The 9 Best Urban Wineries in the Sacramento Area
It’s no secret. Northern California produces some of the best wines in the world — especially in regions like Napa and Sonoma Valley. While the wine-rich area is certainly worthy of a day (or weekend!) trip, there is no shortage of wine available right in our backyard.
Explore the many incredible wineries in Sacramento or not far from the city, so you can go on a tasting adventure without traveling too far from home. Plus, these convenient locations mean you can use Uber or Lyft to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for your entire party! While these wineries are near the busyness of the city, you’ll feel like you’re away from it all as you sip on decadent wines and take in scenic vineyard views.
Revolution Wines | Midtown Sacramento
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Revolution Wines is the only fully operational urban winery and kitchen in the city. This family-owned and -operated business is focused on Old World winemaking and tasting, features a fresh seasonal menu, and offers personalized food and wine pairings. The winery’s farm-to-fork and farm-to-glass emphasis truly sets Revolution Wines apart. Their wines are made with fruit from Yolo Vineyards, Aparicio Vineyards, Gandyhill Vineyard, and Sutter Ranch Vineyards. Revolution Wines crushes and ferments the grapes, bottles the wine, and offers tastings of the finished product — all in their boutique winery-bistro in Midtown.
Scribner Bend Vineyards | Clarksburg
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This family-owned winery is situated in the Sacramento Delta just south of downtown in Clarksburg. In addition to operating as a complete winery, Scribner Bend Vineyards is a popular wedding and special events venue, as the grounds provide an idyllic setting for any occasion. In fact, it’s one of our favorite unconventional places to get married in the Sacramento area! Scribner Bend wines are estate grown and bottled, and they don’t leave the property until purchased! The addition of their barrel and crushing facility in 2007 allows Scribner Bend Vineyards to complete the entire wine-making process on site. Their production is constantly changing as new trends emerge in the wine industry, but their commitment to producing award-winning wines remains the same.
Stop by for a tasting Fridays through Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Great Bear Vineyards | Davis
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Great Bear Vineyards is situated on the edge of Davis, which offers complex soils, hot days, and nights cooled by the Delta breeze. They put immense care into the production of their wines, resulting in intense flavor and the utmost quality. Great Bear ferments in small lots, which allows them to take meticulous care of the production. Their white wines are aged in steel to bring out crisp, aromatic wine with mineral notes, and their reds are aged for over 18 months in French oak barrels, producing deep and distinct wines. This boutique winery also produces hand-tended grapes to supply to world-class wineries throughout Napa, Sonoma, and elsewhere in the state.
Great Bear is open the second Saturday of each month from 2–6 p.m. and tickets to those wine tastings are available here. Otherwise, vineyard visits are by appointment only. Email GreatBearVineyards@gmail.com or call 530-574 1516 to arrange a time!
Miner’s Leap | Clarksburg
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Miner’s Leap is an idyllic winery located just south of the city in the charming community of Clarksburg. You’ll discover a well-manicured landscape with scenic views, handcrafted wines, and a friendly staff at this family-owned winery. The Miner family has been producing and making wine on the West Coast for several generations, and the rich history of making fine wines shines through with each sip.
Stop by to sample Miner’s Leap wines on Fridays from 12–7 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from 12–6 p.m. Don’t miss happy hour on Fridays from 5–7 p.m. with live music from local musicians!
Frasinetti Winery & Restaurant | SE Sacramento (Florin)
Established in 1897, Frasinetti Winery & Restaurant is the oldest family-owned and -operated winery in Sacramento. The winery’s founder, James Frasinetti, was an Italian immigrant who brought with him an abundance of “Old World” winemaking knowledge and a desire to build a reputation for producing quality wine. And that he did! Today, you can experience the winery’s rich history and sample some exceptional Old World wines with a visit to their quaint tasting room and gift shop.
The Frasinetti tasting room is open Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Bogle Vineyards | Clarksburg
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While Bogle Vineyards is a well-known brand across the country with several vineyards throughout California, the Clarksburg location is considered “home base” for the winery. After farming on the land for over 100 years, the Bogle family decided to try their hand at growing wine grapes. The fertile clay and peat soils coupled with warm days and cool nights create an ideal setting for growing a number of varietals, including Merlot, Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Petite Sirah and Riesling.
The Bogle tasting room is open on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and weekends from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Their scenic outdoor space is the perfect place to sip on wine, soak up the sun, and enjoy beautiful vineyard views.
McConnell Estates | Elk Grove
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The Wackman family, the owners of McConnell Estates Winery, has been farming the winery’s rich land in Elk Grove for five generations. The beautiful estate home on the property was built over 100 years ago, and now houses an intimate tasting room, where you can sample exceptional estate-grown and -produced wines, enjoy an outdoor concert during the summer, or host your own private event. Wines you sample here are produced from varietals grown just outside or in vineyards adjacent to the winery and tasting room.
Visit McConnell Estates tasting room from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Fridays from May through September, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
Bailarin Cellars | Downtown
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Bailarin Cellars is a Sonoma County winery with an incredible tasting room located in the heart of Sacramento. In December 2018, this popular winery moved from the Arden-Arcade neighborhood to their new home in downtown Sacramento, along K Street next door to the Golden 1 Center. This is a convenient place to sample the incredible wines from Bailarin Cellars, which specializes in small-lot Russian River Pinot Noir. They serve their full lineup of Sonoma County wine in tasting flights, by the glass, and for off-sale. Bailarin also has a full Insight Coffee Roasters espresso bar and small bites to pair with your wine or coffee. Stop by the Bailarin Cellars tasting room on Mondays and Tuesdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., or Sundays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Julietta Winery | Clarksburg
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Behold — another wonderful winery in Clarksburg. Nestled in a peaceful setting away from it all, Julietta Winery is an exceptional place to sip on wine and enjoy breathtaking sunsets with family and friends. You will often find owners Craig and Julie Russell on the other side of the bar, telling a story or two about the delicious wines they serve.
The Julietta Winery tasting room is open Fridays through Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. A tasting includes a flight of five wines for $10, and the tasting fee is waived with the purchase of a bottle.
Still searching for nearby wineries?
The Old Sugar Mill in Clarksburg is an excellent one-stop-shop for all your wine tasting and event needs. This premier destination just down the road from Sacramento hosts 14 unique wineries offering varietals from all over Northern California. Originally built in 1934 as an operating beet sugar refinery, the Old Sugar Mill offers a rustic family-friendly atmosphere to provide the perfect place to enjoy a variety of world-class wines. In addition to creating an unsurpassed event setting with the different qualities of each building and landscape contributing to the venues natural picturesque style that will bring your event vision to life!
Category Davis, Elk Grove, Neighborhood Guides, Sacramento
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