Like most of California’s wine country, Sonoma is more than a town; it’s an area that incorporates a valley full of wineries and vineyards. Located in one of California’s most famous counties, Sonoma Valley’s scenic 17 mile span offers endless discovery for new and repeat visitors.
Although Napa Valley is better known, Sonoma Valley is actually the birthplace of the California wine industry. Sonoma vineyards produce wines that dazzle discriminating palates as is proven by the multitude of awards and recognitions won by the flavorful vintages. In this place you can drive through serene vistas of rolling vineyards and lush farmlands that stretch as far as you can see. Add to the beautiful scenery small quaint towns that glow with as much character as the local wines, and, well, you get the picture.
The town of Sonoma boasts two of California’s oldest and most distinguished wineries, where tastings are available every day. Across the Valley you’ll also find a broad, patchwork swath of intimate, family-run tasting rooms—where the person behind the counter is often the winemaker. Sonoma’s splendidly preserved Plaza rests under a canopy of grand old shade trees, surrounded by historic adobes and carefully preserved buildings—including a pristine mission. It also brims with chic boutiques, charming shops and great restaurants. With more than 425 wineries, miles of rugged Pacific coastline, towering redwood forests, and its close proximity to San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, Sonoma County is a traveler’s dream vacation spot in California. Tasting rooms in the world-class Sonoma wine region range from simple and rustic — two wine barrels and a slab of redwood as an outdoor tasting bar. Attend a private barrel tasting or savor world-class cuisine. Browse stalls brimming with organic produce at local farmers markets. Discover why Sonoma was selected as the country’s first “slow” city—from its green ways of living to its charming central plaza and artisan food and wine culture
Tourists find endless ways to experience all that Sonoma has to offer. There are over 13,000 acres of state and regional parks. Occasionally visitors will come to Sonoma Valley to partake of other activities besides the various aspects of the growing and making of wine. If that be the case, it’s easy to find a diversion. Explore the 50+ nature parks that offer travelers’ miles of hiking and cycling trails through the towering redwoods or oak-studded hills. There are rivers coursing through the valley that entice visitors to kayak, canoe, or simply float along the cool waters. A zip line excursion, a ropes course, or a hot-air balloon ride can always add a dash of adventure to a vacation in the Sonoma Valley.
Sonoma Valley is an easy destination from San Francisco or Santa Rosa. Come and see us! The locals are friendly and the wine is awesome.