Sonoma County

Beautiful and remarkably diverse, the Sonoma County line lies about 45 minutes directly north of San Francisco. This region covers 1,768 square miles and boasts a dozen specific appellations, which tells us that when it comes to terroir, Sonoma County offers plenty of variety from coastal breezes, to inland mountains, to pancake-flat valleys, to soft, rolling hills. Throughout the region, you’ll find a seemingly endless array of fabulous wines, fun things to do, and friendly people who feel very lucky to call Sonoma County home.


Featured Wineries

Anaba Wines

Scenic view, private tastings and tours by appt, educational seminars, sustainable farming practices, pet friendly, wine club discounts

B.R. Cohn Winery

For those who love excellent wines, olive oils, music, and a relaxed family vibe, B.R. Cohn Winery hits all the high notes.

Benziger Family Winery

It is a combination of appreciation for family and respect for the land that allows Benziger Family Winery to craft wines that fully express where they come from. In each sip one can taste Sonoma County.

Buena Vista Winery

The Count of Buena Vista is credited with creating California's first gravity flow winery, excavating the area's first wine caves, and introducing Redwood barrels for aging and fermentation: he imported more than 300 different varieties to California from Europe. 

Chalk Hill Estate

For more than four decades, the elegant, world-class wines of Chalk Hill have provided a benchmark for Sonoma County. 

Chateau St. Jean

With its beautiful gardens, grand lawn, and award-winning wine, Chateau St. Jean is the perfect place for a romantic picnic. 

Cline Cellars

At the gateway to Sonoma wine country in the Carneros AVA, Cline Cellars provides visitors with a warm and wonderful welcome to wine country.

Dutcher Crossing Winery

The high wheel bicycle is a fitting symbol for Dutcher Crossing Winery, not because Proprietor Debra Mathy is an avid cyclist, but because to ride it, one must possess imagination, determination, and a good deal of skill.

Ferrari-Carano Vineyards and Winery

Known for its impeccable ability to craft high quality wines year after year, Ferrari-Carano has earned its place on every wine tourist’s “must-visit” list. 

Fritz Winery

At a time when going green is a goal for many, Fritz Winery is already enjoying the fruits of its eco-conscious efforts that began more than 30 years ago.

Gary Farrell Winery

Guests enjoy nature’s sounds and sights as they sip Gary Farrell wines produced from iconic vineyards. Curated by the winery’s estate sommelier, the wine flight is presented by a personal wine ambassador for an educational, intimate, and memorable wine tasting.

Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards

Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards in Sonoma, California is renowned for the creation of exquisite estate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines as well as sparkling wines.

Gustafson Family Vineyards

Today, Gustafson Family Vineyards is home to 20 sustainably farmed vineyard acres and a winery producing 11 estate wines. 

Jacuzzi Family Vineyards/The Olive Press

Founded in honor of Valeriano Jacuzzi of pump and spa fame by grandson Fred Cline and his wife Nancy, Jacuzzi Family Vineyards stands for a passion for winemaking, invention, and a love of family.

Kendall Jackson Wine Estates & Gardens

The rejuvenated Kendall-Jackson Wine Estate & Gardens is dedicated to celebrating wine, food, and all the best things of life, with every guest who walks through the door. 

Lake Sonoma Winery

Wine enthusiasts are invited to embark on this journey at Lake Sonoma Winery’s inviting tasting room located right off the Sonoma Plaza.

Lancaster Estate Winery

 At the southern tip of Alexander Valley, near the confluence of the Knights Valley and Chalk Hill appellations, Lancaster Estate enjoys an enviable spot ideal for growing Bordeaux varieties.

Ledson Winery & Vineyards

Nestled among 20 acres of estate vineyards and inviting picnic grounds shaded by ancient oaks, stands an architectural showpiece designed and built by fifth generation visitors worldwide as “the Castle,” Ledson Winery & Vineyards has become a destination estate with plenty of options to make any wine country experience unforgettable.

Madrone Estate Winery

With a history that dates back more than 150 years, Madrone Vineyards Estate is one of Sonoma Valley’s most historic wineries.

Martin Ray Vineyards & Winery

Replanted in 2011 in the heart of the Russian River Valley, the estate vineyard grows a variety of Pinot Noir clones, most notably Clone 37, which was brought to the region by Martin Ray in the 1940s.

Moshin Vineyards

In 1989, he and his family purchased a small Pinot Noir vineyard, and this year, they observe their tasting room’s 10th anniversary and the family’s 25th anniversary of wine growing.

Papapietro Perry Winery

The name Papapietro Perry is frequently found in the most respected wine industry publications. Wine Spectator recently named it one of the top 20 Pinot Noir producers and honored it with the Critics’ Choice Award. 

Patz & Hall

Every inch of The Sonoma House at Patz & Hall is dedicated to greeting guests and making them feel like old friends as they sample the exquisite wines.

Rodney Strong Vineyards

The name Rodney Strong has become synonymous with excellence in Sonoma County.

Roth Estate Winery

Roth Estate is a family-owned winery committed to crafting exceptional quality wines grown in the best vineyards

Sebastiani Vineyards & Winery

With a history that dates back 111 years, Sebastiani Vineyards and Winery is one of the great names in American Wine.

Seghesio Family Vineyards

This year, Seghesio Family Vineyards marks its 120th anniversary. Not many Northern California wineries have roots that run this deep, but the story of the Seghesio family, their vineyards, and their wines belong to the whole of Sonoma County.

St. Francis Winery & Vineyards

At St. Francis Winery & Vineyards, wine and food blend perfectly to reflect the beauty and charm of Sonoma Valley.

Tara Bella Winery

Tara Bella Winery totals only six acres, but it produces some of the region’s finest Cabernet Sauvignons.

Trattore Farms

Just west of Healdsburg in glorious Dry Creek Valley, Trattore Farms grows wine grapes and olives in a singular destination.

Trione Vineyards & Winery

Trione’s state-of-the-art winemaking facility and tasting room was built alongside Sonoma County’s historic Old Stone Building, dating back to 1908.

Viansa Winery & Marketplace

Idyllically situated on a hilltop at the entrance to the legendary Sonoma Valley, Viansa Winery & Marketplace has become a destination for wine and food lovers from around the world. 

White Oak Vineyards and Winery

Today, White Oak has refined its selection of estate wines, designed to reflect founder Bill Myers’ original vision of great wines suited to a range of tastes—from graceful, elegant whites, to rich and complex reds. .

Notable Wineries

Amphora Winery

Long before he developed Amphora Winery, Rick began his career at at another winery when he was just 20 years old. He spent two decades working in wineries in the Napa Valley and Sonoma.

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Ancient Oak Cellars

The story of Ancient Oak Cellars is about families working together.

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Annadel Estate Winery

From the ruins of a nineteenth century winery and 20 acres of neglected vineyards and rose gardens, Annadel Estate Winery has become one of Sonoma Valley’s standout wineries, offering an utterly unique, private wine tasting experience. 

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Arbios Cellars / Praxis Cellars

Seasoned winemaker Bill Arbios had an impressive résumé before he began Arbios Cellars in 1993. He had worked with many prominent wineries but longed to express his own artistry and create something lasting for himself and his family.

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Arrowood Vineyards & Winery

Arrowood Winery sits on a hillside just outside the charming town of Glen Ellen in the rolling hills of the Sonoma Valley.

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Carol Shelton Wines

Whimsical, creative, and ever enthusiastic about her work, Carol Shelton has been lauded with countless medals and honors through the course of her 33-year career.

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Clos Du Bois

Clos du Bois has always set the standard for wines and hospitality in the Alexander Valley.

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Deerfield Ranch Winery

Dedicated to the land where its wines are grown, Deerfield Ranch Winery is committed to Biodynamic farming and is one of Sonoma County’s few certified organic wineries.

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DeLoach Vineyards

Since 1975, DeLoach Vineyards has been a pioneer in the production of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Zinfandel in the Russian River Valley.

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deLorimier Winery

Intrigued by the Alexander Valley’s mosaic of soil types and microclimates, Ken and Diane Wilson became the new owners of deLorimier Winery in 2008.

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Dry Creek Vineyard

Dedicated to producing wines that put quality over price, Dry Creek Vineyard offers a portfolio of distinguished wines. 

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Family Wineries

When vintner Barry Collier opened the doors of the first Family Wineries facility in the spring of 2005, he launched an innovative way to introduce wine tourers to not one, but, several previously undiscovered local wineries under one roof.

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Foppiano Vineyards

Nestled in the rolling hills of Sonoma sits Foppiano Vineyards. The winery sits upon a 160-acre estate in the acclaimed Russian River Valley.

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Freestone Vineyards & Winery

When the legendary Joe Phelps and his son Bill founded Freestone Vineyards & Winery, they discovered a new kind of gold on the slopes of western Sonoma County.

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Graton Ridge Cellars

There is something for everyone at Graton Ridge Cellars. A large selection of various wines from the lush Russian River Valley await in the tasting room, ready to be enjoyed.

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Harvest Moon Estate & Winery

The opening chapter in the story of Harvest Moon Estate & Winery begins back in 1977 when the Pitts family planted their first grapes in the fertile Russian River Valley.

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Hop Kiln Winery

California Historic Landmark Number 893 in Sonoma County is also home to Hop Kiln Winery. Although hops are no longer processed here, the majestic old kilns now serve as Hop Kiln’s spectacular tasting room.

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Imagery Estate Winery

At first glance one recognizes that Imagery Estate Winery gives new meaning to the art of winemaking. With innovation and unconventionality at the core of its principals, Imagery takes risks in winemaking practices—and succeeds.

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Krutz Family Cellars

Krutz Family Cellars was recently named one of the Seven New Stars of California Chardonnay by Wine Enthusiast Magazine

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Landmark Vineyards

The estate acreage and manicured grounds of Landmark Vineyards may lie at the base of Sugarloaf Mountain, but they speak to a legacy that was born in the farmlands of Illinois in the year 1838.

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Larson Family Winery

The vineyards of Larson Family Winery speak of a colorful history, but what matters most to Tom and Becky Larson is their commitment to family and making world-class wines.

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Lost Canyon Winery

Dedicated to expressing the true essence of Sonoma County’s top-tier vineyards, Lost Canyon Winery handcrafts select, single-vineyard Pinot Noir, Syrah, and Chardonnay.

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Manzanita Creek Winery

Brothers Jack and William Salerno of Manzanita Creek Winery first laid eyes on Dry Creek Valley in the heart of northwest Sonoma County wine country 25 years ago and were bound and determined someday to give up their jobs in construction and painting to make wine.

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Matanzas Creek Winery

Cradled between three mountain peaks in Sonoma’s County’s small, fertile Bennett Valley, Matanzas Creek Winery crafts distinctive wines that speak to this beautiful, singular place.

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Matrix Winery

The wines of Matrix Winery are not produced, but nurtured. This process starts in the vineyards, where they carefully manage the environment—matching each vine to its perfect soil, climate, and exposure.

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Medlock Ames

Medlock Ames is dedicated to practicing environmental sustainability and the production of premier quality wine.

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Merriam Vineyards

The legacy of Merriam Vineyards began on a wine-fueled honeymoon in France, where New Englanders Peter and Diana Merriam became enraptured by the oenological world.

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Mueller Winery

Prior to founding Mueller Winery, Robert Mueller built an impressive résumé, first working for many notable wineries and then designing and establishing one of Napa and Sonoma’s largest custom crush facilities.

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Ravenswood Winery

Ravenswood Winery began life in 1976, when Winemaker Joel Peterson scrambled to harvest eight tons of Sonoma County Zinfandel before the rains fell.

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Raymond Burr Vineyards

The genesis of Raymond Burr Vineyards occurred in the middle of the 1950s when two actors with a shared interest in orchids met and became life-long friends.

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Robledo Family Winery

In 2003, the Robledo family made history by opening the first winery in the United States established by a former Mexican migrant field laborer.

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Russian Hill Estate Winery

Russian Hill Estate overlooks a magnificent vista with vineyards and a solitary hop kiln that often peeks out over the afternoon fog.

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Russian River Vineyards

First founded 50 years ago, Russian River Vineyards is a Sonoma County icon and an idyllic winery destination.

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Sheldon Wines

Sheldon Wines was born from the passion and fearlessness of a young couple that borders on delusional.

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Simi Winery

<p>Until recently very few women have been mentioned in the long history of wine making in California—Simi Winery is a notable exception to this omission. </p>

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Thomas George Estates

This Russian River Valley winery is committed to reinvigorating the tradition of producing artisan wines at its historic Westside Road location.

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Thumbprint Cellars

At Healdsburg’s Thumbprint Cellars, Proprietor/Winemakers Scott and Erica Lindstrom-Dake bring a hip and stylish new meaning to the phrase the “art of winemaking.”

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VJB Vineyards & Cellars

Wine has been a constant in the Belmonte family for many generations. From the rolling hills of the Sonoma Valley, VJB wines express the unique qualities of the land and a strong family tradition.

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Featured Accommodations

Bodega Bay Lodge

Perched on a pastoral bluff overlooking the rugged Sonoma Coast, Bodega Bay Lodge is the quintessential California coastal retreat.

Flamingo Resort and Spa

Offering the most modern amenities with the cheek and style of a 1950s resort, Flamingo Conference Resort and Spa was designed to mirror the original Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas.

Fountaingrove Inn Hotel and the Steakhouse @ Equus

The simple elegance and gracious hospitality of Fountaingrove Inn Hotel & Conference Center make it an instant hit for vacationers and business travelers alike.

Honor Mansion, a Wine Country Resort

Built in 1883, the stately Honor Mansion welcomes guests to Sonoma wine country with the warmth and grace of a bygone era.

Ledson Hotel

A thriving winery, a boutique luxury hotel, and a chic bistro on the plaza—each of Steve Ledson’s visions deserves to be seen and experienced.

Timber Cove Inn

Arriving at Timber Cove Inn, guests will follow a picturesque, winding route filled with redwood groves and jaw-dropping ocean views to a beautiful hillside bluff overlooking the crashing waves of the Pacific Ocean. Here they'll find the inn, perched on a cliff overlooking one of California’s most beautiful coastlines.

Applewood Inn, Restaurant & Spa

Sheltered by towering redwoods and surrounded by fruit orchards and  gardens, this historic and romantic enclave provides 19 rooms and suites and a peaceful refuge for adults to  relax, rejuvenate, and reconnect.

Villa Terra Nova

Generous in spirit and size, Villa Terra Nova embodies all of the elements one desires in a unique and elegant wine country retreat.

The Inn at the Tides

Simple elegance abounds, as it has for decades at The Inn at the Tides. Set along the isolated Sonoma coastline, the enclave of 86 guest lodges, two restaurants, swimming pool, spa, and meeting facilities provides an ideal sanctuary for rejuvenation and relaxation.

 

Featured Businesses

Sonoma Valley Wine Trolley

Embark on a journey full of rich, local history and meet fellow wine tasting enthusiasts as you visit four unique Sonoma Valley wineries. 

The Wine Carriage

Travel in a carriage drawn by two magnificent draft horses through vineyards and private lanes to premium tastings at three boutique Alexander Valley wineries.

Featured Destinations

Dry Creek Valley

In the heart of Northern Sonoma wine country, Dry Creek Valley beckons with an undulating landscape stretching 16 miles long and just two miles wide.

Sonoma Valley

Sonoma Valley lies in the heart of Sonoma County. It’s an authentic and inviting wine destination—a rolling patchwork of scenic farms, parks, communities, and vineyards.

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PASSPORT TO DRY CREEK VALLEY

Apr 29, 2017 until Apr 30, 2017

Over one weekend, Passport guests are welcomed into 45+ wineries throughout Dry Creek Valley, each offering a unique pairing of premium wine, gourmet food and entertainment. Take a vineyard tour for a grape-to-glass look at Dry Creek Valley wine. Sample exclusive vintages, rarely available to taste. Meet winemakers and grapegrowers – the generations of people behind the wine and magical ‘Dry Creek Valley spirit’. Savor exquisite food and wine pairings from acclaimed chefs. Delight in discovering each winery’s unique Passport “theme,” a tradition of the event. The possibilities are as varied as the wineries themselves and promise a fun, unforgettable weekend. Enjoy!

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Top Stories

Wine Country Experiences Sonoma County

7/14/2016

T’S HARD TO BELIEVE that stunning Sonoma County—with its more than 55 miles of Pacific coastline, mighty redwood forests,and valley after fertile valley of family farms that yield a bounty of produce—lies in such close proximity to a big city. 

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Warm, Welcoming Sonoma County

6/15/2015

Sonoma County is a dog and wine lover’s paradise. Not only does it boast more than 55 miles of rugged Pacific Ocean coastline, giant redwoods, statuesque mountains, winding rivers, and fertile valleys, it is home to more than 400 wineries, more than half of which are dog friendly.

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20 Great Wines that Say Cheers from Sonoma County

1/1/2015

In honor of Touring & Tasting’s 20th anniversary, we asked wineries across beautiful Sonoma County to join us in a toast with their finest celebration wines. Here's how they're saying “Cheers!”

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Dry Creek Valley Passport Weekend

1/1/2015

Touring & Tasting's Editor in Chief, Wendy van Diver, highlights the Dry Creek Valley's annual Passport Weekend in this lively Tour Journal feature. 

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Labor & Love in Sonoma County

6/17/2014

What does it mean to work as a family in the wine industry? Of the 170-plus wineries in Sonoma County today, a large majority are family owned and operated. 

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The Noteworthy Wines of Summer/Fall 2014

6/17/2014

The noteworthy wines in our Summer/Fall 2014 issue.

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Editor's Tour: Northern Sonoma County

12/24/2013

T&T's Editor-in-Chief, Wendy Van Diver, details her most recent six-day tour through some of Sonoma County's top wineries, hotels, and restaurants.

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Foodie Fun In Sonoma County

6/10/2013

Spanning more than one million acres, Sonoma County offers a cornucopia of fruits, vegetables, herbs, poultry, livestock, and fresh seafood waiting to be harvested, prepared, and enjoyed.

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Destination Races: Events With a Sense of Place

4/5/2013

Today, there are six annual Destination Races, introducing runners from all over the world to six unique North American wine countries.

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Adventures in Sonoma County

12/23/2012

If you're a lover of exploration and discovery, Sonoma County is waiting for you. This massive wine region is the size of Rhode Island, with over 370 wineries and 15 separate AVA’s.

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Celebration Sonoma Style

6/19/2012

Beautiful Sonoma County has it all. From its rugged Pacific coastline to its mountains, hills, and valleys, it abounds with wonderful food, wine, and people.

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Sonoma Women in Wine

12/13/2011

Although women still make up a small percentage of the industry, they’re making themselves known. Here are ten who agreed to pause for a moment to tell us why they love wine and why you should visit them in Sonoma County.

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