What is the best time of year to visit Healdsburg?
The ‘best’ time to visit is usually a personal preference. Our most popular time of year to visit is June through October, and especially during the grape harvest in September/October.
What is the weather like in the Healdsburg area?
Healdsburg sits in the middle of 3 valleys. Each valley's weather varies slightly, creating the perfect temperatures and settings for different varietals. Temperatures can drop just below freezing during the rainy winter months; in the summertime, coastal fog and breezes bring cool evenings even after very warm days. In other parts of the area the numbers can vary: in Guerneville, for example, breezes off the Pacific Ocean keep temperatures as much as 10 to 15 degrees cooler than in Healdsburg.
Below are the high and low temperatures and rainfall for the city of Healdsburg in 2009.
- January – High 73.9 °F, Low 27.0 °F, Rainfall 0.58”
- February – High 74.2 °F, Low 29.3 °F, Rainfall 11.17”
- March – High 84.5 °F, Low 28.4°F, Rainfall 3.75”
- April – High 98.5 °F, Low 31.8 °F, Rainfall 0.61”
- May – High 100.2 °F, Low 40.6 °F, Rainfall 1.77”
- June – High 104.6 °F, Low 49.2 °F, Rainfall 0.00”
- July – High 104.6 °F, Low 42.6°F, Rainfall 0.00”
- August – High 106.0 °F, Low 44.5 °F, Rainfall 0.00”
- September – High 105.4 °F, Low 44.5 °F, Rainfall 0.16”
- October – High 87.2 °F, Low 37.6 °F, Rainfall 3.69”
- November – High 84.7 °F, Low 30.3 °F, Rainfall 0.91”
- December – High 68.8 °F, Low 19.2 °F, Rainfall 3.05”
Are there any restaurants at wineries?
Wineries in the Healdsburg area typically do not have restaurants on site. There are a number of wineries that have pre-made picnic and/or deli items available. Many wineries are happy to have visitors use their picnic facilities.
How late are wineries open for tasting?
Wineries and tasting rooms are generally open between 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM and close between 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM. Many wineries stop pouring wine one half hour before the tasting room closes.
Are Wineries open on holidays?
It depends on the winery or tasting room, but most wineries are open year round with the exception of major holidays such as Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, New Years Day, and Easter Sunday. Wineries may have limited hours the day before a major holiday or on nationally recognized holidays such as Independence Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, etc. Some may also have shorter hours in the winter season.
What are the nearest Airports? Drive time is approximate.
- Sonoma County Airport (STS) - 10 mi - 15 mins
- San Francisco International (SFO) - 83 mi - 1 hour 45 mins
- Oakland International (OAK) - 83 mi - 1 hour 30 mins
- Sacramento International (SMF) - 123 mi - 2 hours 15 mins
Are there any lodging properties that don’t require a two-night minimum?
Most properties require a two-night minimum on weekends and during our busy season (April – October). Properties may require a 3-night minimum stay on holiday weekends.
When is the grape harvest?
The grape harvest generally begins in August with the light-skinned grapes such as Chardonnay and ends in late September or October with the dark-skinned grapes such as Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. Harvest is dependant on summer weather patterns and the sugar content (called a Brix count) of the grapes themselves.
What is ‘Crush’?
Crush is the term used to describe the process of wine grapes being crushed to release their juice. The term is also used to describe the harvest season.
Distances to other destinations - (drive time is approximate)
- Geyserville - 8 mi – 10 mins
- Cloverdale - 18 mi – 20 mins
- Guerneville - 18 mi – 30 mins
- Napa - 49.2 mi – 1 hour 10 mins
- San Francisco - 70 mi – 1 hour 30 mins
- Oakland - 73 mi – 1 hour 30 mins
- Sacramento - 120 mi – 2 hour 15 mins
- Eureka - 203 mi – 3 hours 45 mins
- South Lake Tahoe - 211 mi – 4 hours 30 mins
- Yosemite National Park - 250 mi – 5 hours 30 mins
- Los Angeles - 442 mi – 7 hours 30 mins
- Las Vegas, NV - 624 mi – 10 hours 30 mins