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Paradise Ridge Winery Is Picnic Perfect

If Santa Rosa sits smack dab in the heart of Sonoma Wine Country, then Paradise Ridge Winery is in the left atrium.

It’s right here in our backyard, and it is breathtaking. The winery and vineyards are situated up along the ridgeline (hence the name) at the eastern edge of the Russian River Valley. Of the 156 acres that comprise the estate, only 15 have been planted to vines, making the property a picnicker’s dream. With rolling hills and ancient California oaks teeming with wildlife, it’s easy to forget you’re a stone’s throw from downtown Santa Rosa.
040-small1Visitors taking the short drive up to Paradise Ridge will wind through the eclectic sculptures of Marijke’s Grove, featuring “an annually changing exhibit where art, ideas, and nature converge”. The tasting room features sweeping views of the valley and stellar wines from talented winemaker Dan Barwick.
During regular business hours (11am to 5pm daily) you can taste through wines ranging from aromatic whites, to elegant Russian River Valley Pinot Noirs, to bold Cabernets, and take guided or self-guided tours of the grounds.
Beginning May 13th, and running thru October 28th, the winery will feature “Wines and Sunsets” every Wednesday evening. It’s become a huge draw for locals in recent years due to the great live music and great wine and food paired with a perfect sunset. These Wednesday night gatherings run from 5:30pm to sunset and buying the $8 ticket in advance is recommended.
Visit Paradise Ridge Winery online at


Michael moved to the area back in 2000 and, like many local residents, caught the incurable wine bug. His adoration for Sonoma County is as deeply rooted as its vineyards. So much, in fact, he rarely ventures outside its borders and refers to Santa Rosa as "The City." When he isn't chasing his two boys he's showcasing his talents as part of the winemaking team at the iconic Ridge Vineyards in Healdsburg.

'Paradise Ridge Winery Is Picnic Perfect' have 5 comments

  1. May 20, 2015 @ 12:14 am Lindsay

    Do you have pictures of the Rose Parade and the people who got their pictures taken in your booth? I hope you post some, I would like to see them.


    • May 20, 2015 @ 9:25 am City of Santa Rosa

      Hi Lindsay, we’re working on them and will get them up pretty soon. Sorry for the delay. Did you have your photo taken in the Welcome Wagon photo booth?


  2. May 21, 2015 @ 1:47 pm Patti

    Can you provide any information on picnics at Paradise Ridge? Cost? Tables/benches/chairs available? Can people bring their own picnic supplies and non-alcoholic beverages ? BTW, I love the email newsletter from the city!


    • June 3, 2015 @ 6:03 pm City of Santa Rosa

      Hi Patti, We’re glad you enjoyed our email newsletter! It would probably be best to get the information directly from Paradise Ridge. Their contact information is 528-9463. Thanks for visiting the site.


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    […] love heading up to Paradise Ridge Winery. They have an epic view and a cool sculpture garden to walk through. Some are interactive, some […]


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