The Sonoma Coast Wine Region
Most Sonoma Coast wineries are small, boutique producers that require an appointment for wine tours and tastings. Some of the more popular local wineries include Flowers Vineyard & Winery, Peay Vineyards, Fort Ross Vineyard & Winery and Aubert Wines.
Western parts of Sonoma County are influenced by the Pacific Ocean and are quite cool. Sonoma Coast’s climate is characterized by cool, foggy mornings, sunny afternoons and moderate evenings. These conditions are optimal for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, and local wineries vinify some of the best examples of these grapes in California.
The terrain of Sonoma Coast’s wine country is mostly comprised of sloping hillsides. Like most of Sonoma County, the soil composition is extremely diverse. A lot of investment is going into Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah vineyards. A number of other grapes are grown in smaller quantities. The wine region is located along the rugged coast of the Pacific Ocean.
Sonoma Coast’s wine country does not have an exceptionally long history of grape growing and wine production. Until recently, most of the area was written off as too cool for growing quality wine grapes. Because the climate is marginal and the terrain unforgiving, most vineyards are planted on sunny ridgelines to ensure that grapes fully ripen.
Sonoma Wine Tours
- Sonoma Chardonnay & Pinot Noir Tour
- Sonoma Zinfandel Tour
- Private Tour with Winemakers or Winery Owners