Scribe Winery might just be the most Instagrammed winery in Sonoma--and for a good reason. The aesthetic is a perfect mix of California cool and vintage. The $60/person tasting comes with a seasonal multi-course lunch of locally or on-site grown produce and ethically-raised meat. The views are stunning. Even the bathroom is the perfect chippy shade of Millennial Pink.
Nestled into the picturesque hills of Sonoma County, Scribe Winery combines a love for Sonoma-centric wines and California eclectic style. The property was one of the first in Sonoma and produced wine pre-Prohibition.
For a tasting, you’ll need a reservation, which you’ll have to call to make. Upon arrival, we were greeted with a refreshing chilled glass of rose and escorted to our table. The tasting includes a light California cuisine lunch which was outstanding and fresh. The chardonnay we tasted was bright and refreshingly un-oaky. The main course was chicken salad, which was plenty for two light eaters, but would have left my boyfriend hungry. We left with two bottles, and I seriously considered joining the wine club. (The whole must be present for delivery thing gave me pause since I'm not home during the day and don't really want to cart wine up the hill from my office.) Managed by fourth-generation farmers, brothers Andrew and Adam Mariani focus on creating a harmonious relationship between the vineyard and the surrounding ecosystem. The wine reflects the distinct terroir of their site-specific vintages and aims to capture a sense of time and place.
Scribe is known for their Sylvaners (a varietal planted by the original German owners in the 1850s and re-introduced to the property in 2008), Rieslings and skin-fermented Chardonnays. They also offer Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir. With the increasing demand for rose, Scribe launched Una Lou Rose, which comes in a 375ml can, in 2017. This year, they’re offering a subscription service, so you’ll never run out. Packs of four cans ($40) ship free through October.
Wander through the 100-year-old Hacienda’s beautifully restored interiors. Cozy neutrals, cool sea tones, warm pastels and unfinished details embrace relaxation and invite you to stay awhile. The Mission Revival-style building creates an intimate, plant-filled respite from the sun, while embracing the history of the building. Events and tastings feel intimate—like family gatherings or a step back in time.
Throughout the Hacienda, cracks in the plaster are celebrated, dents in the ceilings were left as-is, and the whole place feels comfortably lived in and exudes a distinct sense of California Cool. The grounds and the Hacienda embody a rich, layered, easy-going vibe, while taking advantage of the expansive Sonoma Valley views. Towering palms line the drive, and the modern naturalist theme is continued through an expansive indoor plant collection, native and drought tolerant landscaping, and a bountiful vegetable garden.
Join the Scribe Vinticultural Society, a modern incarnation of the wine club established by the estate’s founder, for discounted bottle pricing, complimentary tastings and invites to exclusive winery events, like their regularly hosts cookbook launches.
The Hacienda, and Scribe’s 2017 harvest, were saved from the devastation wrought by last fall’s wine country fires. While the fires were the most devastating in California history, Sonoma County is rebuilding. Visiting the region is the best way to support local businesses and families recovering from the fires.
Free of the crowds, tour buses and mall-like atmosphere that seems to dominate wine country, Scribe Winery my perfect tasting experience. The staff was friendly and knowledgeable, yet managed to blend into the background. I can't wait to go back.
Scribe offers tastings by reservation only.