Wine Tasting Experiences
Forest bathing in the most hidden and majestic vineyards in Sonoma County not only provides an opportunity to slow down and reduce stress, but it also is an extraordinary way to connect to the terroir of this world-famous wine region through a full-sensory experience.
Intentions for combining the practice of
forest bathing with wine tasting
Wine is a gift
from the Earth
Wine is a portal to the soul of the land, evoking all of our senses. For millennia, wine has been used for religious ceremonies and for celebrating life. It has been commemorated as a symbol of fertility, immortality, and divinity.
Sonoma County is my home. I spent my childhood running around the massive redwoods and rolling hills, breathing in the salty, coastal fog. My roots to the wine industry in this region are traced to the 1960s and 70s, before California was on the map as a serious wine region, when my Italian-American grandfather grew Cabernet Sauvignon in the Napa Valley, selling his grapes to the Mondavi brothers who lived across the street from his vineyard.
I spent my early 20s working for an environmental organization, determined to help save the planet. From this urban landscape, I worked long hours and was glued to a computer screen, trying to meet deadlines and decompressed by joining in on the happy hour culture after a long work day. And I never felt so disconnected from the Earth I was trying to help. I forgot that I was a part of an intricate web of life, able to receive healing and nourishment from the more-than-human-world outside the urban jungle. In 2009, Sonoma County called me back home and over the course of six years I remembered how to connect with the Earth. Wine taught me how to be in tune with the cycles and seasons of the land, as the growing stages of the grapes determined how we ran our business. I felt home on the land and amongst the community of people who loved and celebrated the land just as I did.
Forest bathing in a vineyard is an opportunity to create a conscious connection with wine. Wine is one of the few beverages that provides you with an opportunity to actually smell and taste the land it was grown on. Not only that, it can change dramatically from year to year, depending on the weather. Wine is like a time capsule; almost a magical opportunity to be able to visit a specific time and place that can never be fully replicated again. Visitors from around the globe come to Sonoma County specifically to experience wine country. By forest bathing and then tasting the wine from that vineyard, participants have the opportunity to experience this world-famous wine region in a completely unique way, through a full sensory, mindfulness-based experience that also reduces stress and facilitates being fully in the present moment.
Beyond the compelling health benefits of spending time in nature, forest bathing in a vineyard is fun! My favorite part of working in the wine industry as a tasting room manager and hospitality director was meeting and connecting with people from all around the world and sharing my home with them. I love Sonoma County and being able to share the beauty and magic of this land is a huge gift for me.
Forest Bathing Wine Tasting Experiences
Forest Bathing in the Vineyard with Red Car Wine
Available Every Friday | 11 AM - 2:30 PM
Zephyr Farms Vineyard | Sebastopol, CA
Jenny Harrow-Keeler, Certified Nature Therapy Guide and Sonoma County wine professional, will guide guests in a meditative practice, opening up senses to the forest and vineyard that surrounds them. From there, we will meander up a small hilltop and taste single-vineyard Pinot Noir and Chardonnay– the wine grown on that very vineyard.
With a winemaking philosophy that emphasizes sustainability, minimalist intervention and biodiversity – Red Car welcomes their guests to this rare wine country experience, one that truly epitomizes our viticulture practices.
Spaces limited! Reserve your spot here.