Winery with runway in CA?

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    I have been searching around but cant seem ti find anything. Does anyone know of a winery in California with a runway? Id like to fly in, stay the weekend, and fly home.
     
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    I have used Santa Inez (IZA). Uber around town, some places will pick you up at the airport too. Paso Robles is pretty easy to get around. Then there are the Napa\Sonoma\Petaluma airports which are easy to access wineries and hotels.
     
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    Lodi 1O3 and Livermore LVK are surrounded by wineries. Paso Robles is more upmarket.
     
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    I spotted this runway at a winery east of Healdsburg on Sunday, but can't find any info on it. https://goo.gl/maps/qCQ8ekYXySoUCtCM6

    Healdsburg Airport is also surrounded by wineries.
     
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    IZA would be a good pick, but Lodi? With all the pattern and radio nazis I think many here would stroke out if they tried to wrangle that pattern lol
     
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    Three cheers for IZA. It's not exactly on a winery, but they're a stone's throw.

    Call ahead for a crew or rental car.
     
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    That strip is private and very short.

    Healdsburg is surrounded by wineries and town with hotels is Uber/Lyft close. Santa Rosa has better services for rental cars, etc.
     
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    That link takes me to a tree

    But there is a riverbed that might work if you are qualified and equipped, that and the CA overlords are ok with it and the bums don’t get to your plane.
     
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    Paso Robles is perhaps my favorite wine region in the US. Nice airport as well. You're not going to be "on site" with the wineries, but it's a short hop to over 40 great wineries. Spent 11 days there for an Navion convention and wine tastings a few years back. Also got a nice tour of Javier Arango's collection (may he rest in peace).
     
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    What about Temecula as opposed to the Central Coast? Anything down that way?
     
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    Temecula has French Valley Airport (F70), and terrible wine.
     
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    Temecula is a...vibrant community.

    Central coast is still CA, but at least it’s beautiful and has much more good stuff to see to offset the bad stuff.
     
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    There are numerous wine tasting tours available in Temecula. Some folks must like the wine as the wineries are all expanding into destination resorts. Not a wine drinker myself.
     
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    "vibrant community" is about the nicest thing I've heard about that place.

    Used to live near there. Glad to not.
     
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    Santa Ynez (IZA) is a great little airport in a nice part of the state. Also, there is a hotel/casino just a half mile from the airport. There are also free shuttles into various areas from the casino or Uber to the wineries. My wife and I fly up there so she can do some tasting or pick up shipments.
     
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    Reminds me of all the hipsters with the cochella fest shirts on, I’d love to see them hang out in cochella outside of the fenced off music fest with security lol

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    Healdsburg. I flew in there with my wife a few months ago. There is literally a path from the middle of the airfield to the adjacent winery/vineyard. The airport prefers you go out to the street and walk, since they get gawkers stumbling over after polishing a bottle or two, and just lurch onto the runway since there is no fence. Problem with that is, it’s a country road without sidewalks, but not a big deal.

    https://www.mazzocco.com/

    If you google map it you will see the runway right next to it. Also, the Dry Creek area down the hill on Dry Creek Road, naturally, is FANTASTIC. Just gorgeous in late fall, and great wines. Quivera is a favorite of ours, and they have a creek on the property with an active steelhead run and you may spot on or two along the path. You can fly in, airbnb somewhere and enjoy. There is a little FBO there so you may be able to arrange a rental, but I’m sure Uber/Lyft is active there. We live in the Bay Area so we just flew in and out in an hour after watching my wife enjoy the libations.

    Warning: that area is literally on fire right now, so you may want to wait a couple weeks to verify if they are still operating. If they are, please go. They encourage people to come after fires, since most people assume the area is leveled and don’t go. IF you pull of ForeFlight now you will see the massive TFR directly north of HES.

    Another one is Sonoma Valley 0Q3 at the beginning of wine country. Cline Vinyards is close to there, about a 5 min walk down the road, again, no sidewalks.
     
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    Oh I just remembered San Luis Obispo(SBP)has a winery that overlooks the approach end to the runway. It’s probably half mile walk from the airport but it was great. You can stay in town and hit the local wineries there. They are fiercely proud of their wine country and SLO is a cute little college town.
     
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    SMX - Santa Maria is also a good destination.
    You can taxi and park in front of Radisson Hotel on the airport. Then take the Santa Maria Wine Trolley to the near by wineries.
    The wine trolley ticket is $10 per person. You can get on and off at each stop and it's good for 1 day. Although it said $18 at the door but it was $10 when I purchase it from the hotel concierge counter.
    The season has ended this year (May to Oct). And for some reason the wine trolley did not depict the Radisson stop on this year's map ( I visited twice last year). I think you can give Radisson a call before you go. Most likely the trolley will stop at the Radisson as it's one of the largest hotels at SMX.

    Here is the link to the SMX Wine Trolley.
    https://santamariavalley.com/wine-country/winetrolley/

    BTW, I also flew to the following airports for wine. All were good experience.
    . HES Healdsburg (walking day trips)
    . 0Q3 Sonoma Valley (taxi/Uber day trips)
    . STS Santa Rosa (AirBnB multiple days trips, Sonoma Wine Road - Barrel Tasting)
    . APC Napa (rental car/Uber, multiple day trips, stay at downtown Napa hotels)
    . LVK Livermore (friend's car, day trips, stay at Fremont)
    . IZA Santa Ynez (AirBnB, and Solvent City wine tasting rooms)
    Note: In the (...) was what I did in my trip or trips. There may be more transportation and lodge options that what I described.

    The next wine destination I like to go is MMES Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico. I heard all the good thing about the wine country called Guadalupe Valley next to Ensenada. My friend just visited there last weekends in his PA-46.
     
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    Valle de Guadalupe has an excellent wine/food scene. I’ve been there several times. Now that basicmed will be soon accepted in Mexico , I’m psyched I can fly to Ensenada instead of driving. The region has a different vibe from most of the California wineries.

    As far as wineries here in California, fingers crossed this weekends fires don’t take out more than they already have. Healdsburg is currently evacuated. I believe Santa Rosa is partially evacuated.
     
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    I'm assuming that staying near Palo Alto Airport fit your plans for some reason, since it's not particularly close to Healdsburg.
     
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    Temecula area is also gaining popularity. French Valley (F70) is supposed to be a good wine and fly location.
     
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    I meant that was a day trip when I visited a friend who lived in Palos Alto one weekend. We did a day trip to Healdsburg. Therefore, I have no information about the near by lodge at Healdsburg. Sorry for the confusions.