Best Wineries to Take the Kids: Napa & Sonoma

The definition of a family friendly vacation in wine country used to mean leaving the kids at home or even worse not going. Luckily, more and more wineries are realizing parents are vino lovers too. They've upped the ante, pouring world-class wine alongside pools, besides bocce ball courts and in castles. The beldn couldn't be better, creating a taste of wine country even kids will love.
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Francis Ford Coppola Winery

300 Via Archimedes, Geyserville, CA 95441

Visiting the Francis Ford Coppola Winery is like visiting a resort, you just don't spend the night. Taste some wine, sit by the pool or play a round of bocce ball. If your plans include the pool, reserve a cabine so you're guaranteed a spot. Servers from the pool side cafe will deliver lunch right to your lounge chair. The museum is small, but mighty, featuring an impressive collection of memorabilia from Coppola's Hollywood career. The shiny red rotating Tucker is hard to miss. Head upstairs to see The Godfather's desk, academy awards and props from the long list of Coppola's films.

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Castello di Amorosa

4045 St Helena Hwy, Calistoga, CA 94515

It's hard not to love a castle in the middle of wine country. The photo opportunities are endless. It's a bit touristy at Castello di Amorosa, but that doesn't stop it from being a fun thing to do. Take a tour of the castle and learn about the amazing effort and dedication that went into the 15 year construction project of the 13th century medieval Tuscan-style castle. The tasting features Italian-style wine, but it's all about the bottled grape juice with the kids. It's hard to leave without stocking up on chocolate. Paired with wine during your tasting, one bite and you're hooked.

Larson Family Winery

23355 Millerick Rd, Sonoma, CA 95476

I love the relaxed feeling you immediately get when you arrive at Larson Family Winery. Grab some wine from the barn turned tasting room and then head outside for a game of bocce ball, corn hole or just soak up some sun. There's plenty of room for kids and kids-at-heart to run around. Dog are more than welcome, so there's no reason to leave your pooch sitting at home.

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Sterling Vineyards

1111 W Dunaweal Ln, Calistoga, CA 94515

Sterling Vineyards gets rave reviews for its stellar views. The tree lined drive in sets the tone. After you park the car, you climb aboard a gondola that whisks you up, up and away. Have your camera handy for some impressive Napa Valley views. When you arrive at the top, it's a self-guided tour, so you can move and sip at your own pace.

Quivira Vineyards

4900 West Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg, CA 95448-9721

Grapes aren't the only things growing at Quivira Winery. There are more than 90 acres of vineyards, but it has more of a farm feel thanks to the chickens and pigs. Grab some wine, but be sure to save some time for wandering around the amazing garden complete with pond and beehive. Quivira has its hand in an assortment of conservation projects, including restoring Wine Creek, a stream that runs through its estate and is home to endangered and threatened coho and Chinook salmon and steelhead.

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Benziger Family Winery

1883 London Ranch Rd, Glen Ellen, CA 95442

Tucked away in Glen Ellen Benziger Family Winery is family owned and operated. (Just a few miles away on Highway 12, Imagery is also run by the Benziger Family.) Certified organic and Biodynamic, they rely on Mother Nature to help make their wine. The vineyards are dotted with bat boxes, owl boxes and bird houses. There are two insectory areas to keep bugs happy and working hard. Kids will enjoy wandering through the Biodynamic Discovery Trail. Do that before you head over to taste of take the Tram Tour, because that's when the will discover the play area, and it'll be harder to pry them away.

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Imagery Estate Winery

14335 Sonoma Hwy, Glen Ellen, CA 95442

There's all sorts of thing to do at Imagery Estate Winery, inside and out. The Tasting Room doubles as an art gallery, showcasing the art used to create their wine labels. The grounds are beautiful, and the huge lawn means there's plenty of room for kids to run around. There's also a bocce ball court and plenty of outside tables and chairs. It's a great place for a picnic on a sunny day.

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V. Sattui Winery

1111 White Ln, St Helena, CA 94574

V. Sattui Winery is owned by the same family that runs Castello di Amorosa in Calistoga. It's grounds make it a perfect place to stop, taste and picnic in Napa Valley. You can buy everything you need on-site. There's a cheese shop, deli and a salumeria. Though it can get pretty crowded, there are plenty of oak trees to shade large stretches of grass and many picnic tables.

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Cline Cellars

24737 Arnold Dr, Sonoma, CA 95476

With lots of grass, picnic tables and roses that seem like they are constantly in bloom, Cline Cellars is nice place for families to taste and picnic. The winery is also home to the California Missions Museum. Inside are 21 models that represent all of the California Missions. The models were made for the World’s Fair at Treasure Island in 1939.

Last updated at Apr 03, 2016