Sonoma County Wine

 

Wine-making in Sonoma, California began in 1812 when Russian colonists planted grapes at Fort Ross, along the coast. Then Father Jose Altimura led Spanish Franciscans to plant Mission grapes at Mission San Francisco Solano for ceremonial purposes in the 1820s, with these cuttings traveling further into California. For the next thirty years or so, wines using the Mission grape became a burgeoning industry, through the Bear Flag Revolt and annexation of the state of California in 1854. 
 
By this time, General Mariano Vallejo was going great guns (pardon the pun) with his own vineyard producing Mission grapes. Until he met a Hungarian businessman named Agoston Haraszthy, who bought it and replanted it with fine European vitis vinifera, renaming the vineyard Buena Vista. Haraszthy is credited with the first hillside plantings after the European tradition, as well as employing Chinese laborers to dig caves for cool temperature cellaring, and introducing the first Zinfandel cuttings Read more »

View More

Popular wines made in Sonoma County under $20

Find local availability for these wines:Submit

Varietals Produced in Sonoma County View all

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

Subregions of Sonoma County

  • Alexander Valley

    Alexander Valley, part of Sonoma County in California, is named for pioneer Cyrus Alexander. A ...

  • Dry Creek Valley

    The Carneros AVA straddles between both Napa and Sonoma Valleys, with distinct climates. The Na...

  • Knights Valley

    Knights Valley is a wine region in Northern Sonoma in the North Coast of California. It’s named...

  • Russian River Valley

    The Russian River Valley is the most southerly AVA within Northern Sonoma. It is named for the ...

  • Sonoma Coast

      The Sonoma Coast AVA is an extensive part of Sonoma County, California. It stretches betwe...

  • Bennett Valley

    Just when you’ve finally figured out the criss-cross of Sonoma County’s 12 sub-appellations here ...

  • Chalk Hill

      The Chalk Hill AVA is located within the Russian River Valley district of Northern Sonoma,...

  • Sonoma Mountain

    Sonoma Mountain is a subregion of Sonoma Valley in California. The region has different microcl...

Popular Wineries in Sonoma County View all

  • Thumbprint Cellars

    Hand-crafted, small lot, micro-wines are created using the highest quality grapes from Sonoma Cou...

  • Frei Brothers Reserve

      Frei Brothers Reserve is a winery based in Sonoma, California. The grapes are sourced from...

  • Chateau St. Jean Winery & Vineyards

      Chatea St. Jean’s life started in 1920, when it was built as a summer home for Ernest and ...

  • Hafner Vineyard

    We're a small family winery tucked away in Alexander Valley, 15 minutes from Healdsburg. You w...

  • Casa de la Cruz

    Casa de la Cruz wines are a companion label of Keller Estate Winery. These lovely entry level Cha...

  • Clos du Bois

      Clos du Bois didn’t start small and build up like many other wineries - it started with a ...

Page 1 of 1,000

Sonoma County on Snooth

  • This Saturday June 5th 2010 is Single Night in the Russian River Valley at C Donatello Winery. 6:30 - 10:00pm Single Vineyard tastings from the following wineries: Acorn Winery Ancient Oak Cellars Balletto Vineyards Benovia Winery D&L Carinalli Dutton-Goldfield Ferrari-Carano Vineyards & Winery Foppiano Vineyards Foppoli Wines Graton Ridge Cell...

    Comment by 324443outthere 324443 outthere


  • Planning to head to Sonoma Valley over Labor Day Weekend? It is Sonoma Wine Country Weekend! County wide event with lots of activities going on. Get more information here: www.sonomawinecountryweekend.com

    Comment by 36106John Andrews 36106 John Andrews


  • If you didn't see this Snooth posting and planning a trip to Sonoma, check this out: http://www.snooth.com/wine-tours/sonoma/

    Comment by 36106John Andrews 36106 John Andrews


  • Deloach Vineyards Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 2016

    Snoothrank:

    A very respectable low-dollar PN. Pretty garnet color. Red cherry on the tip of the tongue, Initial "sweetness" is ameliorated by nice, tart acid.Quite light-bodied, A touch of heat under the rear palate. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Once & Future Frank's Block Teldeshchi Vineyard Zinfandel 2015

    Snoothrank:

    A very satisfying wine. Red berries--raspberry, cherry--on the tip of the tongue but, also, stone fruit--plum. A mid-palate suggestion of anise. Nice refreshing acid, but not to the point of tartness, Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Carlisle Gruner Veltliner Steiner Vineyard Sonoma Mtn 2017

    Snoothrank:

    Aromatic nose. Stone fruit--peach, apricot--and some tropical fruit on the tip of the tongue. Some stoniness mid-palate, Nice, refreshing tartness. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Bedrock Wine Co. Chuy Chardonnay Moon Mountain District 2017

    Snoothrank:

    Very pretty deep straw color. Fairly big nose--oaky bouquet, tropical fruit aromas. Noticeable caramel is followed by tropical fruit--pineapple, kiwi--on the tongue. The "Tropical Fruit" descriptor tells you that there is plenty of acid in this one. That's probably why I like it Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Limerick Lane Syrah 'Headpruned Block' 2014

    Snoothrank:

    Very lean wine. Suggestion of black fruit, but only a suggestion, Also, suggestion of anise and of clove. Moderate tannins and acids. Fairly short finish. Interesting but not compelling wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Kenwood Pinot Noir Six Ridges 2014

    Snoothrank:

    No written review

    Wine review by donealrice


  • St. Francis Chardonnay 2017

    Snoothrank:

    Lovely and crisp for a chardonnay without trying so hard to add particular flavors that come off fake.I actually tried this at Sip 'n Paint (The Wine Cellar at the Rio in Las Vegas). Read More

    Wine review by donealrice


  • Ridge Vineyards Pagani Ranch Zinfandel 2016

    Snoothrank:

    Good wine, but definitely needs more time. Fruit of red cherry. Some dustiness. Quite stiff tannin. Nice tart acid. Retro-nasal menthol sensation. Give this one three more, or so, years to let the tannin and acid resolve. Then, I am pretty sure, this wine will develop to become outstanding. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Windracer Chardonnay Anderson Valley 2014

    Snoothrank:

    Good Thanks Read More

    Wine review by warrendavidking


  • Flowers Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2016

    Snoothrank:

    Great little wine. Review to follow... Notes of celery, strawberry confit and perhaps a touch of raspberry - depending on the moment. Entry is silky smooth, like a fine Beaune; there is strawberry (though slightly muted) and more vegetable notes like celery stalk - topped off with a sprinkle of vanilla. This mature, well-made PN only needs a ... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • If you didn't see this Snooth posting and planning a trip to Sonoma, check this out: http://www.snooth.com/wine-tours/sonoma/

    Comment by 36106John Andrews 36106 John Andrews


  • The Russian River valley was my wife an my introduction to Sonoma during our 20th anniversary trip to the area. We fell in love with the geography and the vibrant Cabernets (not really a Pinot Noir lover). If one is planning on a wine vacation to either Napa or Sonoma, I would without a doubt pick Sonoma. Watching the fog come in from the Pac...

    Comment by 197388Mitch Maloney 197388 Mitch Maloney


  • First trip to California hoping to get some advice on wineres that are "must see", in the Somoma region. We are going in June and only have about 4 days. I would love any feed back on anything else i.e restaraunts lodging. L

    Comment by 325474mrlasr 325474 mrlasr


  • The 18th Winter Wineland is soon coming to Russian River Valley and Dry Creek Valley. January 16 & 17, 2010 11:00-4:00 both days 120 Wineries - 50 Lodgings Advance Online Ticket Prices Are: $40 Weekend, $30 Sunday Only, $10 for Designated Drivers At the door prices will be $50 Weekend, $40 Sunday Only, $10 for Designated Drivers Find out...

    Comment by 36106John Andrews 36106 John Andrews


  • Roessler Visit … As I had mentioned a while back I am making some wine this year and this means for a short period of time I need to be in Sonoma a lot. I need to be there to see what is going on, do punch downs and take readings on the wine. Harvest is a busy time but if you are only doing work on one ton of grapes there isn’t a lot to do. ...

    Comment by 36106John Andrews 36106 John Andrews


  • Hey HondaJohn - great job curating this page. Keep it up!

    Comment by 6331solomania9 6331 solomania9


  • Mantazas Creek Visit … One of the things that continues to amaze me is the just the sheer number of wineries that there are in Northern California. I’ve been to a lot of them but there are so many more that I have not been to. That’s why, when I had the opportunity to, I dropped in to Mantazas Creek Winery in Bennett Valley. Mantanzas Cre...

    Comment by 36106John Andrews 36106 John Andrews


1 2 3 4 5  ...  1000 next




View larger map



Best Wine Deals

See More Deals

Sonoma County Wine Top Lists


Recent Forum PostsView all


Sonoma County wine ratings and reviews





Snooth Media Network