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yesilovewine
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posted 07-09-2011 10:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Hello and welcome to the message board!
I am not a camper, but I think that the Russian River area will have the most potential for you. Look closely at the Guerneville area as that is the location of many resorts that have campgrounds. I don't have my regional map at hand, but I feel fairly certain that there would be a few wineries within reasonable biking distance from there. The regional website for that area is www.russianrivertravel.com and it is very comprehensive so you should be able to find good contact information there.
Geyserville may also have something for you. Its location at the north end of the county would put you near a number of wineries.
I know that some of the wineries have on-site lodging facilities, but I haven't heard of any that allowed camping...it seems like the liability with that would be prohibitive; but I do have some ideas of places that MAY consider the idea:In Sonoma Valley: you could try Kaz ( because he is considered somewhat unconventional and is reported to be a really nice guy), Little Vineyard ( they are minute but might have a spot near the tasting room that would work...they also have a 1-bedroom studio that they rent), Cline- because they have other on-site lodging and a large property and maybe Kunde as they also have the ranch property where they may consider your proposition.
In Russian River:ask at Harvest Moon- they are nice folks and may have space behind the tasting room, and Hook and Ladder- the way they are set up they May help you out.
In Alexander Valley you might try DeLoach or Fieldstone, or maybe Soda Rock.
Again, these are all wild guesses based solely on what I've seen at the facility ( or In Kaz' case a guess based on his reputation for being a little eccentric).
Some other resources that may be helpful are the bike touring companies- they know the best biking routes for wine tasting and thus may have suggestions, the state or county recreation websites..(www.sonomacounty.com is the one I know for the county) and the last idea I have is to look at www.101thingstodo.com for Sonoma as they have a whole section on outdoor recreation and it includes camping.
I hope this will be somewhat helpful in getting you started. For more insight, trip advisor has a special road trip forum which might be helpful to you and I have seen commentary there about RV travel.
Regarding wineries to visit, given your interests I think that the Alexander Valley wineries may suit you best- that is where most of the Cabs and Merlots from Sonoma come from.
As far as the picnics- well in Sonoma county most of the wineries have some sort of picnic facility as its a very popular pastime in CA wine country. Finding somewhere to do that is not at all difficult; the places that have facilities are usually marked on the regional winery lists ( www.wineroad.com, www.bestinsonoma.com, www.russianrivertravel.com, www.alexandervalleyvintners.com)
and again, any of the bike touring companies can help you with ideas for that.

[This message has been edited by yesilovewine (edited 07-09-2011).]

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unseulsoleil
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posted 07-09-2011 10:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for unseulsoleil   Click Here to Email unseulsoleil     Edit/Delete Message
My husband and I are going to stop in California`s wine country for 2 or 3 days during our west coast trip next year. We have a little pop-up trailor and since our budget is limited (5 month trip), we plan to camp all the time. Our plan is to camp somewhere in Sonoma or Napa or Russian river and bike around to nearby wineries for a tour and maybe 2 or 3 tastings. I have started looking on the net and I cannot seem to find camping anywhere near the wineries (near enough to bike to, that is). Since our camper is very small and completely autonomous (solar panel, no water or electricity needed) we just need a little space. Do you know if some of the wineries would allow camping on their grounds? We would welcome suggestions for places to camp in the area,along with a few suggestions of wineries to visit.

Just ot give you an idea, we are not wine experts and do not know California wines at all, (but are eager to try We are more familiar with European wines and really like reds (Bordeaux, Bourgogne, Chianti and Valpoliccella), meaning we would probably be interested in Cabernet , Merlot and Pinot wineries, although of course we are not against tasting a bit of Chardonnay or Zinfandel along the way.

Since we will be biking, it would probably be more fun to visit smaller, less commercial wineries (where maybe, they would let us bring a picnic lunch, to be enjoyed in a nice setting?)

I`ll start looking at the wineries internet sites, but there are so many! I think it will be easier to find the camping site first and to look for the wineries after.

Thank you all
Merci

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