Slow time in Sonoma is sometimes the best time to visit. If you want to beat the crowds and feel like you’re on a private tour of Sonoma there is no better time than the present. January through March tends to be thought of as not the best time to visit wine country. No one is picking or pruning, there’s no fruit fermenting, the sexiest things to see at wineries are bottlings and rackings take place… but guess where the winemaker might be?

If you answered “hosting wine dinners and in general showing off his or her wares,” you must be a sophisticated wine drinker! Truth is, while the weather outside is (not really) frightening -- think lows of 40F and highs close to 60F -- the hospitality offered by the county’s great wineries makes a visit more than worthwhile, and you’ll be able to get out of the rain. Yes, there will be rain, but you’ll be safe and sound and well taken care of if you plan your trip to Sonoma today using Visa's Trip Planner. It’s a one-stop shop for all your Sonoma wine country needs.
January is filled with great Sonoma events, and great chances to meet with some of your favorite winemakers as they share their unique insights about the finest wines of the county. Each of these winemaker's dinners is reason enough to plan a trip to Sonoma and when you do make your plans, make sure to take advantage of Visa's Sonoma Trip Planner, which gives you easy access to all your favorite Sonoma wineries. It’s simple to use and will make planning your next trip to Sonoma a breeze!

Click here for our slideshow on fun events happening in Sonoma in January.