First impressions are truly everything! MacRostie has this down, welcoming you before you’ve even entered the Winery with a glass of their delicious Sonoma Coast Chardonnay.
Where is MacRostie Winery & Vineyards: MacRostie is located in Healdsburg, California. It’s approximately 70 miles or one hour and forty minutes from San Francisco.
Why must you visit: For starters it’s a gorgeous brand new Winery with spectacular views, fabulous amenities and amazing wines. They also have a beyond dedicated team. This is evident from the moment you arrive and you are greeted with a glass of wine and throughout your visit. The team is lead by Hospitality & Events Manager, Lisamarie Kennedy as well as Don Davis (who many San Franciscan’s know from his former days in the city running Bin 38). I have visited many Wineries and have to say the consistent genuine authenticity of Lisamarie, Russell, Steve, Don and their team is truly like no other….
The spectacular views from the Estate Terrace
Who is the Winemaker: MacRostie is guided by Sonoma County visionary and winery founder Steve MacRostie and talented winemaker Heidi Bridenhagen.
Me and Steve MacRostie. He visits the Estate every Saturday to meet guests so we had a chance to chat and hang out a bit. Such a nice friendly guy!
What is MacRostie Winery’s history: Though founded in 1987, the seeds for MacRostie Winery and Vineyards go back to 1974—to the early days of Sonoma County winemaking—when Steve began his career at Hacienda Winery. At a time when most California winemakers were fixated on Bordeaux varieties and Napa Valley, Steve and a handful of other pioneers took a different path, embracing the fog-shrouded vineyards of Sonoma County and their untapped potential for producing some of the finest Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in the world.
When was MacRostie founded: In 1987, Steve established MacRostie. To make his earliest wines, he reached out to growers he knew and respected—leaders of Sonoma County wine growing, like the Sangiacomo family. MacRostie’s wines were soon widely hailed for their unique balance of cool-climate structure and vibrant fruit. In 1992, years before the modern Pinot Noir boom, MacRostie added Pinot Noir to its portfolio, and quickly developed a devoted following for the pure and elegant style of these wines.
When did the Winery and Vineyards open: In 2015, MacRostie unveiled its new state-of-the-art Pinot-focused winery and MacRostie Estate House on Westside Road in the Russian River Valley, which is also the home to Thale’s Vineyard, named after Steve’s wife.
What differentiates MacRostie from other Wineries: The experience. The team. The Wine. The setting. To me these are the four most important elements that keep me wanting to return again and again. I have been to many many wineries and I’m always surprised that so many wineries talk about the guest’s experience but truly they don’t understand it’s the little things that really differentiate them and are memorable to the guest. For me, the little things such as welcoming you the moment you exit your car and head into the Winery is a huge “small touch”. Also, being recognized by name by servers who have hosted you as well as the founder Steve (who spends most Saturday’s with guests at the Winery) are not small touches you find at most wineries.
How is the Wine: The Wine is obviously great, or I would not be sharing it with you. As a Chardonnay lover, sorry for those of you who have read me write that a lot, MacRostie Wines are my dream Wines. Between their delicious Coastal Chardonnay options to their Sonoma Sangiacomo & Dutton Ranch varietals, I am truly in heaven. On top of having amazing Chardonnays, their Pinot Noirs are also wonderful. They are on the heavier, more fruit forward side (also my preference). vs a lighter, watered down taste you sometimes find with Pinot Noirs. However, don’t take my word for it, visit and see for yourself. On top of the wine being delicious, it’s accessibly priced from $25 – $46. These prices blew me away as I have enjoyed similar wines from another Sonoma Winery (which also sources from similar growers) and their prices are $50 – $75.
Our corner table overlooking the Vineyards and Napa Valley. This is definately my favorite spot to sit at MacRostie!
Visit: Open daily from 11am – 5pm and 10am – 5pm Friday through Sunday. Tastings range from $25 – $35 per person (complimentary for Wine Club Members) and appointments are encouraged. Email MacRostie firstname.lastname@example.org to make an appointment.
The Elevated Tasting: For those of you who may want to experience the delicious wine paired with food this is the tasting for you. You’ll enjoy an intimate seated tasting of the most sought-after single vineyards wines complemented by delicious locally sourced gourmet food bites, while your private wine ambassador will entertain you with interesting behind-the-scenes details about the vineyards and winemaking. Offered Saturday & Sunday at 11am, $55 per person.
The amazing cheese, crackers and nuts Russell whipped up for my visit. Although the Winery doesn’t offer meals, I would say this counts as a pretty delicious snack!
Cheers to fabulous MacRostie Winery & Vineyards. You truly are a class act with amazing wines that I love, a fabulous team, and a gorgeous Wine Tasting Estate to experience it all at. See you guys very soon!
DISCLOSURE: Emily, The JetSetting Fashionista and guest enjoyed a complimentary tasting during this visit. However, Emily was not paid to write this post and only writes posts or features about destinations that she personally enjoys and proudly endorses and wants to share with her readers. All opinions expressed are her own.
* Select photos courtesy of Kathryn MacDonald Photography