Go Wine Tasting in the Bay Area – Six Urban Wineries


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Ever want to go wine tasting, but the idea of driving all the way up to wine country put the squash on your desire? Perhaps you’re without a car, and want to enjoy the spoils of artisan wine from the comfort of your own city? You’re in luck, because there are quite a few “urban wineries” all over the Bay Area. Whether you’re in the East Bay or San Francisco, there’s a winery for you. Here’s a list of our favorites!

Campovida
95 Linden Street
Oakland, CA 94607
510-550-7273
Campovida has a new urban winery in Oakland, opened just last year. They produce several Rhone varietal wines from their organic estate vineyards in Hopland, CA. The new tasting room is located near Jack London Square, and it’s a beautiful space. If you are doing the urban winery circuit in Oakland, be sure to pay them a visit. Open Tues-Fri 4:30pm-9:30pm and Sat-Sun 12:00pm-9:30pm. $10 tasting fee for 6 wines, waived with the purchase of a bottle.

Treasure Island Wines
995 9th Street
Bldg. 201
San Francisco, CA 94130
415-394-9463
There are a few wineries on Treasure Island these days, but Treasure Island Wines is by far my favorite. It’s a co-op space used by several winemakers that all share a facility and resources. Come by this winery on a Saturday or Sunday to taste through a collection of wines produced in their facility. This is an excellent value since they will often pour through everything they have open. Open Saturdays and some Sundays from 1pm to 5pm. $5 tasting fee refunded with purchase.

Bluxome Street Winery
53 Bluxome Street
San Francisco, CA 94107
415-543-5353
Bluxome Street Winery is a lovely winery and event space located in the SoMa neighborhood of San Francisco. It’s a fairly new facility but they make some tasty wines (mostly from the Russian River Valley AVA) and are open during the week. So, if you work in SoMa and are looking for a relaxing way to spend an afternoon, this is a great place to stop by and do a quick tasting at (or enjoy a whole glass of wine). They sometimes have a food truck parked outside. Open 12pm-7pm Tuesday thru Sunday. Tasting flights are $10-$15 and full glasses are $6-$15.

Donkey & Goat
1340 5th Street
Berkeley, CA 94710
510-868-9174
Jared and Tracy Brandt are the proprietors of Donkey and Goat. Their wines are super-natural and made with Rhone varietals, Chardonnay & Pinot Noir. Donkey & Goat produces soulful and unapologetically honest wines, paving the way for many natural winemakers in California. The tasting room is located near the fancy shops at 4th Street in Berkeley and you shouldn’t miss this if you are in the area. Tasting room is open from 2pm-6pm, Friday through Sunday. Tasting fee is $10 and waived with a purchase.

Broc Cellars
1300 5th Street
Berkeley, CA 94710
510-542-9463
Chris Brockway is the mastermind behind this great project, whose winery is located just a half a block away from Donkey & Goat. Brockway produces wines with a natural slant at a reasonable price point, mostly from lesser-known varieties. Stop by Broc Cellars if you are in the area and be sure to also visit Donkey & Goat while you’re there. Open Saturday & Sunday from 1pm-5pm. $5 tasting fee waived with purchase.

Dasche Cellars
55 4th Street
Oakland, CA 94607
510-452-1800
Dasche Cellars is located right by Jack London Square and produces some really outstanding Zinfandel. I am particularly fond of their native yeast Zinfandels, which are both delicious and affordable. These wines are made in a more old-world style with older French oak barrels, low SO2 levels, and without fining or filtering. They also produce a rosé, Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon & Petite Sirah. Open Thursday thru Sunday from 12pm to 5pm in the winter, and until 6pm in the summer. Tasting fee is $10 and refunded with a purchase.