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Wine Country, CA
Travel Guide

Ledson Winery and Vineyards featuring farmland, tranquil scenes and heritage elements

Tour the picturesque vineyards of California’s valleys, where friendly viticulturalists grow some of the most acclaimed wines from the New World.

Taste the good life in California Wine Country, a long stretch of valleys lined with vineyards and backed by dramatic scenery. Walk through fields covered with vines beneath the warm California sun and sip on some of the finest wines in the nation. In between vineyard visits, find entertainment in the charming towns and cities scattered throughout the region.

The first vineyards in California were planted by Spanish missionaries in the late 18th century and commercial wineries started a few decades later. In Sonoma County visit Buena Vista Winery, which was established in 1857, to taste wines from the oldest-surviving premium vineyard in California.

Northern California is home of some of the most prestigious wine-growing regions. Stroll through the acclaimed vineyards of scenic Napa Valley. Fourteen different regions within the valley come with their own American Viticultural Area (AVA) appellation. Take tours of chic city wineries in places such as Yountville and St. Helena, where you can also dine on Michelin-starred food. One of the best ways to explore the region is in a hot air balloon soaring over the tranquil landscapes.

Neighboring Sonoma County regularly competes with Napa for prestige. The vast county has more than 400 wineries, many of which offer tasting sessions and tours. Take a tram tour around the grounds of Benziger Family Winery or cycle between fields on a bike tour from Sonoma.

Wine country stretches south of San Francisco into Central California. Explore scenic Monterey County, home of the dramatic coastal region Big Sur. Carmel Valley has big-hitting wineries, including vast Holman Ranch and atmospheric Joullian Vineyards.

Find a charming and unexpected pocket of Wine Country in hotter Southern California. The town of Temecula is surrounded by vine-covered hills, in a climate and atmosphere that recalls Tuscany.

Fly to San Francisco International Airport for quick access to the valleys of Northern and Central California. Tasting tours are available in the vineyards of California Wine Country throughout the year, although many visitors enjoy coming in fall to watch the harvests take place.

Where to stay in Wine Country

Good Nite Inn Rohnert Park
Good Nite Inn Rohnert Park
2 out of 5
5040 Redwood Dr, Rohnert Park, CA
The price is $75 per night from Jun 27 to Jun 27
Situated in Rohnert Park, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Scandia Family Fun Center and Graton Resort and Casino. Spreckels Performing Arts Center and ...
3.7/5Good! (1,207 reviews)
"I like the environment it's in and the friendly staff working there also."

Reviewed on Jun 19, 2021

Good Nite Inn Rohnert Park
The Meritage Resort and Spa
The Meritage Resort and Spa
4 out of 5
875 Bordeaux Way, Napa, CA
The price is $322 per night from Jun 30 to Jun 30
Situated in Napa, this spa resort is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Trinitas Cellars and within 6 mi (10 km) of Oxbow Public Market and Napa Valley Wine Train.
4/5Very Good! (985 reviews)
"Great place to stay with the family. Its next door to Vino Bella (timeshare). I came here with my two kids (18 mo and 3yo) and they loved the kiddie pool! There's lots of green space for the kids to run around, hike and just blow bubbles! I would definitely recommend staying here and its only a 35 ..."

Reviewed on Jun 14, 2021

The Meritage Resort and Spa
Oxford Suites Sonoma County
Oxford Suites Sonoma County
3 out of 5
67 Golf Course Drive W., Rohnert Park, CA
The price is $144 per night from Jun 27 to Jun 27
Situated in the business district, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Graton Resort and Casino and Scandia Family Fun Center. Foxtail Golf Club and Spreckels ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (984 reviews)
"OK, location was convenient."

Reviewed on Jun 19, 2021

Oxford Suites Sonoma County
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Tentrr Signature Site - Mystic Mountain Petrified Camp
Tentrr Signature Site - Mystic Mountain Petrified Camp
Santa Rosa, CA
The price is $138 per night from Jun 22 to Jun 22
Situated in the mountains, this campground is 1.6 mi (2.7 km) from Safari West and within 9 mi (15 km) of Calistoga Hot Springs and Petrified Forest. Old Faithful ...
5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
Amazing location!
"Fantastic location and amenities! Would easily stay here again!"

Reviewed on Jul 18, 2019

Tentrr Signature Site - Mystic Mountain Petrified Camp
Beautifully Decorated Townhouse 2 Blks From Square, From $225
Beautifully Decorated Townhouse 2 Blks From Square, From $225
Sonoma, CA
Located in the heart of Sonoma, this vacation home is within a 10-minute walk of Sonoma City Hall and Sonoma Plaza. Sebastiani Theatre and Sonoma Valley Visitors ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (100 reviews)
Fantastic
"Everything was perfect!"

Reviewed on Jun 19, 2021

Beautifully Decorated Townhouse 2 Blks From Square, From $225
Downtown Napa Cottage- Walking Distance to City Center
Downtown Napa Cottage- Walking Distance to City Center
Napa, CA
Located in the heart of Napa, this historic cottage is within a 15-minute walk of Napa Opera House, Napa Valley Wine Train, and Downtown Napa Association. Uptown ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (45 reviews)
family getaway
"It's even cuter than in the pictures, inside and out."

Reviewed on Jun 12, 2021

Downtown Napa Cottage- Walking Distance to City Center
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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