Larson Family Winery will reopen to the public beginning Thursday, Aug. 4, five months after a devastating structure fire destroyed the barn-turned-tasting room, plus decades worth of family, winery, and Sonoma Rodeo memorabilia.
Larson family and team members said they have been working to prepare the back pad to create an outdoor tasting area and curate new experiences that complement an al fresco format.
Larson will welcome guests back with new hours and days of operation. Tasting Experiences will be available Thursday through Sunday, with 90-minute visits starting at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. by reservation. All experiences will take place outdoors on the tasting pad, amid acres of estate vineyards framed by views of the Carneros appellation. Visit Larson Family Winery’s website to book a tasting or call the tasting room at 707-938-3031, ext. 20.
A nod to the land’s history as the site of the Sonoma Rodeo from 1920s through 1950s they are offering two tasting flights; “This Ain’t Our First Rodeo” ($35) which is an introduction to the variety of wines Larson has to offer, plus the “The Gold Buckle Flight” ($45) which showcases all gold-medal-winning Larson wines. Larson Wine Club members can partake in the new flights as part of their twelve complimentary tastings per year.
Experiences can be enjoyed at casual picnic tables, or guests can explore upgraded seating options such as cabanas, the vineyard view area, or Larson’s brand-new hardwood gliders. The grounds also feature a bocce court or the new pasture Cornhole offering.
Sonoma Ballooning has donated hot-air balloon certificates to be raffled off during the first weekend reopened. If you win them, you may just be lucky enough to land in Larson’s Vineyards and be greeted by the Three Cab Labs, who are often so excited to see these early morning visitors.
With the re-opening of the new tasting area and experience, comes new hospitality leadership. The Larsons are ecstatic to announce the appointment of a new tasting room manager, Hayden Puryear. Puryear, a Tennessee transplant, has worked throughout the winery in various capacities – Tasting Room Associate, Operations, Bottling and Production – and brings this array of knowledge to his new role.