Kunde Family Winery
The second we walked up to Kunde, we knew it was going to be an extraordinary experience. Warm faces were everywhere and the atmosphere was calm, beautiful and welcoming. We were greeted by Julie who swore we had met before – I felt the same and although we realized we truly had never met, that sentiment made complete sense because it’s just one of those places where you instantly feel at home. This is likely due to the fact that, although it is grand, Kunde is still family-run. In fact, it is the largest family-run winery in California.
We arrived around 10:30am and were instantly able to walk up with our party of four and start tasting. As we stayed, it did get busier so I would recommend reaching out about a reservation if you’re looking to go midday. Kimberly guided us through our tasting while other pourers would pop by for some conversation, reinforcing this warm feeling I felt upon arrival to this beautiful space.
Our tasting consisted of six delicious wines for only a $15 tasting fee (how) and on top of that, we got to try an amazing Chardonnay. Each wine surpassed the last for me but my favorites were the Red Dirt Cuvee & the Sauvignon Blanc, which was surprising as I’m not normally one to be drawn towards Sauvignon Blanc. This one lacked the strong apple notes I normally tend to veer away from. The Meritage we tried last was paired with a sea salt dark chocolate and I just about died. It was heaven.
Overall, the wines were delicious, the employees sweet and the space just stunning. I could have stayed there all day but we had a reservation to make it to. I look forward to returning for their mountaintop winery experience at 1,400 feet complete with caves, a deck where you’re able to enjoy copious amounts of wine and on a clear day, views of the Bay!
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