Update March 12th 2012 – Asti Winery is now closed to the public.
Cellar No. 8 at Asti Winery produces wines sourced from North Coast, Sonoma County and Dry Creek Valley grapes. The brand, owned by Australian beverage company Foster’s, is named after a cellar at the historic Asti Winery in Northern Sonoma. Cellar No. 8 makes its wines at the Asti Winery and now has a tasting room there too. Long time winemaker Paul Rydquist is at the helm.
The Asti Winery grounds are simply beautiful, serene and relaxing. A large grassy picnic area accented by large trees, vineyards and mountains makes for a peaceful afternoon. From the picnic area, you look out onto the vineyards and right smack dab in the the middle of the vineyard are 2 train cars! See the pictures above. This is the icing on the cake and makes Cellar No. 8 at Asti Winery a must see spot to visit.
Cellar No. 8 at Asti Winery tasting room is easy to get to. Just get off at the Asti exit on 101 and you will bump right into it. It’s a beautiful scenic 25 minute drive from Santa Rosa.
Notables:Cellar No. 8 at Asti Winery was originally known as the Italian Swiss Colony, founded in 1881. Italian – Swiss immigrants established an agricultural colony, choice wines were produced from old world vines and brought wide acclaim in 1905 when 10 gold medals were awarded to wines produced at the Italian Swiss Colony.
Italian Swiss Colony is California Registered Landmark in 1957
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