April is Sonoma County Wine Month: Get Ready to Uncork Great Times!
Springtime in Sonoma County
Sonoma County’s wineries are swinging their doors wide open this spring to invite wine lovers and wine explorers to plan the perfect Wine Country getaway featuring new and innovative experiences. Few winegrowing regions in America offer more geographical and stylistic diversity than Sonoma County. Stretching from the cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean to mountains and valleys blanketed in microclimates, each distinctive zone is linked by its local character and rich agricultural legacy. Sonoma County’s winemakers encapsulate this cultural, agricultural and natural mosaic, a tapestry composed of outdoor adventures, culinary exploration and the celebration of a phenomenal glass of wine. Find an online listing of Wine Month activities, curated by Sonoma County Vintners, on their dedicated web page.
With more than 400 wineries producing wines from 60+ grape varieties in 18 designated American Viticultural Areas, there is sure to be something for every palate. True to the diversity of the many terroirs, visitors swoon over the cornucopia of choices that includes Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Syrah, Pinot Gris, Viognier, Pinot Blanc, Cabernet Franc, Sangiovese and Petite Sirah – as well as other limited-production gems. Vegan travelers will find numerous options for wine tasting and even food and wine pairings. Any oenophile would be hard-pressed (pun intended!) to find this variety from any other area in the world.
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PLAN YOUR TRIP
Pack Your Bags
Sonoma County Tourism is a great resource for planning your visit to Sonoma County with information on accommodations, restaurants and more.
Sonoma County Wine Country has always been a quick drive along Highway 101 for many but getting there has become even easier in recent years with the addition of direct flights to Santa Rosa Airport (STS) from major cities. Taking wines back home is a cinch with Alaska Airlines’ Wines Fly Free program. If a trip isn’t in the cards this year, anyone can still get that Sonoma feeling by purchasing wine and virtual experiences from a winery’s online shop or a favorite local wine retailer. Sonoma County Wine Month celebrates the region’s bounty from coast to coast.
A trip to Sonoma County unfurls endless opportunities to enjoy numerous wine experiences with knowledgeable hospitality professionals, trek through an oak grove on a favorite trail or, should you book a virtual experience, celebrate a new flavor of red or white without ever leaving home. Soak up the vineyard views, rediscover a passion for Chardonnay or try an unusual food pairing with a surprising varietal.
And to set the tone, enjoy a special Sonoma County playlist with favorite road trip tunes.
Visit the Sonoma County Vintners website to begin celebrating Sonoma County Wine Month.
Sonoma County Wine Month is produced by Sonoma County Vintners and presented by Vintec. See the listing of experiences and promotions from participating wineries at sonomawine.com/winemonth.
Settling upon a terrace overlooking stunning hillside vistas for a tasting flight after a vineyard tour is a well-deserved indulgence. Like the hiking trails, boutiques and countless other activities available throughout Sonoma County, no two wine tastings in the region are exactly the same. Visitors might settle into a wine cave or a cool subterranean barrel room to enjoy a tasting flight or may opt to reserve a winery cabana or bocce court with bottle service for the day and watch the kids and dogs play on expansive grounds. Join a wine club to get the VIP treatment with access to special programs and complimentary experiences, allowing members to truly get to know a specific winemaker as well as stock the cellar with hard-to-find wines unavailable to the general public. Whatever the experience, life really is beautiful when it’s set in Sonoma County.
Sonoma County’s wine community has long championed sustainable practices and invested in their environment. They share a collective understanding about the importance of low-impact, organic and biodynamic agricultural practices as an integral part of the science and art that, when combined, produces outstanding wine. Many of the wineries are charter members of the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance, Fish Friendly Farming, and Sustainability in Farming. Some have achieved the goal of being 100% solar powered or signed on with the industry-wide effort called International Wineries for Climate Action. Caring for the land isn’t enough, Sonoma County wineries also cultivate a vibrant and diverse Sonoma County by elevating lives through charitable events and philanthropic giving. Vintners participating in the Sonoma County Wine Auction (SCWA) have raised millions of dollars to date for their community. The annual benefit has been recognized as one of Wine Spectator’s Top Charity Wine Auctions in the United States.
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Sonoma County Wine Facts
Welcome to Sonoma County
Sonoma County Road Trip Playlist