Outdoorsy and Sunshine Sanitized

Captivating.  A gorgeous, vast expanse of rolling hills covered in grapevines make up a patchwork of diverse terroir as far as the eye  can  see. Just imagine soaring overhead like one of the red-tailed hawks that are so prevalent on the property. From atop the 800-foot high ridge at Notre Vue Estate, it’s not difficult to appreciate this landscape with a bird’s eye view,  the best in all of Sonoma County.

This incredible setting encompasses 350 acres of dedicated open space classified as “Forever Wild,” a nature preserve created  and protected in perpetuity under  an agreement with the Sonoma County Land Trust. Notre Vue Estate creates a harmony that supports not only the Certified Sustainable Estate vineyards but also the abundant wildlife, natural flora and fauna.

Hence, the  inspiration  for  a  name  and  a tagline that says it all—Notre Vue Estate Winery & Vineyards: “Our view, our life, our wine.”



At the end  of  a  country  lane,  visitors  come upon the 710-acre estate spanning two world-class Sonoma growing regions, Chalk Hill and Russian River. The first is known for its ashy  volcanic  soils,  excel-  lent drainage and sunny exposures that are so  perfect  for  Bordeaux  varieties,  such  as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. The Russian River appellation,  with its confluence of well-drained soils at an ancient riverbed, plus maritime influences that provide cooling fog and warm summer afternoons, is ideal for producing Burgundian varietals of elegance  and distinction such as Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.



When it’s  time  to  come  out  again  for  a wine tasting experience, there’s no better place to be. Under a tent on a big sun-drenched deck sited up on a hill with a stunning view across the Russian River Valley or at one of the lakeside pavilions are perfect places to taste outstanding wines in Sonoma’s fresh outdoors and brilliant sunshine.

“People call us a ‘hidden gem,’ we’re not a winery you just stumble across,” said David McCluskey, digital marketing specialist. “We’re open, airy and lightly traveled.” The first-time visitor may be surprised to know that this laid-back corner of  Sonoma  wine  country  hosts  a robust calendar of programming and small-scale events throughout the year. Off-the-beaten track at the northern tip of Windsor, Notre Vue Estate is noted for its outstanding outdoor events.

How about wine tasting and flower arranging? Brushing up on sushi making skills? Or a one-hour hike—start with a glass of sparkling and finish with a deli- cious brunch—to catch late morning rays? Learn more about wine making principles and farming practices on a two-hour vineyard walking  tour.  Strike a pose, take a hike, enjoy a sip during  a morning of wellness and kids’ activities at Yoga or Hike & Wine series with Parkpoint Health. And there’s more… Cheese Pairing Class, Summer Sunday, Casino  Night,  Movie  Night,  Picnic & Farmers Market, Sommled Wine Education, and a Harvest Winemakers Dinner.

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11010 Estate Lane // Windsor, CA 95492 707-433-4050 




Article By: Laurie Jo Miller Farr