MacRostie Winery & Vineyards
First impressions are truly everything! MacRostie Winery has this down, welcoming you before you’ve even entered the Winery with a glass of their delicious Sonoma Coast Chardonnay.
About Macrostie Winery & Vineyards
MacRostie is located in Healdsburg, California. It’s approximately 70 miles or one hour and forty minutes from San Francisco and is great for a day trip or an overnight stay. If you’re wondering where to eat in Healdsburg, check out my Best Healdsburg Restaurants guide here.
Why you must visit MacRostie Winery
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 Franciscans 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!
About Steve MacRostie
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. Most California winemakers were fixated on Bordeaux varieties and the Napa Valley. But, Steve and a handful of other pioneers took a different path. They embraced the fog-shrouded vineyards of Sonoma County and their untapped potential. In turn, they produce some of the finest Chardonnays and Pinot Noir in the world.
In 1987, Steve established MacRostie Winery. To make his earliest wines, he reached out to growers he knew and respected—leaders of Sonoma County winegrowing, like the Sangiacomo family. MacRostie’s wines were 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 wineries and it’s the little things that really differentiate them and are memorable to the guest. For me, the little things like welcoming you the moment you exit your car are huge “small touches”. Also, being recognized by name by servers who hosted you as well as the founder Steve (who spends most Saturdays with guests at the Winery) is not found 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, MacRostie Wines are my dream Wines. Between their delicious Coastal Chardonnay options to their Sonoma Sangiacomo & Dutton Ranch varietals, I was truly in heaven. On top of having amazing Chardonnays, their Pinot Noirs are also wonderful. They are on the heavier, more fruit-forward side, which I enjoy a lot better than the lighter, watered-down taste of other Pinot Noirs. On top of the delicious wine, it’s accessibly priced from $25 – $46. These prices blew me away; I enjoyed similar wines from another Sonoma Winery (which also sources from similar growers) whose prices were near $50 – $75.
Our corner table overlooking the Vineyards and Napa Valley. This is definitely my favorite spot to sit at MacRostie!
When to Visit
Open daily from 11 am – 5 pm and 10 am – 5 pm Friday through Sunday. Tastings range from $25 – $35 per person (complimentary for Wine Club Members). Although, they encourage appointments. Email MacRostie firstname.lastname@example.org to make an appointment.
The Elevated Tasting
If you 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 11 am $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. Plus, you have 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