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 www.prwinery.com.