If you’re visiting Anderson Valley and want something to do besides, just wine taste, I suggest seeing Penny Royal Farms. And yes, they do have their own wines (who doesn’t in this incredible wine making region), plus incredible cheeses, their own farm and an amazing menu of yummy eats to enjoy. Penny Royal Farms has quickly established itself as an adored fixture in Boonville. What’s not to love…. an amazing small family owned business, incredible cheese, wines, goats and sheep, plus an on site Chef and of course the goat whisperer (my nickname for the husbandry role of the person managing the goat farm) who raises and manages all aspects of the animals at this farm.
Penny Royal Farm
Pennyroyal Farm is located in Boonville, California, in beautiful Anderson Valley. See some of my other Top 10 Favorite Destinations in Anderson Valley here. The estate vineyard includes 23 acres on the Boonville bench, planted in Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc. Pennyroyal Farm is committed to producing handcrafted wine and farmstead cheese, with cheeses produced exclusively from the milk of goats and sheep that are raised on the family farm. The pampered, beloved animals munch on wild grasses and pennyroyal mint that blanket the property. The milk is transformed into fresh and aged cheeses just steps from the animal pastures.
Views of the tasting room as you approach
The outside of the beautiful tasting room, and cheese making facility.
Beginning my farm tour seeing the first stop where the goats are milked. They walk up the little ramp (shown above) to then stand and get milked. They apparently love this as while they’re milking they get to enjoy a favorite treat of corn barley molasses mix.
Penny Royal Farms is open 10 am to 5 pm daily and they also offer fun and informative tours daily at 10am and 2pm with advance reservations. The tour is of the creamery, milking parlor, and the solar-powered barn to meet the animals, and to learn the methods behind the handcrafted wines and cheeses. The experience is concluded with a cheese tasting for everyone, juice for kids and wine for those 21 and up. Call (707) 895-2410 or (800)956-8909 to reserve your spot. Adults $20; children 5 and up $10.
Hello from the PennyRoyal goats. During the tour you get to get this close to these guys who are all very friendly AND super photogenic!!
Check out the birds perched on the goats back looking out of the barn. Talk about happy animals, this is priceless.
During my visit a few litters had just been born (within the past few nights) so I got to see a lot of baby goats and baby lambs. They were the cutest. This was better than a zoo as they looked happy, well fed and just inches away from me and my camera!
This guy was so chill he even let some of us on the tour pet him (not me I was a bit shy) but he was adorable.
A preview of some of the delicious eats available in the tasting room. This delicious french bread with goat cheese was divine. Seriously, this spot is the best. Amazing food, wine, people, goats and lambs.
A special thanks to Sara & Star the Penny Royal Farm Owners who hosted me on this amazing Penny Royal Farm Tour. What a treat getting to be so close to the beautiful animals making this farm so amazing.
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