Ferrari-Carano Vineyards & Winery
New Taste Offerings This Spring and Summer
Founded in 1981 by Don and Rhonda Carano, Ferrari-Carano is home to award-winning wines, five acres of beautiful gardens and breathtaking vineyard views. Starting with a small, 30-acre vineyard in the late ’70s, Ferrari-Carano has grown to about 1,900 certified sustainably-farmed vineyard acres on 24 ranches in six appellations. Visit the beautiful home of Ferrari-Carano wines, the spectacular Italianate hospitality center, Villa Fiore, on the 70-acre Dry Creek Valley ranch with estate vineyards and beautiful gardens.
Wine Tasting Daily
At the winery, visitors may taste classic and limited release wines in the Villa Fiore Wine Shop, in the Enoteca located in the underground cellar, or on Il Terrazzo, the outdoor terrace overlooking the vineyards. Relax and sip on your own pace on Il Terrazzo, weather permitting, with a wine by the glass or bottle. Choose your favorite wine and stay awhile to take in the beautiful garden views.
“Uncorked Mondays” – A Complimentary Signature Tasting Each Monday
New this year, “Uncorked Mondays” is a weekly program offering a complimentary tasting of two wines to guests who venture into the winery on Mondays. Wine selection will change monthly, showcasing white, rosé and red wine seasonal favorites from the Ferrari-Carano Classics and Spirit of Italy series.
For April, Uncorked Mondays will feature 2013 Tre Terre Chard from Russian River Valley and 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon from Alexander Valley. Please note that wines are subject to change based on availability.
Highly Anticipated Rosé Now Available
Ferrari-Carano Vineyards and Winery just debuted its long-anticipated rosé: 2016 Dry Sangiovese Rosé. The wine’s pretty pink color and flexibility with food make it an ideal wine for warm weather sipping. “At Ferrari-Carano, we celebrate our Italian heritage through our love of food and entertaining, so a sunny, food-friendly Italian-style rosé is a thrilling addition to our wine family,” says owner, Rhonda Carano.
Executive Winemaker Sarah Quider describes this 100-percent Sangiovese rosé as having a lovely salmon hue, aromas and flavors of fresh-picked wild berries, mouthwatering acidity and an elegant finish. Recommended food pairings include salad, fresh seafood, game meats, and soft cheeses.
Wine & Chocolate Pairing
Offered in the Enoteca is an educational and fun wine tasting option that features five Ferrari-Carano’s wines – each paired with a custom blended chocolate bar, especially created for the winery, for $35 per person. How it works: each section of the semi-sweet chocolate bar has been crafted with different flavorings specifically chosen to pair with one of the Cabernet wines. Start at the beginning of the bar, bite off a piece of chocolate and then sip the corresponding Cabernet. This combination of fine artisan chocolate expertly complements the fruit-forward characteristics of the wines, and is a tasting experience you will not soon forget. No appointment is necessary.
Free Daily Winery Tour
If you’d like an in-depth look at Ferrari-Carano, reserve your spot for the winery tour, offered daily at 10 a.m., free and by appointment. Hosted by friendly and knowledgeable staff, you will stroll through the gardens, see vineyards up close, perhaps catch one of the winemaking team or cellar crew hard at work on the crush pad or in the winery’s cellars or tank rooms, view Don and Rhonda Carano’s personal wine cellar, and visit the Enoteca and Villa Fiore tasting rooms. You will hear about Ferrari-Carano’s history – how Don and Rhonda first came to Sonoma County on a wine buying trip and just fell in love with the area. After the tour, you are invited to taste Ferrari-Carano wines at the Classic Wine Bar or in the Enoteca. Winery tours are available daily, 10 a.m., by appointment. To schedule your tour, email tourinformation@ ferrari-carano.com or call the Hospitality Department at (707) 433-6700 or 1-800-831-0381.
Private Tastings are available by appointment. Each tasting, hosted in the PreVail Room, is designed to highlight the many nuances of wine in a fun and informative style and include Matchmaker (a wine and food pairing), Chardonnay Lovers, The King of Reds, The PreVail Tasting and Scentiments, to name a few. Private Tastings range in price from $20 to $35, and groups of up to eight are welcome. To schedule a private tasting, contact the hospitality department, firstname.lastname@example.org, call the Hospitality Department or visit the website, www.ferrari-carano.com.
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Seasons of the Vineyard Wine Shop
Shop for unique, wine country gifts at Rhonda Carano’s Seasons of the Vineyard Wine Shop located on the Healdsburg Plaza and taste delicious wine from Ferrari-Carano and Lazy Creek Vineyards at the same time! While you’re there, choose a wine by the glass, taste wines from the main tasting menu, or select a wine flight featuring Chardonnays, Pinot Noirs or Cabernet Sauvignons. Want more decadence? Try the Cabernet Sauvignon and chocolate pairing and we promise you won’t be disappointed. While you enjoy the easy, relaxed atmosphere and friendly conversation, be sure to check out the local artists series held on some Saturday nights, or stroll the shop with your wine and browse their curated collection of one-of-a-kind home décor, tabletop and gift items.
Wine Tasting at a Glance
Villa Fiore Tasting Bar
Offered daily, taste 5 wines for $10, refunded with a $50 purchase. Taste Ferrari-Carano’s Classic wines while enjoying stunning vineyards views and sweeping gardens. You’ll taste some of the best-known FC wines, like the Fumé Blanc and Chardonnay, along with an assortment of Classic reds, like Pinot Noir, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon
Enoteca Reseve Wines Tasting Bar
Offered daily, taste 4 wines for $25, refunded with a $150 purchase. The ultimate setting for tasting award-winning wines from Ferrari-Carano, like their single-vineyard Chardonnays, small production mountain Cab Sauvs and Anderson Valley Pinot Noirs. The majority of these wines are available only at the winery or through the wine club. Located in the cellar of the Villa and opposite the stunning wine barrel room, the Enoteca is offers salon-style seating on weekends during high seasons.
Taste wines al fresco on the terrace overlooking the vineyards just outside the Villa Fiore Tasting Bar. Choose to purchase wine by the glass or bottle and enjoy it at your own pace. Il Terrazzo is open every day, weather permitting.
Tours and Private Tastings By Appointment
Free winery tours are offered daily at 10am by appointment. You’ll experience the splendor of the winery as you stroll the grounds, cellar, crush pad, vineyards and villa. Explore the inner workings of a world-class winery through a behind-the-scenes tour where you just may run into a winemaker or two. Or choose a themed Private Tasting, also by appointment, offered daily, 11am and 2:30pm, where you’ll be hosted in the PreVail Room by our knowledgeable wine educator.