With this installment of "Driving Sonoma," we’ll be packing up and heading south out of Geyserville, and back towards San Francisco. We’ve made a couple of great loops through the various American Viticultural Areas that fill most of Sonoma County, and today I’m planning on taking advantage of the richness of the region to sneak in a few more visits.

Because of its natural beauty and friendly outlook, Sonoma County is a great place to visit. The fact that it’s hard to move and not bump into a famous (or soon to be famous) winery makes it all the more appealing. One of the most well known and historically important properties in Sonoma is the Simi Winery.

Since 1876, Simi has been a fixture of the Alexander Valley. Located just off Highway 101, south of Geyserville at the northern edge of Healdsburg, it’s an easy visit to include in one’s travels, and well worth it. The old stone winery is a great, historic feature that remains a testament to the wealth and prosperity the region was enjoying during the late 19th century.