In the aftermath of the October wildfires that devastated Northern California communities, generous vintners in Sonoma, Napa and Mendocino counties are stepping up to help those affected by the blazes. Here are just a few of the many wineries donating proceeds from their tasting room fees and wine sales to fire relief efforts. What better way to kick off the holiday season than winery-hopping for a great cause?


Benovia Winery

Make an appointment to visit the Russian River Valley winery before the end of the year and Benovia will waive tasting fees and contribute $50 per reservation to fire relief efforts. As a bonus, you'll get to spend the afternoon sipping delicious Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Zinfandel from some of Sonoma County's most intriguing regions.

Lambert Bridge

Through the end of 2017, this Dry Creek Valley producer is donating 100 percent of tasting fees to help fire victims. Explore beautifully balanced Bordeaux varietals and elegant Zinfandel wines in the redwood tasting room, settle down for a picnic in the gorgeous gardens, or reserve an intimate Chef's Table tasting.

Merry Edwards Winery

Pick up a few bottles of Merry Edwards' stunning Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc in November (hello, holiday dinners!) and the Russian River winery will contribute 10% of sales to the RCU Community Fund for North Bay fire relief. While you’re there, sample Pinot Noir wines with views of the vines that produced them.


Goosecross Cellars

Known for its relaxed atmosphere and friendly hospitality, Goosecross is donating all tasting fees through November to the Napa Valley Community Disaster Relief Fund. The modern Yountville tasting room offers views of the Mayacamas Mountains and an inviting deck for sipping sustainably produced Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Riesling, Zinfandel, and Petite Sirah—available only at the winery.

Grgich Hills Estate

Step up to the iconic Rutherford winery's barrel-lined tasting bar during November and 100% of your tasting fees will go to the Napa Valley Community Disaster Relief Fund. There are three different tasting options at the bar, featuring the historic producer's Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, Zinfandel, and Fume Blanc wines.

Young Inglewood Vineyards

Visit this under-the-radar gem before the end of December and the winery will donate 10 percent of all wine sales to help fire-affected families. Tour the St. Helena estate's organic vineyards and leafy gardens, then take a seat in the sunlit lounge for a tasting of Bordeaux-style wines.


Goldeneye Winery

This Anderson Valley Pinot Noir specialist is donating all November tasting fees to aid local fire victims. Sip samples of Goldeneye's sumptuous single-vineyard wines in the craftsman-style tasting salon or relax on the back patio with eye-popping views of vineyards and majestic redwoods.