Explore Sonoma County

Wine, food, and nature lovers will find their paradise in welcoming, laid-back Sonoma County. Here the vineyard growers are fifth generation and the wines are as diverse as they are delicious. Made up of 16 wine regions that span 47 miles from north to south, Sonoma County grows a variety of grapes, including Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Zinfandel. Quaint farming towns dot the region—home to world-class restaurants and quirky shops—and 60 miles of pristine coastline and ancient redwood forests complete the picture. With so much to do and see, there’s a Sonoma County for everyone.

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To experience all that Sonoma County has to offer without hassle, fly into the Sonoma County Airport (and when you leave, check a case of wine for free with Alaska Airlines). Then head to your hotel – it’s hard to go wrong with lodging in Sonoma, but some sure-fire wins include the boutique h2hotel in Healdsburg and tranquil Sea Ranch Lodge . There are over 400 diverse wineries in Sonoma County, each brimming with Sonoma County’s signature friendly, down-to-earth approach to good wine. Some of the best include J Vineyards in Healdsburg, Ledson Winery in Kenwood, Arrowood Winery in Glen Ellen, and Kendall-Jackson Wine Estates in Santa Rosa.

There is, of course, much more to do in Sonoma’s Simraceway Performance Driving Center , strolling The Barlow in Sebastopol to discover handmade crafts, relaxing at the Spa at Kenwood Inn and Spa , and getting spooked at the Potter Schoolhouse in Bodega—where Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds was filmed. For nature fans, try zipping through 2,000 year-old redwood trees at Sonoma Canopy Tours in Occidental or working up an appetite hiking in stunning Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve near Guerneville. Once you’re good and hungry, check out some of Sonoma’s best restaurants, including River’s End in Jenner, Underwood Bar & Bistro in Graton, Restaurant at Farmhouse Inn in Forestville, and Diavola Pizzeria & Salumeria in Geyserville. For something out of the ordinary, head to the Guerneville Bank Club for some ice cream, pie, and local art.

Northern Sonoma County

Northern Sonoma County is warm, sunny, and dry, perfect conditions to grow the densely structured wines that this region has become known for. Home to Alexander Valley, Dry Creek Valley, and Knights Valley, Northern Sonoma County specializes in Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel, with...

Central Sonoma County

Central Sonoma County encompasses the cool, lush wine regions of Russian River Valley and Green Valley. Pinot Noir and Chardonnay thrive here, producing wines with rich fruit and a balancing acidity. The joy of the region comes from not only these delicious wines, but...

Southern Sonoma County

Southern Sonoma County thrives on diversity, from world-class wineries and breweries to gourmet cheese makers and a world class race tracks. The main grape growing regions here are Sonoma Valley and Carneros, where great Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and...

Coastal Sonoma County

The Sonoma Coast combines the rugged splendor of the northern California coastline with the tranquility of gently rolling vineyards. Sonoma Coast AVA and Fort Ross Seaview AVA grow elegant Chardonnay and Pinot Noir on foggy...