-1266. Tasting daily 10-5, $15 fee; tours $20-$35. Founded in 1857, this is California's first commercial winery. Visitors park on the outskirts, and after a short, pleasant walk in can taste wines in the welcoming old Press House or at an outside bar (don't miss sampling the nutty cream sherry, available only at the winery). I recommend making reservations for a tour with The Count. You’ll get a chance to see the newly reopened Champagne Cellars building--so called because the first méthode champenoise in California was made in these deliciously cool caves in 1862 (they are always 57 degrees)--that holds California’s original wine cave. You’ll also learn the winery’s interesting history from The Count, a talented storyteller. Other tours include a barrel tasting, and a blending seminar lets you leave with your own unique blend and label.
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