Explore Sonoma Valley: Drive Down Highway 12

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  • on NOVEMBER 5, 2014
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Drive down Highway 12, from Santa Rosa to Sonoma, to experience the beauty of Sonoma Valley. Wineries line the rural highway and we would be remiss if we didn’t suggest you explore each one. Knowing that you have the time, and the palate, to only stop at three (maybe four) on your drive through the valley we’ve taken the time to narrow it down for you. Each winery on this list offers something special that we don’t want you to miss.

If You Want To Explore A Castle: Ledson Winery  Ledson-Castle-40_30x16 Driving East on Highway 12 you will find the Ledson castle on your left. The unexpected sight of this architectural fete will surely impress. Winery owner Steve Ledson describes the castle as a “gothic blast from the past…” which emerges “out of acres of rolling vineyards and pastoral calm.”

If You Want To Taste Wine With A Friendly Staff: Landmark Vineyards Landmark-Vineyards-Slideshow-1
Landmark Vineyard’s placement against the foothills of the Mayacama Mountains is simply breathtaking. This local-favorite winery is known to pair their amazing wines with one of most welcoming staffs in the industry. Be sure to look into their food pairings and tasting seminars.

If You’re Looking For Art: Imagery Estate Winery slideshow_bottleportfolio_imageryestate Wine is a true artistic expression, not only of the winemaker, but also the region and the vintage. Imagery Estate Winery has a true passion for both wine and art. Taste though their award winning wines as you peruse their on-site art gallery.

If You Want To Sit Outside: Valley of the Moon Winery slideshow_winery_valleyofthemoon There’s nothing more relaxing then soaking in the Sonoma Valley experience and relaxing outside at Valley of the Moon Winery. Nestled in the vineyards relaxing with a glass of their wine in hand is the perfect afternoon. Feel like exploring more Sonoma Valley wineries? Click Here


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