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Viszlay Vineyards

Updated: Jan 12


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Ambiance

  • Located near quaint, beautiful Healdsburg.

  • Part of the signature Russian River AVA microclimate.

  • Step inside the barrel tasting room for a comfortable and relaxed dining room vibe.

  • A large chandelier lamp sits next to the small production wine barrels on the back wall.

  • Two tall square tables and high wooden chairs fill the functional space and accommodates easy wine tasting conversation.

  • Enjoy the passion for winemaking from the friendly Viszlay family staff: John Viszlay, the winemaker, his daughter, Abby, or son, Tony.

  • Eager to share their unique wine making story and committed to create a memorable wine tasting experience for you.

  • Seating outside on white Aderondack chairs places you steps away from the 10 acre vineyard.

  • Enjoy the spectacular view of the hillside and Fitch Mountain.

  • Picnic tables are complimentary for savoring the wine with friends (call for reservations).

  • Put some cheese on a platter with your wine tasting pleasure/ $20pp (call for reservations).

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Cost: 

  • Tasting is $15 per person.

  • $20 per person for a walking tour/tasting in the vineyard.

  • Viszlay wine is only available at the winery for non club members.

  • Price range from $45- $98 a bottle

Appointment Needed? 

  • Yes

  • Tasting Room open 11:00-5:00pm

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Wine Pick

  • A fun variety of wines to try: Prosecco, Chardonnay, Alicante Bouschet, Bordeaux red blends, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Petite Syrah, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel.

  • I went home with the 2013 Viszlay Vineyards Pinot Noir.

Dog Approved

  • Yes

  • Dogs on leash are welcome.

  • There is a chance you will meet the Viszlay wine dog, Pepper, a young black lab whose enthusiasm mirrors the overall Viszlay wine experience.

  • Lexi, my chocolate lab, and Pepper frolicked outside the barrel room.

  • Pepper was most interested in Lexi.

  • Lexi was all in until Pepper got a little too friskey.

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Social Media Worthy

  • This is for sure a vineyard photo type of winery.

  • I pulled one of the adirondack chairs into the vineyard to pose for my photos.

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Feel Good Vibes

  • Because I’m Hungarian, I wanted to delve a bit into the Viszlay Hungarian story.

  • John Viszlay’s immigrant ancestors settled in Pennsylvania which is not far from where my Hungarian relatives settled in Ohio.

  • Occasionally finding fellow Hungarians is always a treat for me.

  • A treat for you might be a get away and stay at the Viszlay Vineyard Farmhouse.

  • Make it your reunion destination and enjoy the five bedroom Farmhouse, chef’s kitchen, wrap around deck, pool (Club Members get a discount).

  • Variety is the spice of life, and John farms TWELVE varietals on his property.

  • Viszlay Cub Members enjoy an impressive array of reds and whites

  • A Viszlay humanitarian cause is the Vineyards and Villages program, which supports bringing water to African villages.

  • Viszlay’s sustainable farming methods are the norm.

  • After a successful corporate career in Chicago, John relocated to Sonoma County to start a second career as a winemaker.

  • John connected with the right people and resources to launch his boutique winery.

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Wine Nerd Facts

  • Viszlay produces the only domestically grown Sonoma County Prosecco.

  • John Viszlay is a self-taught winemaker extraordinaire.

  • John’s no nonsense philosophy for wine making is simple: Nothing can stop me from making the best wine. He is often a one man show with a tireless work ethic and a discerni