Since moving to Northern California, I have definitely taken advantage of my proximity to wine country. I have had the privilege of visiting some incredible wineries during the past 3 years, but I am excited to share the ultimate destination you must visit if you are ever in the region – the Robert Young Estate.
The story of Sonoma County’s breathtaking Robert Young Estate can be traced all the way back to 1858. The Young family settled and farmed the Alexander Valley ranch during the Gold Rush. However, it was not until 1963 that Robert Young began his journey as a vineyard pioneer.
Today, it is evident that the Young’s are committed to keeping this beautiful, Geyersville property in the family. During my visit, I had the privilege of meeting two Young’s, Rachel (generation 6) and Robbie (generation 5), that both work at the Estate.
During our visit, we were given a full tour of the grounds and shown the newly built Scion House that gives a panoramic view of Alexander Valley. Visitors can taste the estate wines while enjoying views of the vineyards from the terrace. We began our tasting at the Scion House and were treated to the most exceptional wines. As a Chardonnay lover, I was in absolute heaven. Robert Young developed the famous Clone 17 Chardonnay grape in the 80’s and the family today reserves the best blocks of the vineyards to create small lot full-bodied chardonnay wines.
The highlight of my visit, however, was our picnic in the MIDDLE of the vineyard. They took us out on one of their tractors to a beautiful oak tree for a catered lunch and tasting (pics above and below), and it was one of the most magical experiences I have ever had in my life! I am already excited to go back again.
**Be sure to say Authentically Allyson sent you when you plan a visit to Robert Young Estate for a special surprise during your visit.