September 23, 2019 | Erin Edwards
At our family-owned winery, Bella Vineyards + Wine Caves, you're not just a customer, you're a guest in our home. Whether you are joining us for an hour or an all-day adventure, here's how to experience the perfect day in Dry Creek wine country with Bella.
Picnic Your Heart Out
Before you make your way to visit us, we recommend picking up a picnic. The deli at Big John's Market has one of the best selections of grab-and-go sandwiches and picnic supplies. You can also head over to the iconic Oakville Grocery on the picturesque Downtown Healdsburg Square for an artisan selection of sandwiches, salads, and California fare. Dry Creek General Store is also just along the way — but take a tip from the locals and get there early because it gets busy!
The first thing you'll see when you arrive at the property is our sprawling from lawn. You'll be welcomed by a range of guests (and some friendly pups on leashes) sipping and swirling, hoola-hooping or throwing a game of Corn Hole across the yard. It's not an accident that it feels like you're walking into our backyard.
Bring Your Dancing Shoes
The weekends are for living it up and every good story comes with background music. Every weekend from 11-4 you can enjoy live acoustic music from local bands at the winery. There's never a cover charge, but always a good time. Sit under the shade with a glass of our award-winning wines grown from century old vines. Grab a growler of ice cold Ru's Farm rosé to go with your picnic on the lawn and you'll never want to leave.
If you can break away from the action outside, we invite you to grab your glass and head into the caves for a tasting at the bar. Here our hospitality team will introduce you to our hand-crafted, small-lot wines. A bar tasting offers 6 world-class wines for only $25/person.
Explore Dry Creek Like a Winegrower
You've experienced the finished product in the bottle. But are you feeling the need to get down in the dirt with us? There's a tour just for that. Jump aboard our vintage Pinzgauer or Land Rover Defender and let's go romping through the vines. There's something extra special about seeing the wine from vine to bottle and The Ultimate Tour will take you through our estate vineyards to the top of our Lily Hill property for an unforgettable experience. Advance reservations are required for this, but if you can find the planner within, we know we'll make it worth it.
Welcome to the Family
You've had a full day! If you're feeling like you never want to go home (we don't blame you) the good news is, you can take us with you! Our wine club members receive special access to limited release wines, event invites to members-only experiences and (bonus!) the tasting fees are waived when you Join the Club.
We can't wait to welcome you back again (and again) for the perfect day at Bella Winery. We hope you bring a bit of Bella home with you to experience with your closest friends and family —hopefully with some good tunes in the background and a game of Corn Hole in the sun, for good measure.