Discover an authentic adventure in Sonoma County, California
With more than 400 wineries, miles of Pacific Ocean coastline, towering redwood trees, an abundance of nature parks, and some of the most fertile earth in California, Sonoma County embodies the organic, natural and deliberate life that typifies Wine Country.
Wine enthusiasts already know of Sonoma County’s famed wineries and 17 distinct wine-growing areas encompassed within 1 million acres; which allows vintners to produce a stunning array of wines. Many visitors are pleasantly surprised to find that wine tasting in Sonoma County is a casual, friendly affair, often with the winemaker pouring for visitors. Sonoma County produces some of the world’s best wines. Top wines include Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc.
Whether grown locally on family farms or harvested fresh from the sea, Sonoma County's eateries embrace an eat-fresh philosophy that offers visitors a true taste of Wine Country. Venture out to discover a food lover's paradise: more than 500 restaurants ranging from Michelin- and Zagat-rated to casual wine country cuisine use freshly harvested, locally-grown produce. Don’t forget the farmers markets – there is one every day during season in Sonoma County.
Beer and Cider
Discover Sonoma County’s other famous beverages: beer, cider and spirits. Sonoma County now has more than 40-plus operating breweries, cider-houses and distilleries. Ciders make use of local apples, historically one of the crops that first made Sonoma County famous. And craft distillers roll out vodka, gin and whiskeys and offer tastings. In fact, some of the top beers in the US are brewed in Sonoma County. Use the beer map to find a tasting room to visit.
Sonoma County is one of California’s most diverse natural destinations. More than 50 regional and state parks beckon travellers to hike through redwood forests, paddle along the coast, cycle scenic roads, discover California history, or just sit down and enjoy the sounds of nature.
With 120-plus performing arts companies, more than 30 performing arts venues, 80 museums and galleries, and more than 27,000 artists of every discipline, there’s plenty of arts and culture to explore.
Catch a live performance at a local pub or the area’s top venues: The world-renowned concert hall at Green Music Center, located on the Sonoma State University campus; headliners’ favourite North Bay venue, Wells Fargo Center for the Arts; and, the Transcendence Theatre Company’s award-winning Broadway Under the Stars at Jack London State Park.
Only in Sonoma County
The Charles M. Schulz Museum celebrates all things Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang. Visit now to learn more about this amazing artist and storyteller, right in time for the new Peanuts movie, set to premier in 2015.
Safari West is an African-style adventure in the heart of Sonoma Wine Country. Explore the Sonoma Serengeti alongside romping herds of exotic wildlife or relax in a luxury safari tent under the gaze of a graceful giraffe.
Fast and furious action at Sonoma Raceway’s road course includes NASCAR, Indy-Car and motorcycle racing. Those wanting to experience racing on a more personal level can suit up and jump in a real race car at a driving school at the track.
Sonoma County offers air service at the airport named after Peanuts cartoonist Charles M. Schulz (STS). Direct flights to and from Los Angeles, San Diego, Portland, Oregon and Seattle, Washington are offered daily. Sonoma County is less than two hours from San Francisco, Oakland and Sacramento international airports.