Martin Ray Winery
Open daily 11am - 5pm
Located in the hub of the Russian River Valley, Martin Ray Winery is located on one of the oldest historical winery sites in California (established in 1881), known by its soaring water tower built in the 1940s. The grounds are serene and lushly landscaped. Pack a picnic to enjoy with a bottle of Martin Ray wine. Tasting room staff is friendly, knowledgeable and unpretentious – happy to guide visitors on a wine tasting journey. First-timers come in as strangers and leave as friends.
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Martin Ray Winery is an ambitious amalgam of labels and wines, all housed in one of Sonoma County’s most historic wineries. Founder/Proprietor Courtney Benham is a third-generation San Joaquin Valley winemaker who knew he wanted to some day own a winery himself. In 1990, he discovered a treasure trove of old library wines with the label of Martin Ray, a Santa Cruz Mountains winemaker. Courtney bought the rights to the Martin Ray name and in 2003 purchased the historic Martini-Prati Winery in western Sonoma County; now home to the Martin Ray line of wines.
One common thread between Courtney and Martin Ray is the firm belief that vineyard location is crucial to character and quality of the wine. There is a special emphasis on mountain-grown wines, a conviction that mountain-side elevation provides cooler nights during the growing season which result in superb fruit ripeness. Diamond Mountain in Napa Valley, Sonoma Mountain in Sonoma County and the Santa Cruz Mountains to the south are three of the most prestigious vineyard locations for Martin Ray grapes.
Wines available include fruit-forward, picnic-friendly Angeline wines, Martin Ray wines that have elegant structure and vineyard character, the vineyard designated reserve wines and Courtney Benham wines that are limited-production offerings from some of California’s most interesting wine regions.
At the winery, picnic tables and chairs outside the tasting room overlook verdant hills and vineyards. Lush, colorful landscape and flowers surround the tasting room. The friendly and knowledgeable tasting room staff can suggest interesting wines to taste side-by-side, so visitors can compare a Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma Mountain with one from Alexander Valley. It’s not only a great educational experience – it’s also lots of fun!
Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Dry Rosé, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel
On the Vine
The longer “hang time” (the time a grape cluster remains on the vine) that the mountainside vineyards allow means riper, richer fruit. You can find the result right there in your glass of Martin Ray wine.
Martin Ray Winery is one of the oldest historical winery sites in the Golden State (California), so take your time and wander through the historic property. Book your tour today!
Order boxed lunches or custom picnic baskets online, as well as reserve tasting experiences and tours.