VJB Vineyards & Cellars
Open Daily, 10am-4pm
Gift Items, Art Exhibit, Pets Welcome
VJB Vineyards & Cellars is a boutique family owned facility producing Cabernet, Syrah and Montepulciano vines. Wines are only available through the tasting room and their wine club. Tasting room also features selection of wine country-related gift items, picnic goodies and espresso/gelato bar.
Snoma County Day Trips Spring/Summer 2015:
Unique Winery Experience in Kenwood
Experience a taste of Italy in the scenic Sonoma Valley at this family-run winery that prides itself on Old World charm and hospitality. A wine tasting menu filled with small production Italian varietals will whet your appetite for a leisurely lunch of antipasti and pizza from the deli and wood-fired oven. On weekends at 1 p.m., enjoy a serenade by the Wine Country Tenors as you sip and savor on the
sun-drenched piazza. Browse the marketplace filled with owner Maria Belmonte’s homemade sauces, pastas that are made onsite, as well as a huge selection of Italian specialty goods. Finish your visit with a treat from the chocolate and gelato shop.
The moment guests step through the gate at VJB Vineyards and Cellars they’ll feel as though they’ve been transported to a small Italian village. Buildings made of stone and rustic wood beams lend an Old World feel, and on sunny, pleasant days the winery’s piazza is full of happy visitors enjoying all that VJB has to offer.
The first stop is usually the tasting room bar where VJB’s friendly, knowledgeable staff takes guests the tasting menu that features the winery’s limited production Italian varietals such as the estate Sangiovese or Montepulciano. Chances are visitors will try wines they’ve never tasted before and gain an appreciation for these rare, California-grown Italian varietals that are produced with an eye toward New World innovation and Old World sensibility.
Afterwards, guests can enjoy a relaxing afternoon on the piazza enjoying wood-fired pizzas and flatbreads from VJB’s Red Rooster Pizza Co. Crisp Neapolitan-style pizzas, calzones and flatbreads are delivered hot and fresh to guests’ tables to enjoy with one of VJB’s many wines available by the glass or bottle.
There is also a large selection of cheeses, salumi and antipasti in La Cucina, the onsite deli. Get a cheese and salumi platter to share or freshly pressed panini. There are also several grilled selections including ribs seasoned with owner Henry Belmonte’s secret rub, or pair some of the chicken skewers with a freshly made salad.
Guests can also take home a taste of VJB from the marketplace which feature Estate grown olive oil, Maria Belmonte’s homemade sauces, and even pasta that’s made in house. An onsite chocolate and gelato shop is the perfect ending to a visit here.
From the wine to the food, the atmosphere and hospitality, VJB is the ideal place to experience all that wine country has to offer.
Italian varietals rarely grown outside of Italy are the big draw here, such as the crisp and refreshing Tocai Friulano, a white wine that’s sure to become a summertime staple. The estate-grown Sangiovese is always stunning and sells out quickly. Guests that find it on the tasting menu when they visit are in for a real treat. New varietals are released every month, ensuring that guests will have a unique tasting experience each visit.
There’s always a reason to linger a little longer at VJB. Enjoy a glass of your favorite wine from your tasting along with a panini from the deli on the piazza. Sit back and listen to the Wine Country Tenors’ weekend afternoon performance. Browse the marketplace to find great gifts for friends and family. Savor something sweet from the onsite chocolate and gelato shop. Whatever you choose, it’s a great way to soak up a bit more of VJB’s Italian charm and hospitality.