Explore Sonoma County

Laid-back Sonoma County in Northern California is a wine, food, and nature lover’s dream, captivating visitors with its stunning landscapes, quaint towns, locally-focused restaurants, and multigenerational family-owned wineries. This vast growing region (roughly double the size of neighboring Napa Valley) is made up of 18 AVAs, where diverse terrain and microclimates make it possible to grow a wide variety of grapes, including chardonnay, pinot noir, cabernet sauvignon, and zinfandel. With so much to see, do, and taste, Sonoma County is truly a Wine Country paradise for every type of traveler. Welcome to Sonoma, CA!

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To experience all that Sonoma County has to offer almost immediately after stepping off the plane, plan to fly into the Charles M. Schulz–Sonoma County Airport , conveniently located in the heart of Wine Country. And when it comes to lodging , Sonoma is chock full of quaint inns and luxury resorts to choose from, whether you’re looking for a plush romantic getaway or a picturesque stay surrounded by vineyards. We adore the Kenwood Inn and Spa for its relaxing ambiance, the Hotel Healdsburg for its urban sophistication, the Ledson Hotel for its Old World charm, and the Timber Cove Resort for its rustic modern vibes and ocean views.

There are over 400 diverse wineries in Sonoma County, each brimming with Sonoma’s signature friendly, down-to-earth approach to good wine. Some of our favorites include J Vineyards in Healdsburg, Chateau St. Jean in Kenwood, Benziger Family Winery in Glen Ellen, and St. Francis Winery in Santa Rosa.

There is, of course, much more to do in Sonoma Wine Country than just wine tasting. For nature fans, try zipping through 2,000 year-old redwood trees with Sonoma Canopy Tours , or plan to trek your way through the Sonoma Valley with Wine Country Trekking . If savoring good cuisine is on your agenda, don’t miss experiencing Sonoma’s many restaurants , from Michelin-starred restaurants to family-run, farm-to-table eateries to local California gems, or check out a cooking class with Ramekins Cooking School . When you need a break from wine tasting, plan to stop into one of Sonoma’s many craft breweries , opt for a cocktail pairing at Hanson of Sonoma Distillery, or get out in nature with a visit to one of Sonoma’s historic parks and attractions .

Northern Sonoma County

Northern Sonoma 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 Wine Country specializes in cabernet sauvignon and zinfandel.

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 balanced acidity, while endless natural surroundings add to this region’s appeal.

Southern Sonoma County

Southern Sonoma, closest to Napa, thrives on diversity, from world-class wineries and breweries to gourmet cheese makers and locally-driven restaurants. The main grape growing regions here are Sonoma Valley and Carneros, where one will find chardonnay, pinot noir, and merlot.

Coastal Sonoma County

The Sonoma Coast combines the rugged splendor of the Pacific coastline with the tranquility of gently rolling vineyards. Sonoma Coast AVA and Fort Ross Seaview AVA grow elegant chardonnay and pinot noir on foggy hillsides.