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 and taste in the spectacular Italianate hospitality center, Villa Fiore, on the 70-acre Dry Creek Valley estate that’s complete with 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 at your own pace on Il Terrazzo, weather permitting, with a wine by the glass or bottle, and pick from an array of Artisan cheeses, salamis, crackers, chips, olives and nuts to accompany your wine, all available for purchase from the tasting room.
“Uncorked Mondays” is a weekly program offering a complimentary tasting of two wines to guests who venture into the winery or Seasons of the Vineyard on Mondays. Wine selection changes monthly, showcasing white, rosé and red wine seasonal favorites from the Ferrari-Carano’s Classic and Spirit of Italy series. For March, Uncorked Mondays will feature 2017 Pinot Grigio from Russian River Valley and 2014 Pinot Noir from Anderson Valley, while April will feature 2015 Sonoma County Chardonnay and Merlot. Please note that wines are subject to change based on availability.
A Tasty Trio: Wine, Cheese & Chocolate Pairing
Brand new this winter is the new wine, cheese and chocolate pairing offered in the Enoteca. It’s a fun and educational tasting option that features five Ferrari-Carano cabernet sauvignons – each paired with the perfect artisan cheese and locally-made Volo chocolate, $50 per person. How it works: each cheese and chocolate has been specifically chosen to pair with each of the Cabernet wines. This combination of fine artisan cheeses and chocolates expertly complements the fruit-forward characteristics of the wines and is a tasting experience you will not soon forget. No appointment is necessary. (See menu in the sidebar on the right.)
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,
Fan favorite 2017 Dry Sangiovese Rosé Now Available
The second vintage of the winery’s long-anticipated rosé, the 2017 Dry Sangiovese Rosé, has just been released. 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.
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. 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 $15, refunded with a 3-bottle purchase. Taste Ferrari-Carano’s Classic and best-known 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 like 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 & Private Tastings By Appointment
Free winery tours are offered daily at 10am by appointment. 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. To schedule your tour,
Offered In the Enoteca at FC
NEW! Wine, Cheese & Chocolate Pairing
$50 per person
No Reservation Required!
2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley
Volo 73% Chocolate Orange
Cypress Grove Chèvre Sgt. Pepper Goat Cheese*
Goat’s milk cheese from Humboldt County.
Exotic spices, pepper threads.
Volo 70% Dark Salted Caramel Crunch Chocolate
Vella Dry Jack Cheese*
Grass-fed, cow’s milk, Sonoma artisan cheese.
Mellow with bold, nutty flavor.
2013 Cabernet Reserve, Alexander Valley
Volo 62% Dark Milk Chocolate
Cypress Grove Chèvre Lamb Chopper Cheese*
Mature, Gouda-style, sheep’s milk cheese. Buttery and smooth.
2013 PreVail West Face
Volo 62% Dark Milk with Almonds Chocolate
Bleeting Heart Death & Taxes Cheese*
2013 PreVail Back Forty
Volo 73% Deep Dark Chocolate
Valley Ford Cheese & Creamery Grazin’ Girl Cheese*
Buttery, sweet cream…a Gorgonzola dolce.
*cheeses subject to change based on availability
Volo Chocolates are locally made in Healdsburg
and are available for purchase in the Villa Fiore Gift Shop.