Expect a friendly, unintimidating welcome at this scenic winery, run by five generations of the Kundes since 1904. One of the largest grape suppliers in the area, the Kunde family (pronounced Kun-dee) has devoted 700 acres of its 2,000-acre ranch to growing ultrapremium-quality grapes. This abundance allows them to make nothing but estate wines. (Wines made from grapes grown on the property, as opposed to also using grapes purchased from other growers.)
The giant tasting room and gift shop, located in a 17,000-square-foot winemaking facility, offers samples of six estate releases for $10 and reserve tastings for $20; bottle prices range from $15 for a Magnolia Lane sauvignon blanc to $35 for a Drummond Vineyards cabernet sauvignon; most labels are priced in the high teens. The tour of the property's extensive wine caves includes a history of the winery. Private tours are available by appointment, but most folks are happy to just stop by to sip and sun at one of the many patio tables around a man-made pond. Animal lovers will appreciate Kunde's preservation efforts: The property has a duck estuary with more than 50 species (which can be seen by appointment only).