Published on November 21, 2014
Tuesday,November4,2014 12:30pm-1:30pmMeetFrankRivaatTheFairmontSonomaMIssionInnlobbyforpropertytour. 1:45pm – 2:15pmTourBenzigerWinery Breathtaking beauty and a dynamic personality are a rare combination. Set just above the wine country v ill a g e of Glen El l en, Benziger Family Winery exhibits both at its stunning Sonoma Mountain estate. Geographically unique, the ranch sits in its own valley, 800 feet above sea level; provides ideal conditions for wine grapes. In 2001, the Benzigers became one of only a handful of vineyards in North America to be certified biodynamic. The family is directly involved in every aspect of the winemaking process; they believe that “without passion, there is no wine— only grape juice. 2:30pmKundeVineyardstotourproperty One of the jewels of Sonoma Valley is the Kunde Family Estate . It is situated amidst the 1,850-acre Kunde ranch (700 of which are planted to twenty varietals of premium wine grapes) that has been family-owned and - operated for more than a century. The family grew grapes for years before building they opened the doors to this state-of- the-art winery. It is situated amidst a Chardonnay vineyard and accented by a sparkling pool and dramatic fountains. You’ll tour their extensive caves, enjoy barrel samplings of their aging wines and then taste the award-winning latest releases.