Sonoma Mountain Climate & Grape Growing
The Effect of Climate on Sonoma Mountain Vineyards
Sonoma Mountain rises to about 2,400 feet above sea level. Most of the AVA is located above the fog line. Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel thrive in this climate. Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon also love the heat. Laurel Glen Winery and Benziger Family Winery own two of the great Cab vineyards on the mountain.
Many of the AVA’s vineyards are grown on steep, isolated slopes. They face east and enjoy morning sunshine and warm days. Nights are also warmer than surrounding areas.
The numerous canyons on the mountain contain some small, cooler microclimates. This allows for the limited production of cool weather varietals including Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. McCrea Vineyard produces exceptional Chardonnay that has been sourced by many noteworthy wineries including Chateau St Jean.