Sebastiani Vineyards & Winery

Sebastiani Vineyards & Winery

389 Fourth St. E.
Sonoma, California 95476
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Local Phone: (707) 933-3200
E-mail: [email protected]

Sebastiani, founded in 1904, was the only winery in Sonoma County to continue operations through Prohibition, making sacramental and "medicinal" wines. It was run by family members for several generations but is now corporately owned.

Please check winery website for days and hours of operation.

Dog Access:

  • Dogs allowed in picnic area or patio

Layla at the Annex Wine Bar, Sonoma. Photo Credit: Linda Peters
Layla at the Annex Wine Bar, Sonoma. Photo Credit: Linda Peters
Sonoma County is one of California’s largest and most diverse regions—and one that can seem very close or very far away, depending on your time, destination and inclinations. For a day trip or quick weekend escape from Sacramento or San Francisco, the town of Sonoma charms with its historic square (no dogs on the grass, please), intriguing shops, dog-friendly sidewalk cafes and close-in opportunities for wine tasting. more »
Dog enjoying Sonoma County
Photo credit: Linda Rose
If you and your fur buddy have only a day or two to spend in large and diverse Sonoma County, it’s wise to pick a region (such as the Alexander, Dry Creek or Russian River valleys) and stick to it. But you won’t have to spend all your time driving country roads. Sonoma’s urban areas also offer ample opportunities to taste, often within walking distance of restaurants and shopping.

In Santa Rosa, for example, Vintners Square is a fast-expanding “urban wine village” with three tasting rooms, a craft brewery, shops, restaurants and lots of dog-friendly patios. At nearby Cornerstone Sonoma, site of Sunset magazine’s new demonstration gardens and outdoor test kitchen, you can wine-taste at two venues between exploring a variety of home-and-garden shops. more »
Dog in vineyard
Photo Credit: Jon Clegg (CC)
Why take your dog on a wine-tasting excursion? Dogs like a change of scenery as much as their people do, and they’re welcome at almost every facility in winery-rich Sonoma County.

Three major north-county appellations are represented by Wine Road, an association of wineries and lodgings in the Alexander, Dry Creek and Russian River valleys. Fido’s tail will be wagging no matter which one you choose to nip into on your next wine-tasting weekend. more »
Stylin Dog in Downtown Sonoma
Stylin Dog in Downtown Sonoma
Sonoma State Historic Park, which are clustered along Spain Street on the north side of the plaza. You and Spot are free to walk the square’s perimeter, so long as you stay off the grass and away from the historic buildings.   more »
dogs on winery floor
Pups at Lambert Bridge
So many wineries are dog-friendly these days that it’s rare to visit one without spotting a least a couple of canines wagging their tails while their happy owners swirl and sip. Sprawling Sonoma County offers many ways  and places for the two of you to enjoy a wine-centric outing together, and you don’t have to go far from the historic Sonoma Plaza to get started. more »
dog wine label art contest winner at mutt lynch in healdsburgDogs have become de rigueur at California wineries, it seems, and Sonoma County’s are no exception. more »
Dog sniffing treats at Three Dog Bakery in SonomaThe town of Sonoma gets a bad rap because of “no dogs on the plaza” rule, but the restriction, which applies only to the central square and the mission and buildings associated with Sonoma State Historic Park on one side, isn’t really as bad as it seems. You and Fido are free to walk the square’s perimeter, just so you stay on the other side of the street.

The checkered sidewalk tables at the Swiss Hotel, on the plaza’s northwest corner, are a great place for the two of your to linger and watch the world go by. Casual Italian fare and pizza from a wood-burning oven are the specialties, and you’ll likely exchange pleasantries with passers-by admiring your four-legged companion. Around the corner, on First Street, the very sunny-feeling Sunflower Caffe allows dogs at its sidewalk tables and in the more private garden patio area out back.

Basque Boulangerie Cafe, also on First and facing the plaza, is a bakery/deli that feels lifted straight from the streets of Paris. Just as in the City of Light, your dog is welcome to join you at a teeny outdoor table as you sip your espresso or enjoy your pastry, soup or sandwich. 

So what does Max get out of this? A visit to Three Dog Bakery, just off the square, will enthrall you both—in fact, it’s hard to say who will enjoy it more. Three Dog’s bakery cases are filled with wholesome, oven-baked treats that look so good you’ll be tempted to taste them, too. In back is the “Bulk N Bite Buffet,” where your pooch can sniff out his favorites and you can fill a bag to take home. 
Photo courtesy Three Dog Bakery

Story posted 4/2/12
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