If you like wine, you’ve probably enjoyed California Wine Country vintages, many rated 90-point or higher. Visit the areas producing 90 percent of U.S. wine. Enjoy scenic countryside and fresh produce from California’s fertile valleys.
California has six wine regions. The largest and perhaps most famous is the North Coast, which includes Napa, Sonoma, Los Carneros, Mendocino and Lake County. Plan multiple days for tours and tastings among thousands of wineries. Most wineries offer samples of several wines for small fees. Some, such as St. Helena’s Hall, have adjoining art galleries. Many wineries, including DaVero in Healdsburg, have added olive oil, preserves and other foods to their sales rooms.
The Central Coast region has some of the state’s oldest vineyards, established by early Franciscan monks. See historic wineries in Santa Clara, San Luis Obispo and San Benito. Many Central Coast wineries are near the Pacific Coast Highway with glorious vistas of cliffs and waves. Watch the film Sideways and look for scenes filmed near Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez Valley wineries. Bike or walk between wineries in Livermore Valley and the Santa Cruz Mountains.
Sierra Foothills wineries originated with 1800s gold rush miners. More than 40 wineries remain in Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, Nevada and Placer counties. Tour the wineries during autumn harvests to see fall foliage and smell the tart-sweet aroma of grapes as you sample excellent wines.
In the Inland Valleys of Lodi, San Joaquin and Sacramento, enjoy pairings of local wines with luscious California produce and nuts. Travel from Los Angeles to the Southern California region to combine wine touring with beach visits or golf vacations in San Diego County and the Temecula Valley. California’s Far North has a few wineries near giant redwoods.
California Wine Country encourages safe travels with designated drivers or chauffeured tours. Check winery schedules in advance since many have limited hours. Most wineries request reservations to ensure pleasant visits without crowds. Enjoy free views but pay tasting fees. Purchase your favorite vintages to ship home or take for a picnic.
A: Many travelers choose to use public transportation when they're vacationing in Santa Rosa and Napa. It's a terrific way of avoiding expensive parking fees and having to navigate through challenging city traffic. But if you're planning to head out and explore the region of Sonoma County or elsewhere, you may want to consider booking a set of wheels. Get your scenic road trip adventure off to a good start by browsing our handy guide to Cheap Car Hire in Wine Country.
A: Wine Country has many options for travelers on all budgets. If you're seeking a break from the everyday, you’ll find no shortage of private vacation homes. Hotels, bed & breakfasts and motels are also popular with visitors.
A: As little or as much as you want. Lock in a flight, car or hotel. You can also reduce the hassle by combining them together. Why not add in some experiences and attractions in Wine Country to round things off?
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A: Laguna de Santa Rosa, Valley of the Moon Pottery & North Eagle Gallery and Joe Rodota Trail at Sonoma County Parks — check out these much-loved attractions if you're visiting Santa Rosa.
If you're off to Napa, Downtown Napa Association, JaM Cellars and Lake Berryessa are definitely well worth seeing.
And if your final stop is in Petaluma, we'd suggest spending time at Petaluma Seed Bank, Parkwest Casino Sonoma and The Petaluma Library Museum.
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