A Farmstay Vineyard and Winery Estate

One could visit ZO Wines in the Dry Creek Valley area of Sonoma County just to taste their acclaimed wines – the 2019 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition awarded their 2017 Carignane Best of Class and awarded Gold Medals to their 2017 Zinfandel and 2017 Chardonnay; and the 2018 Sonoma Harvest Fair Competition awarded their 2017 Chardonnay Best of Class – but don’t stop there as this winery has even more to boast about.

The name ZO comes from owner, grower and winemaker David Eckert’s experience living in Japan. “ZO” in Japanese means “elephant” and David and his wife Sachiko have an affinity for elephants and their giant and gentle nature.

ZO Wines is a family run boutique Farmstay winery, and is “focused on four key pillars: stay, taste, learn and explore.” Eckert invites you to visit so that you can “take advantage of one or more of these experiences.”

When a guest makes a Farmstay appointment, the stay includes a complimentary “Farmstay wine sensory and tasting experience.” Guests test their senses in an aromatic sensory workshop that includes sampling ZO small lot and handcrafted wines.

You may choose to picnic during your tasting to linger over the wines, or stay over- night at one or more of their many guest rooms in the century old craftsman winery estate.

The winery and The Farmstay Inn are surrounded by vineyards near Lake Sonoma in Sonoma County. Guests can soak up more of the winery experience as they enjoy the vineyard landscape, sweeping views and dining in exceptional local restaurants. Bring your friends, families (children are welcome) or just take a couple’s retreat at ZO Wines. The winery offers bicycles for rent, personalized tours and transportation – all in an effort to make your stay relaxing and carefree.

ZO Wines Family

The wines, available for purchase at the winery, are also available for shipping to members of the Farmstay club – at greater member discounts, that also apply to everything they offer – including over- night accommodations. Their ownership of an estate vineyard, farm to glass focus and limited wine production allows ZO to focus completely on producing only the very best wine.

Want more? Eckert’s team invests in both the local community and the world. The winery donates one percent of their time to assist local community charities and another one percent of their net sales is awarded to global elephant preservation.

With a 5.0 rating on Yelp, Google, Trip Advisor and Facebook, and several nods from the prestigious and respected San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition what’s not to like?


3232 Dry Creek Road Healdsburg, CA




Article By: Eve Bushman