Sonoma-Carneros Wine Country
Sonoma-Carneros wineries are located quite close to San Francisco, making them a magnet for wine tours. Some of the more interesting destinations include Schug Estate, Larson Family Winery and Buena Vista Winery. Fans of sparkling wine should definitely stop by Gloria Ferrer.
Because the local climate is windy and cool, Sonoma-Carneros Wineries produce excellent Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. These two varietals account for over 75% of the region’s wine production. Sonoma-Carneros vineyards also grow grapes for sparkling wine.
The terrain of Sonoma-Carneros Wine Country is basically a plain that gradually slopes north from the San Pablo Bay. The Sonoma Mountains border on the west and the Mayacamas Mountains border on the northeast. The flat terrain of Sonoma-Carneros Wine Country allows wind and fog from the San Pablo Bay to enter the region relatively unobstructed.
The local history of grape growing and wine production began at the Sonoma Mission during the 1830s. The region was a natural place for early settlers in California due to its proximity to San Francisco and accessibility by water routes. There were already several excellent Sonoma-Carneros wineries in the region by the end of the 19th century.
Sonoma Wine Tours
- Sonoma Chardonnay & Pinot Noir Tour
- Sonoma Zinfandel Tour
- Private Tour with Winemakers or Winery Owners