Sonoma Mountain Wine Region
Sonoma Mountain wineries focus on fuller-bodied red varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel. There are only a few wine producers in the region, but they are very high-quality. Sonoma Mountain wineries include Benziger Family Winery, Laurel Glen Winery and Coturri Winery.
Sonoma Mountain vineyards are grown on sunny mountain slopes in a warm climate. Sonoma Mountain’s wine country rises to 2,400 feet above sea level and is rarely affected fog that regularly settles on the Sonoma Valley floor during summer.
Studying the terrain of the wine region is a lesson in the ancient forces that shaped Sonoma Mountain. The soils are mostly made of lava flows and ash from the Sonoma Volcanics. This phenomenon was caused by a series of volcano eruptions that occurred millions of years ago, and greatly influenced the soil composition of the Sonoma Mountain wine region.
The history of Sonoma Mountain wine production began in the wake of the Gold Rush. Several disenchanted gold prospectors settled in the area during these years and began planting vineyards. During the early years of the 20th century, Jack London was a famous local resident. But it wasn’t until the 1980s that Mike Benziger really put Sonoma Mountain on the map as a premium wine region.
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