Clos du Bois Winery
Located in Northern Sonoma County, Clos du Bois Winery has called Alexander Valley home for over 40 years. With the winery’s first vintage in 1974, Clos du Bois began with a vision of blending fine French winemaking techniques with the best Sonoma grapes to craft a range of balanced, approachable wines. Year after year, their wines have been appreciated by both wine critics and wine lovers alike.
Clos du Bois Winery farms nearly 800 acres in the vibrantly diverse wine regions of Sonoma County and Coastal California, working closely with trusted local growers to build long-lasting relationships. By sharing decades of boutique winemaking knowledge, technology and resources with each of these growers, Clos du Bois is able to ensure the integrity and effortless sophistication of every wine they create.
“Health, family, food and wine – all at the same time” is how Melissa Stackhouse, Clos du Bois Winery’s - Director of Winemaking, describes her idea of perfect happiness, and it is clear that winemaking for her is much more than a job. With a passion for the artistry behind winemaking, coupled with an appreciation of a balanced lifestyle, Melissa brings a unique vision and spirit to her role at Clos du Bois. With as much zeal and enthusiasm as when she first started out in the industry, Melissa aspires to create wines that are meant to be enjoyed while laughing and sharing a delicious meal with friends and family.
Few experiences bring you closer to the winemaker’s craft than a visit to the winery itself. Just over an hour north of San Francisco, Clos du Bois welcomes you to visit their scenic spot in Northern Sonoma County to taste, tour, shop or picnic. They welcome you to discover the French way of making wine under the California sun. Join them for a barrel tour and tasting, where you will tour their demonstration vineyard, sample wines directly from the barrel, then enjoy a tasting of finished wines paired with a cheese plate. Or try the Marlstone Experience, where you will tour the vineyard, taste all the components of a Boudreaux blend and then try your hand at becoming a winemaker by making blend of your own! Stop by the tasting room and taste through their Premier Tasting where you can explore small-production, winery-only wines with an in-depth taste into six of the staff’s favorites.
• Premier Tasting – Offered daily from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. - $15 per person
• Barrel Tour – Offered daily at 10am and 2 p.m - $25 per person
• Marlstone Experience – Offered daily at 12:30 p.m. - $50 per person
Along with a strong dedication to the craft of winemaking, Clos du Bois Winery is also dedicated to keeping the planet in mind. Since their inception in 1974, Clos du Bois has been a champion of sustainability. They are especially proud of their solar initiative, which utilizes more than 4,000 solar panels to power the winery almost 100%, the equivalent of providing electricity to 164 homes a year. They are water-conscious too. One acre of their almost 800 vineyard acres uses less water per year than a typical family of four.
Clos du Bois Winery believes that creating a healthy ecosystem in the vineyard is critical for the vines to thrive. They pulled out some vineyards along the Russian River and planted native trees and shrubs along the banks to promote healthier fish habitats. They also restored a wetlands area at the winery to create a healthy environment for migrating birds and other creatures.
Stop by, raise a glass and join Clos du Bois Winery in celebrating over 40 years in the heart of Sonoma County.