Rebranded, updated Viansa: Still great views, great tastes

Viansa Sonoma has newly built

Visitors to Viansa Sonoma can book wine tastings and birdwatching in these open-sided perches overlooking the wetlands. (Images courtesy of viansa.com)

VIANSA Winery in Sonoma, renamed Viansa Sonoma, is enjoying a rebirth since its sale to Vintage Wine Estates in 2013. The winery founded by Sam and Vicki Sebastiani in 1989, which has changed hands several times, is located on a summit and commands some of the best views in Northern California wine country. It is one of the first wineries visitors find as they travel up from San Francisco — only a 35-minute drive from the Golden Gate Bridge. Today it boasts a total regrooming of the grounds, a new winemaking facility, updated tasting room, a new Wine Education Center and the planting of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in front of the tasting room. The winery is retreating from its once-Italian accent to the varietals that grow best in Sonoma County. Also new are wooden perches that overlook the nearby wetlands for birdwatching and wine tastings.Viansa

Viansa Signature Series Cabernet Franc Sonoma Valley 2012, $65: While this wine was produced before the new owner put its stamp on the property, it speaks to the quality that has been a hallmark here. This beauty showcases the style, elegance and subtle power of Cabernet Franc made as a single varietal. It’s an essence of dark berries, ripe plum, savory bell pepper, cedar and spice. Flavors unfold like pages in a book: plum, blackberry, pomegranate, dark licorice, vanilla and tobacco — all infused with cedar and smoke off the barrels.

You can reach Sandra Silfven at ssilfven@hotmail.com.