Armida Winery has one of my favorite Sonoma views. It’s set on a hillside off Westside Road just south of Healdsburg. Their view is across the vineyards of the Dry Creek Valley, past “J” and Rodney Strong Vineyards to Chalk Hill, Fountaingrove, and in the far distance, Mt. St Helena. It’s gorgeous and the perfect spot to relax, open a bottle of their wine and enjoy a picnic.
Their tasting room is in a geodesic dome building and it’s set up the way most tasting rooms were in the past with a tasting bar to pony up to. For those who don’t always want a full blown “experience” when tasting, Armida is great. I’ve heard though there are plans in the works to remodel the tasting room so that great tasting bar may be history soon.
They source grapes from a number of vineyards throughout the area as well as producing wine from their estate grapes. Armida’s vineyard designated Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Zinfandel are produced from two of our favorite vineyards – Gaps Crown and Maple.
Probably best known on the national market is there “to die for wine” Zinfandel called PoiZin. For us, their Gap’s Crown Vineyard Chardonnay and their Maple Vineyards Zinfandel are ones we enjoy most.
If you plan to visit, absolutely take some additional time to picnic and play a game on their bocce court.
Thanks Armida for always being a terrific winery to visit!