If Napa Valley is the glamorous Grand Dame of California Wine Country, then Sonoma Valley is her more relaxed and active younger sibling. World-class wine is still the main draw, and what many don’t know is that Sonoma County is the birthplace of modern California winemaking. Sonoma County is twice the size of Napa Valley, and while wildly popular, many Sonoma Valley tasting rooms are often less crowded than their counterparts in Napa Valley. And the pace is often less hurried in Sonoma, inviting you to truly savor not only the wine, but the architecture, gardens, mountain vistas, ancient oak trees and more. With its varied terrain, soils and climate, Sonoma offers a diverse range of varietals, from the cool-weather varietals such as Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, to heat-loving varietals such as Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon. Activities and experiences are equally varied, from cycling to hiking, beachcombing to farm-to-table dining, to poolside relaxation at celebrated accommodations. We can help make your Sonoma Valley vacation everything you want it to be.
WHAT WE REVEAL
While most travelers visit Sonoma Valley to taste the outstanding quality of Sonoma’s wines, there are many wonderful experiences to be had in the Valley. And we relish the opportunity to share the famed, as well as unexpected sides of Sonoma with our guests during their Sonoma Valley vacation.
The best way to experience Sonoma is to match its relaxed pace, taking your time to admire the landscape, to picnic, to visit the roadside farm stand, and to hike, bike or horseback ride along its many trails. We’ll set aside plenty of time for you to tour and taste the bounty of the Valley’s fertile soil – we have enjoyed discovering our favorite wineries and look forward to sharing them with you. Sonoma has established a reputation for other adult beverages as well, and we can help you explore its award-winning craft breweries and local distilleries. To explore the region’s storied past, why not try a guided hike from famed author Jack London’s ranch up to the top of Sonoma Mountain, or a visit to the Mission San Francisco Solano, the most Northern of California’s historic missions? Or for a change of pace, you can shop, dine and explore the historic sites of charming Sonoma Plaza. And when it’s time to dine, Sonoma shines, with delectable farm-to-table artisan cuisine.
No matter the length of your Sonoma Valley vacation, before long we know you’ll love California Wine Country as much as we do!
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