Lavender and Linden — Visit to Matanzas Winery

This morning we visited Matanzas Creek Winery in Bennett Valley, Sonoma County. They grow a large field of lavender that is fun to see just before the harvest when the bloom is at its peak (it is good to call ahead to time your visit). They also have gardens around their site with numerous special plants, including a water feature with water lilies. I even saw some linden trees in bloom and was excited to sniff fresh linden blossoms for the first time. The linden had the honeyed facet I’d expected, but was not cloying. Yummy.  

There was a nice 2009 article in the New York Times about the lavender fields at Matanzas, including a gorgeous photo and ideas for a few other places to visit in Sonoma. They also give suggestions for restaurants and places to stay. 

I have mostly grown the Provence and Grosso varieties, but there are many lavender varieties to choose from.  I often used lavender absolute in perfume rather than lavender essential oil because it smells less medicinal and has better lasting power (the absolutes I’ve used are from Bulgaria and France though, not from Sonoma).

Thought I’d share some lavender pictures from our Matanzas visit. Happy 4rth!

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12 Comments

  1. Gorgeous pictures, Laurie! Lavender is one of my favorite scents. Hmm… an SSS lavender scent would be wonderful! 😉

    And a drop of lavender e.o. on the temples is a surefire headache cure!

    1. I’m lucky not to get headaches but I bet lavender would help relax if you did have one. I do have lavender lotion that’s scented mostly w/ lavender absolute (you need to really like lavender to like the lotion because it’s basically a lavender solo with just a smidge of amber and violet). I love lavender too. 🙂

      1. Laurie- is it a lotion you make yourself or do you buy it? I am in the market for a goo one and was wondering what the name of it was??

  2. Great pictures, thank you for sharing.
    I have to go there next year to see and smell those linden trees. I didn’t know you could find them around here. Thank you, Laurie!

    1. They had a number of unusual plants there — they hired a special garden designer who obviously put a lot of care into choosing interesting plantings.

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