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Sonoma County

Sonoma County

Much of Sonoma County has a small-town feel to it—the many independently run wineries, restaurants,and boutiques contribute to that—but it’s actually a huge place. Bordered by San Pablo Bay in the south, the Mayacamas Mountains in the east, and the Pacific Ocean to the west, Sonoma Cover covers 1,768 square miles, a significant portion of that comprising farm land and vineyards. The wine scene is truly exceptional: More than 425 wineries operate here, offering breathtaking diversity in terms of varietals, styles, price points, and terroir. You probably won’t be able to experience all 18 American Viticultural Areas here, so start with a few. Consider exploring the Carneros region, a charming appellation straddling the Napa and Sonoma Valleys and producer of some of the region’s best Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and sparkling wines. (Bubbly fans should pay a visit to Gloria Ferrer—for the Blanc de Blancs and the epic views.)