As luxuries go, staying overnight on the grounds of a winery or vineyard ranks up there with Abercrombie and Kent safari tents and charming inn-to-inns found along English countryside rambles. Neither of those luxuries offer the same kind of access, however, to the nectar-of-the-gods-like stuff we have around here.
The following wineries, or settings near enough, with overnight accommodations of one kind or another hit the mark on several fronts -- luxury, wine ambience and proximity to lots more where that came from.
Not a winery per se, lovely Beltane Ranch, a bed and breakfast ranch house built in 1892 near Glen Ellen, couldn't be more surrounded by vineyards if it tried. And, as if it needed the stamp of approval, the sauvignon blanc being grown at Beltane goes to Cakebread Cellars in Rutherford, thank you very much. Five large rooms (one with fireplace) with private bath make up the romantic main house, surrounded by wrap-around porches on both floors. A more private two-room cottage is also available a stone's throw away, with its own porch and garden. Full breakfasts are served in the dining room or right outside your room. Walking trails, a tennis court, produce gardens, olive orchards and hammocks await. Rates $150-$220/night. 11775 Highway 12, Glen Ellen, 996-6501, www.beltaneranch.com/accom.html.
Longtime Sonoma-based growers August and Sylvia Sebastiani built this stone, Tuscan-villa-like home in 1947. An uber-deluxe getaway, it can be rented by the night, by the week or by the month. Six bedrooms, five bathrooms, gourmet kitchen, sizable swimming pool and valley views are all part of the deal. The house is gorgeously surrounded by vineyards, tropical flowers and fruit trees only a stroll away from the Sebastiani winery and the town of Sonoma. $1,550/night during the high season, June through October. Call for address, 996-0266, www.beautiful-places.com.
Another Sebastiani family historic landmark, this one-bedroom cottage (with two queen beds) is fully furnished and three blocks from the Sonoma Plaza. A stone fireplace keeps things cozy; windows look out to the Sebastiani winery and vineyards. The equipped kitchen opens onto a sun porch. If that's not enough to stretch one's legs, a redwood deck stands prominently in the back yard, rightfully ready for a barbecue. There's also a detached garage and washer/dryer. $275/weeknight; $300/weekend night. 391 East Spain St., Sonoma, 996-6333, www.cuneocottage.com.
Newly opened in Anderson Valley is a wonderful two-bedroom, one-bath cottage with wood-burning fireplace owned and operated by FourSight Wines. Foursight's tasting room opened just this past March south of Boonville, a showcase for the small, family-run producer's pinot noir and sauvignon blanc. Co-owner Kristy Charles, who serves as executive director of the Anderson Valley Winegrowers, is the fourth generation of the Charles family to live on her family's land. Best of all, with the chance for such a bright and early start, and much of the windy roads behind you, the rest of Anderson Valley and the nearby Mendocino coast await. $175 per night weekends, $150 week days. 14475 Highway 128, Boonville, 895-2889, www.foursightwines.com.
Beautiful Landmark Vineyards in the Sonoma Valley has a guest cottage attached to its winery and a private guest house overlooking its impressive, Rhone-inspired vineyards. The one-bedroom cottage has a kitchen, sitting room, bath and laundry facilities. The house has twin beds, a sofa bed, fireplace, private patio and rose garden. An overnight stay includes a bottle of Landmark Overlook Chardonnay, tour and tasting. Rates start at $195/night. 101 Adobe Canyon Road, Kenwood, 833-0224, www.landmarkwine.com.
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