Sonoma Valley Wineries

Those on the inside track know that Sonoma Valley is the place to go if you want to skip the hype and glitz of the Napa Valley yet still visit a wide variety of first-class wineries. With over sixty wineries spread out over the 17-mile long valley, you can choose amongst large and mid-sized wineries with elaborate tasting rooms or small family-owned wineries. You can even visit a half dozen tasting rooms that feature wines that are not available outside of Sonoma Valley. If you are short on time, choose amongst over a dozen wine tasting rooms located right on the town plaza. If you want a special treat, consider splurging on a vineyard tour and tasting up in the hills, where the views are spectacular and the wines are concentrated. As you plan your visit, be sure to leave enough time to meander along the oak-studded backcountry roads as you pop into tasting rooms along the way, that are often staffed by the winemakers themselves.

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View all posts in About Visiting Wineries Sonoma Valley wineries welcome visitors with open arms. Winery employess are proud of what they do and enjoy sharing. Of course, every winery has it's own personality. That's what makes it interesting. We've included a A Few Good Tips for Wine Tasting in this section, along with lots of other helpful information, including suggestions on how to get wine back home.
View all posts in Wine Maps Many organizations and wineries produce Sonoma Valley Winery Maps, but in our opinion, the The Sonoma Valley Vintners and Growers Association Map is the best. The map covers the entire Sonoma Valley region designed as an American Viticulture Area (AVA), as well as the Valley's four AVA sub-regions; Sonoma Mountain, Moon Mountain, Bennett Valley, and Los Carneros.
View all posts in Sonoma Wineries Open to Public You can visit these wineries anytime during their open hours, but you can also schedule private tours and tastings with many of them. Expect crowds on weekends and holidays.
View all posts in Wineries By Appointment Only Some of the best experiences happen at wineries visited by appointment only. Most often small with limited production, these wineries offer a highly personalized experience guaranteed to get you off the beaten path. Typically, these wineries are looking for new recruits to join their private wine clubs through which they distribute large portions of their annual wine production. And, bottle prices are usually on the upper end. Call or email well in advance to schedule an appointment.
View all posts in Sonoma Plaza Tasting Rooms You don’t have to go far to sample many great wines in Sonoma. In fact, it’s as simple as parking your car on the Sonoma Plaza and stopping in at several wine tasting rooms located on or near the town square. There is an increasing number of wine tasting rooms opening there — at last count there were over a dozen — many of which represent wineries with small lots of wine difficult to obtain otherwise. You can easily spend an afternoon or even an entire day tasting wines here. There are a handful of upper end wineries that require advance reservations (and often a hefty fee) but most tasting rooms are drop-in.  All have tasting fees, but 2 for 1 coupons are often distributed through lodging providers and the Visitors Bureau located on the Plaza. A handful even accept the Sonoma Wine Tasting Passport that allows for free tasting.

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