Winter Wonderland at FC - The Perfect Time to Visit
Some 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 1,200 certified sustainably farmed vineyard acres on 23 ranches in six appellations. Visit the beautiful home of Ferrari-Carano wines, festively decorated for the holidays, 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.
A Tasty Trio: Wine, Cheese & Chocolate Pairing
Try the wine, cheese and chocolate pairing offered by appointment in the PreVail Room. 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.
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 $35 to $55, and groups of up to ten 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.
2017 Chardonnay, Sonoma County
This wine is comprised of grapes from 60 different vineyard lots in Sonoma County that are blended together to create one full-bodied, delicious Chardonnay. A house favorite, this wine delights with aromas of pear, white peach, graham cracker, vanilla and buttercream, perfectly balanced by vibrant and refreshing flavors of Fuji apple, cinnamon and Meyer lemon. Lingering creamy and toasted oak notes round out the finish. This versatile Chardonnay pairs perfectly with seafood, poultry, white meats and dishes with cream sauces. Try preparations that include citrus, butter, cream, cheese, bacon, nutmeg, thyme, basil or toasted nuts … a delicious white wine for all of your holiday gatherings!