August 30, 2005
Open 10am to 6pm
Built in 1876, Beringer is as beautiful as Domaine Chandon. The whole grounds seem to transport one in another country in a different century. The driveway is bordered by lush greens on one side and a grand old state manor-like house as picturesque as one can ever imagine. If it wasn’t for its well-maintained state, manicured lawn, and the fact that it sits in such beautiful surroundings, the house could nearly transport you back in time with its gable, turret, and Beringer family emblem proclaiming old and rich in the same breath.
And just like in the olden times, one formally enters Beringer via a big stone structure complete with archways, only to find oneself into an inner courtyard with curving steps leading up to what looks like a small fortress with a small difference: café-like umbrellas beckon one to hurry up those steps and see more beauty from that vantage point.
And you won’t be disappointed, as the beauty of the grounds simply just goes on.
For souvenirs, we visited two gift shops within the grounds. Aside from wines, (sorry, can’t say anything about them since we don’t drink) and usual souvenirs like shirts, key chains, postcards, etc., there are other cool stuff to take back home. I particularly loved their bath items.
Tip: Allot a minimum of 3 hours for your visit. Of course, earlier than late afternoon is best.
From journal First Time in San Francisco?