Nestled atop a vineyard-covered knoll at the southernmost edge of the Carneros wine region is Ram’s Gate Winery. The upscale farmhouse is all subtle majesty, with a central fireplace in the open-air courtyard that greets you upon entry, 30-foot ceilings, weathered timber interiors, and a fluid floor plan melding indoors and out.
Appointments are required to experience seated, guided tastings. Walk-ins welcome at the tasting bar.
"Ask for a tour of the venue. They have a private library for members, an outdoor fire pit (also for members only), and an amazing dining area downstairs in the tasting room. You can also walk down to the pond in the vineyard."
Located on the absolute edge of the Carneros wine region, this hilltop barn will be the first winery you hit — seconds after the “Welcome to Sonoma” sign. And since you can arrange for everything from small bites paired with wine flights to elaborate dinners in their caves to simple wine tastings, this could end up being your only stop.
While there’s no actual restaurant per se, Rose will prepare farm-to-table dishes as elaborate small plate pairings for wine tastings held in an underground dining cellar next to the barrel room. Other property highlights include a culinary garden, plus an open kitchen for interactive chef demonstrations, picnic foods, and private wine dinners.