Exploring San Francisco’s wineries
California is home to some exceptional vineyards, wineries, and wine growing regions and San Francisco is eager to get in on the action! With several wonderful urban wineries right in San Francisco, it’s easy to add some wine tasting to your getaway without leaving the city.
We’ve outlined a few of our top favorite wineries in the Bay Area you should visit:
622 Treat Ave., Mission
Schedule an appointment at the winery in our Mission District neighborhood! This local winery brings together Italian traditions with California’s distinct style.
540 Barneveld Ave., Suite K, Hunters Point
Tim Telli studied winemaking from fellow San Franciscan winemakers (Andrew P. Vingiello of A.P. Vin and August West) before crafting his own wine. Betwixt makes small batches of wine and offers Grenache, chardonnay, syrah, and pinot noir.
The winery is open for tastings by appointment only. Call 415-254-2492 to schedule a tasting.
Bluxome Street Winery
53 Bluxome St., SOMA
Bluxome Street Winery takes San Francisco winemaking back to its roots in the SOMA neighborhood, where winemaking around here was born. Be sure to try the Sonoma Valley Viognier, Russian River Valley chardonnay, and Russian River Valley pinot noir.
The tasting room is open Tuesday – Sunday, unless they’re hosting a private event, from 1 – 8 p.m. Be sure to check with the winery for any closures. The winery takes reservations for Saturday and Sunday tastings where you can try their wine tasting flights, wines by the glass or bottle, and complement your tasting with the purchase of a cheese and charcuterie plate.
Another option is to visit their tasting room in Ghirardelli Square on Wednesday nights for their “Local’s Night.” From 5 – 7 p.m., feel like a local San Franciscan and enjoy pairings of their wine and locally sourced food.
326 Brannan St., SOMA
Just two blocks from AT&T Ballpark is JAX Vineyards and you have to check out their wines during their happy hour, Tuesday – Friday from 4 – 8 p.m. Sample the rosé or try something new with their red blend.
You may also book private tastings for $30 per person for five wine pours, local cheeses and artisanal snacks, and time to learn more about the winery and its production with the winemakers and owners of the vineyard.
The Winery SF
200 California Ave., Bld. 180 N. on Treasure Island
Come sample the wines created in the city by winemakers from Napa and Sonoma at The Winery SF! From chardonnay to zinfandel, this winery offers a wonderful selection of red and white wines. They also host special events throughout the year and around the holidays and have hosted grape stomping parties in the past.
You can make reservations for weekend tastings from noon to 5 p.m., and groups will be accommodated during the weekday.
485 Jefferson St., Fisherman’s Wharf neighborhood
The Winery Collective is a great stop if you want to sample a lot of great California wines without leaving San Francisco! They have more than 35 winery members and a rotating selection of wines to try – they typically have about 100 different wines available each day from their California partners. For tastings, you’ll choose from their wine flight menu and sample four or five wines.
Wine tasting start at $15 and the collective is open daily, Sunday – Thursday from 1 – 8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from noon to 9 p.m. You may make reservations online for your wine tasting.
2455 Third St.
Another interesting option for wine lovers in San Francisco is a visit to Dogpatch WineWorks. Not only can you try different wines in the tasting room but you can also try your hand at being a winemaker with their private barrel and custom label services. This program is quite hands-on but is unique to this company.
The tasting room is open on Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. and each month introduces a new wine flight to the menu. They do make appointments for private tastings and blending sessions during the week.
If you do want to get out the wine country, you might be interested in the Napa Valley Wine Train from San Francisco tour! Enjoy a scenic ride on the train, with a gourmet lunch, and stop at a Napa Valley winery or two on this half-day trip.
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