Attractions in Sonoma County

By far, the main attraction in Sonoma County is its wineries. With more than 200 of them spread across the county's 200,000 acres, Sonoma wineries provide days of wine-tasting and touring experiences for visitors to this region of Northern California.Sonoma graphic Grapes thrive in the climate of Sonoma County, which is largely influenced by maritime variations. The cool days and nights of Sonoma, winegrowers will tell you, are perfect for wine-producing.

Varietals of Sonoma County

Many different varietals grow in Sonoma County. You'll find chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, pinot blanc, pinot gris, cabernet sauvignon, merlot, pinot noir, syrah, zinfandel, cabernet franc, sangiovese, and petite sirah.

There are many ways to explore Sonoma wineries including guided tours led by experienced guides who can educate you not only in the particulars of wine tasting but also about appellations, the varietals grown in the area, and why the geography of Sonoma County is perfect for vineyards. Visitors can arrange a private Sonoma wine tour or schedule a trip with a group. Travel in style in a limousine, tour by mini-coach, or even choose a Hummer as your mode of tour transportation.

Specific wine loops or trails have been designed to help tourists get the most from their hours spent on Sonoma wine tasting. These trails include stops at a variety of Sonoma vineyards - big and small - usually arranged geographically. For example, the Sonoma County Highway 12 Trail takes visitors to about a dozen Sonoma Valley wineries. The Carneros Wine Tour is known for its wineries that produce Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and sparkling wines. Others take you through the Russian River Valley, Dry Creek, Alexander Valley, and other well-known wine regions throughout Sonoma.

Festivals and Faires

Sonoma wineries play a large part in many annual events that take place throughout the county. These wine-related festivals combine the fine vintages of Sonoma County with great music, art, and - of course - food. Some are sponsored by particular wineries while others include participation by many area vintners.

Such special events include the Grape to Glass Weekend in Santa Rosa; the Valley of the Moon Vintage Festival and Winegrowers Crab and Fennel Fest in Sonoma; the Seafood Art and Wine Festival in Bodega Bay; Russian River Food and Winefest in Guerneville; Russian River Wine Road Barrel in Cloverdale; and the Architectural Tour and Tasting in beautiful Sea Ranch.

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Beer vs. Wine?

If you prefer brews to burgundies, you'll want to take some time out of your busy wine-tasting and recreational schedule to tour a few Sonoma breweries. While these are certainly not as plentiful as wineries, if you're a beer aficionado, you'll no doubt seek out one that offers tours to visitors like you. Find out how beer is made, learn about the natural products that go into the making of beer, and find out how it gets from brewery to consumer. Best of all, you'll be treated to a taste at the end of the tour. There are several micro-breweries in Sonoma County as well.

Sonoma County: Wine, Farms & Agriculture
Sonoma County includes a wide range of landscapes: from oak tree-studded hills to flooded plains, from redwood tree groves to windswept, rocky beaches. The essence of Sonoma County Agriculture and Farming can be discovered in these locations, farming techniques with their own particular sense of terroir: tastes and textures distinct to their soil, climate, and micro-climates. read more
Regions of Sonoma
Northern SonomaRussian River ValleyCentral SonomaSonoma CoastSonoma Valley Cities Of Sonoma read more
Sonoma Communities
Sonoma communities vary from big cities to small towns, but regardless of size, all are friendly and close-knit, making them ideal places to raise a family, retire, or just visit for a while. Sonoma townspeople come together for a variety of reasons - from holiday events like Fourth of July celebrations to county-wide festivals that celebrate Sonoma - such as the magnificent wine, organic produce, and excellent seafood you'll find there. read more
Wine Nation
The Pacific shoreline, redwood forests, valleys, and mountains produce a series of terroirs and microclimates that make Sonoma County among the most varied and special winegrowing areas worldwide. Sonoma County consists of 18 unique American Viticultural Locations (AVAs), or appellations, consisting of Sonoma Valley, Russian River Valley, Dry Creek Valley, and Sonoma Coast. read more

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