Destination: Chateau St. Jean Winery – Sonoma Valley
A perfect day in Wine Country: Stroll the formal gardens at Chateau St. Jean in Kenwood – Garden Plan designed by Olin Partnership – followed by wine tasting, and a tasty light lunch from the winery’s charcuterie.
The garden layout draws inspiration from the Chateau, a Mediterranean-style villa built in the 1920, while the landscape, with its graceful proportions and symmetry, distinctively echoes traditional gardens of Italy and southern France. Fountains, statuary, and a classic pergola draped in blooming vines enhance the setting.
Reserve Tasting …
Chateau St. Jean
Handcrafted by winemaker Margo Van Staaveren, Chateau St. Jean’s Reserve wines include brilliantly complex, award-winning reds and lively whites: To savor on their own or pair with summery meals, Chateau St Jean Fume Blanc, Lyon Vineyard,
or the buttery Chardonnay, Sonoma County: Both wines are elegant and focused.
Tasting the deeply satisfying Chateau St. Jean Reserve Merlot is truly memorable. You may well be tempted to take home a bottle. And not-to-be missed, Chateau St. Jean’s celebrated Cinq Cepages Cabernet Sauvignon presents a captivating blend, with its soupcon of Merlot, Cab Franc, Malbec, and 1 % Petite Verdot.
Italian stone pine, London plane and windmill palm trees provide order and structure in the central parterre, and adjoining garden rooms. American arborvitae hug metal arches to establish transitions between spaces. Look for decorative highlights like potted Citrus specimens, especially ‘Dwarf Satsuma Mandarin.’ The heady scent of frothy, profusely blooming ‘Iceberg’ roses will stay with you.
Many showy shrubs reach their peak bloom in summer: Hydrangea ‘Lanarth White’ and H. ‘Mariesii Variegata’ thrive in a shady haven beneath California sycamores.
Visitors can enjoy self-guided tours of the gardens during open hours