For the first time, Sonoma-Cutrer Winery has opened its doors to the public, showcasing its newly renovated tasting room and offering tours of its world-class winery.
While Sonoma-Cutrer has been making award-winning wines for more than two decades, this is the first time visitors have had the opportunity to see first-hand how its grapes are grown and crafted into renowned wines.
The tasting center will be open Thursdays through Mondays, and tours will be offered by appointment. Guests will be able to taste the wines while getting a behind-the-scenes look at how Sonoma-Cutrer wines are made – from the grape to the bottle. Visitors will even have the opportunity to experience the world-renowned croquet courts located at the winery.
“People have been inviting us into their homes for years, so we thought it was time to invite them to our home,” said John Hudson, Sonoma-Cutrer’s brand director. “We want to share our beautiful winery, unique winemaking techniques and our wonderful Sonoma-Cutrer experience with our consumers.”
To commemorate the occasion, the winery hosted an open house for consumers and members of the trade on July 10. Guests were welcomed by the winery staff, including the winemakers, and enjoyed music, wine and food pairings, and croquet.
Sonoma-Cutrer is best known for its successful and consistent Chardonnays and its precise winemaking methods used to make them. Following the traditional Burgundian style, Sonoma-Cutrer utilizes a strict process that ensures the highest quality and craftsmanship, and allows the wines to age well over time.
This precision also provides for consistent wine quality, which has propelled Sonoma-Cutrer to the top of the Wine and Spirits Restaurant Poll’s Chardonnay category for 19 of the last 21 years.