ZO Wines offers a Splash of Redwood and Relaxation
At ZO Wines, a family-owned, Farmstay winery, the tasting event is more than sipping on delicious estate varietals under the California sun. It’s an experience that encompasses the view of Dry Creek Valley, the fresh scent of Sonoma County, the warm touch of redwood, and selected aromas for sensory tastings that pair with their delicious vintages. ZO Wines has a unique goal: they believe the process of sipping wine is as important as tasting it. The relationship is symbiotic. Their unique tasting model sets them apart from other wineries in the Sonoma and Napa regions of California.
In addition to crafting wines, most of which are estate grown, and highlighting the importance of the full tasting experience, ZO Wines is also a Farmstay. There are multiple rooms guests can rent for a night or an entire weekend. Each room has a cozy and welcoming feel, all of which contribute to their mission of tying together a lovely experience with delicious wines.
The natural and warm aesthetics of the property pair nicely with the varietals at ZO Wines. The main house at the winery was originally built in 1906, just after the historic San Francisco earthquake, about 60 miles south of the property. Nearly a century later, when ZO Wines took over the property, the team remodeled the home, carefully selecting exterior paint and a style that related to its initial appearance. Tyler, the Hospitality Manager and his team went “through archives at the Healdsburg Museum & Historical Society to find the original color and style of the house.” They identify the remodel approach as important because “it keeps a historic element of the winery and Farmstay.”
While the color and style was kept consistent at the main house, the ZO Wines team decided to add a touch of newness to the home as well. Attached to the house is a redwood pergola and deck overlooking the vineyards, garden, and hillside. Redwood was chosen because of its warm, vibrant tones and natural appearance, which add to the comfortable feel of the property and fits the style of the century old home. Redwood expands on the coziness of the winery and creates a space for guests to sit and relax while enjoying the view and the delicious flavors in their glasses. It is a space meant for creating new and special memories.
The newest addition to ZO Wines is a Japanese inspired redwood pagoda located near the main house and completed in spring 2019. It includes a seating area for guests to sip wine and remain cool; redwood is naturally cool to the touch, even on the hottest summer day. Tyler explained that the reason they added new structures “isn’t necessarily to expand, but more to enhance the experience for each individual guest who visits.” ZO Wines desires that all their visitors enjoy their stay, whether it’s just an afternoon visit or a weekend get-away.
The choice of adding a redwood oasis as the primary outdoor gathering spot on the property made sense for another important reason as well. As a certified sustainable winery, ZO Wines takes seriously its commitment to making good wine that is also good for the environment and the local community. Key areas addressed in sustainable winery practices include energy efficiency, waste management, and conservation of wildlife habitat to name a few. Modern redwood forestry practices mirror many of these same sustainability concerns. Every year more redwood trees are planted than harvested and strict guidelines are in place to ensure the protection of flora and fauna. Redwood is also a renewable resource, unlike decking products manufactured from plastics and other non-renewables.
Whether it’s a vacation or a stay-cation, sipping at ZO Wines is all about appreciating delicious varietals and creating special memories under the redwood pergola while overlooking the beauty of Dry Creek Valley.