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Famous Wineries

Wine enthusiasts already know about Sonoma's famed wineries and 17 distinct wine-growing areas encompassed within 405,000 hectares. Vintners produce a stunning array of wines. Many visitors are pleasantly surprised to find that wine tasting in Sonoma is a casual, friendly affair, often with the winemaker pouring for visitors. Sonoma County produces some of the world’s best wines. Top wines include pinot noir, chardonnay, zinfandel, cabernet sauvignon and sauvignon blanc.

 

Eat Fresh

Whether grown locally on family farms or harvested fresh from the sea, Sonoma's eateries embrace an eat-fresh philosophy that offers visitors a true taste of wine country. Venture out to discover a food lover's paradise: More than 500 restaurants ranging from Michelin- and Zagat-rated to casual wine country cuisine use freshly harvested, locally grown produce. Don’t forget the farmers' markets; there is one open every day during season in Sonoma.

 

Beer and Cider

Discover Sonoma’s other famous beverages: beer, cider and spirits. Sonoma now has more than 40 operating breweries, cider houses and distilleries. Ciders make use of local apples, historically one of the crops that first made Sonoma famous. Craft distillers roll out vodka, gin and whiskeys and offer tastings. In fact, some of the top beers in the USA are brewed in Sonoma County. Maps are available that show the locations of tasting rooms.

 

Explore Nature

Sonoma County is one of California’s most diverse natural destinations. More than 50 regional and state parks beckon travelers to hike through redwood forests, paddle along the coast, cycle scenic roads and discover California history. Perhaps you will simply just sit down and enjoy the sounds of nature.

 

Enjoy the Arts

With 120-plus performing arts companies, more than 30 performing arts venues, 80 museums and galleries, and more than 27,000 artists of every discipline, there’s plenty of arts and culture to explore.

Catch a live performance at a local pub or one of the area’s top venues, including: the world-renowned concert hall at Green Music Center on the Sonoma State University campus; headliners’ favorite North Bay venue, Wells Fargo Center for the Arts; and the Transcendence Theatre Company’s award-winning Broadway Under the Stars at Jack London State Park.

 

Only in Sonoma 

The Charles M. Schulz Museum celebrates all things Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang. Visit to learn more about the amazing artist and storyteller. A new "Peanuts" movie premiered in 2015.

Safari West is an African-style adventure in the heart of wine country. Explore the Sonoma Serengeti alongside romping herds of exotic wildlife or relax in a luxury safari tent under the gaze of a graceful giraffe.

Fast and furious action at Sonoma Raceway’s road course includes NASCAR, IndyCar and motorcycle racing. Those wanting to experience racing on a more personal level can suit up and jump in a real race car at a driving school at the track.

 

Getting There

Sonoma County offers air service at the airport named after Peanuts cartoonist Charles M. Schulz (STS). Direct flights are offered daily to and from Los Angeles and San Diego, both in California, in addition to Portland, Oregon, and Seattle, Washington. Sonoma is less than  a two-hour drive from the San Francisco, Oakland and Sacramento international airports.

 


Advisory

Our thoughts are with all those affected by the fires in Sonoma, Napa, Lake and Mendocino Counties. Several fires are currently burning in Sonoma County, in both urban and rural areas. The fires are mainly in eastern Sonoma County – parts of Sonoma Valley and Santa Rosa. The fires and fire damage isn’t spread throughout the entire county. The County of Sonoma has been updating a map of the fires; find out the latest at http://www.sonomacounty.com/fire

We encourage visitors to confirm their reservations directly with their providers and go to the above link for updates.

Fun Fact

Six percent of all the wine produced in California comes from Sonoma County.
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Six percent of all the wine produced in California comes from Sonoma County.

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