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St. Francis Winery

Updated: Jan 12

Key Info

  • Nestled at the foot of Hood Mountain between Santa Rosa and Sonoma on Hwy 12.

  • The late Joe Martin founded St. Francis Winery.

  • He helped turn California Merlot into a household name.

  • More than 380 acres of Estate Vineyards in Sonoma and Russian River Valley.

  • Named after St. Francis of Assisi.

  • Patron saint and protector of animals and ecology.

  • St. Francis is believed to be the first to bring European grape cultivation to the New World.

  • A walk across the stone bridge entrance transports visitors back to California’s early days.

  • A statue of St Francis is located just before you reach the bell tower.

  • The bell tower is home to a 1,000 lb. bronze bell crafted in Italy.

  • Mission Style, spacious tasting room with tiled floors, large windows and cozy fireplace.

  • Shop in the well-stocked gift shop for wine related items and logo clothing.

  • Wine Tasting daily 10:00-5:00 pm.

  • $15pp fee waived with purchase of two bottles.

  • Walk-ins welcome.

  • Wine and Cheese Pairing: $25 pp daily

  • Self Guided Tour: offered daily, follow the station signs.

  • Estate Vineyard Tour and Tasting: $25 pp, Fri-Sun, 10:30 am. By appointment.