A Foodie Tour of Healdsburg, CA
This Sonoma, California destination is a health-conscious wine and organic food lover’s ideal vacation spot.
Biodynamic Winery Tours
Sonoma County, of which Healdsburg is in the center, was voted by TripAdvisor as the best wine country in the world, second only to Tuscany. Arriving here you can see why. Not only is it the epicenter of California winemaking, but there are many organic and biodynamic wineries in Sonoma county and Healdsburg. Too many to mention in one article. Here’s my personal favorite (of the ones I’ve seen). Read on to enjoy this tour with me!
I arrived at Quivira via a Wine Country Bikes organic vineyard bicycle tour. They do private or group rides, and they’re a 100% must-do when in the area. They can do specialized tours — I recommend their tour of only organic and biodynamic wineries, hosted by a very knowledgeable organic farmer (and excellent cyclist), Taylor Lapman. Not only will you get a lot of exercise (don’t worry – the bikes have a ton of gears to keep it as easy or hard as you’d like), but you’ll get a totally different perspective of the area via bicycle rather than via car. That, and the picnic-table lunch they set up for us was to-die-for. Seriously.
I challenged them to come up with a vegan meal for us, and what I got was maybe the best sandwich I’ve ever had, and pastries that were so yummy that I actually stuffed more in my bike and took them home as a snack for later. The lunch came from Oakville Grocery, which is yet another hippie-chic shop in Healdsburg that would be a good place to pick up snacks for your road trip, picnic or before your flight home.
If you’re not familiar with biodynamic winemaking, it’s the most intensive, sustainable and responsible method of farming. It requires constant attention and a perfect balance between animal, plant, soil and climate. Unlike ‘sustainable’, which is a loosely used term, organic and biodynamic wines are certified and must meet certain regulations. The result is a healthier, better tasting wine — and a vineyard that will remain fruitful for centuries to come. Personally, I only drink organic and, preferably, biodynamic wines. Quivira’s selection was very impressive. I ordered several bottles and had them shipped back to NYC. They were that good.
Quivira is a leader in biodynamic farming.
Quivira restored the creek that runs through not only their own property, but a lot of Sonoma, in an effort to help endangered Steelhead and Coho fish. Not only did they turn their property and the creek into an official wildlife safe harbor, but they convinced other landowners to switch to sustainable farming practices.
Up next: farm-to-table at its best…