Winery Walks: Chateau St. Jean

For short flat walks, wineries can provide beautiful gardens, vistas and charming if sometime kitschy architecture for your viewing pleasure.

With over 300 wineries in Sonoma County, we won’t cover all of them – but we will display some of our favorite gardens. Some are walks on their own and some are near places we like to walk.

Winery Gardens Chateau St Jean

In the Sonoma Valley is Chateau St. Jean nestled at the foot of the Mayacamas Mountains. A large lawn and picnic area stretches out to the vineyards. More active winery visitors and tasters can play bocce.

Courtyard Chateau St. Jean

Courtyards hold charming eating areas. Formal hedged gardens and lush shaded sitting spots between the buildings beckon to sit and relax.

Winery GardensChateau St Jean

In one courtyard, sit by a fountain or study a labeled sampler vineyard to tell the look of a Chardonnay vine from a Merlot vine. To visit the winery’s website, click Chateau St. Jean.

Winery Gardens Chateau St Jean Fountain

If strolling around the courtyards is not enough, please try Jack London State Historical Park in nearby Glen Ellen or Sugarloaf Ridge State Park practically next door to the winery in Kenwood.

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