OK, so I have read tons of forums and books trying to answer what seems to be an age old question - how many wineries can you visit in a day. I have seen people saying about 3-4, or maybe 5. Here's my question - why so few? Is the reason so few is recommended because more would simply be too much wine to drink? Or is it because time constraints make it impossible? Our main goal in our unfortunately short time in Sonoma is to get a great spectrum of wineries, see beautiful grounds, and drink a decent amount of good wine.
It seems like you would only want to spend an average of 45 minutes to an hour (plus or minus) at most places, and maybe take a one hour tour. And that the wine tasting hours are 10-5 (and sometimes even 6). That's 7-8 hours. Why not do 6 or 7? For example, this itinerary:
Ledson at opening, 10 AM.
Chateau St Jean
Bring picnic lunch to Benziger, take tour
That should get us to about 1:30, I would estimate? Then:
Now it's about 3, so you move along to:
Cline (open til 6)
That's 7. If it's way too much, or we just find ourselves enamored at an early one, we drop Imagery or Mayo (or just start at Chateau St Jean and drop Ledson, since we want some smaller wineries along with the touristy ones). Either way, that's a solid 6.
But I realize how strongly 3-5 is recommended, so I guess somewhere my logic is broken?
It's not like we need to drink at every place - some maybe just see the grounds, others utilize the spit buckets...
As always, appreciate the help!