Open Daily 11am-5pm
Minutes from downtown Healdsburg, off Limerick Lane, those who are “in-the-know” will find Viszlay Vineyards owner and winemaker John Viszlay hard at work amongst the vine rows, or in his barrel room crafting small-lot blends of 12 distinct varietals. This truly special 10-acre site was planted in 1997 and its higher elevation and gentle slopes offers a unique micro-climate perfectly suited for a variety of red and white grapes to thrive simultaneously. Combined with John’s sustainable farming methods and his expertise in blending using Old-World winemaking techniques, the resulting wines are soft, elegant and balanced.
Producing under 1,500 cases annually, the estate vineyards are carefully managed by John to intentionally yield wines much lower in alcohol than neighboring producers. Striving for alcohol contents under 14.5%, particularly with his dark and brooding berry-laced Zinfandel, makes all the wines food-friendly and many of them top award-winners at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition several years running.
Viszlay wines are available through the winery only so booking an appointment to taste with John is the only way to secure his rare single bottlings of Malbec, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. The highly-limited bottling of Prosecco Brut Cuvée – the only domestically grown Prosecco in Sonoma County – is reserved just for club members. Tastings in the barrel room are offered daily by appointment for $15 per person or out in the vineyard for $20 per person, weather-permitting. Either tasting selected will guarantee a warm greeting by John, his son Tony or daughter Abby who run the winery with him, and their four-month-old Black Lab, Pepper – all of whom will be very happy you’ve stumbled upon their little piece of heaven known as Viszlay Vineyards.
Prosecco, Chardonnay, Alicante Bouschet, Bordeaux-style red blends, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Petite Syrah, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel.
John’s father designed the “V” logo found on their labels when he was just young a teenager, not knowing that one day, it would be his son John’s moniker for the Viszlay Vineyard wines.
Stay at their Vineyard Farmhouse. Bring your family or close group of friends and stay in the vineyard! Boasting five, en suite bedrooms, a modern chef’s kitchen with Wolf range and wood-fired pizza oven and wine fridge stocked for you to enjoy. Stunning vineyard views from wrap-around deck await! Club Members receive nightly discount and all guests can join in on tastings at the winery. Details and booking at www.vrbo.com/1235074.