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 »

Varietals Produced in Sonoma County View all

  • 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...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Merlot

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

  • 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...

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

  • Murphy-Goode Winery

    At Murphy-Goode, winemaking isn’t just a family busness; it’s a family tradition – one that’s end...

  • Clos du Bois

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

  • Littorai Wines

    All of the process waste from winemaking is recycled through a constructed wetlands system and re...

  • Casa de la Cruz

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

  • Tandem Winery

    Our Background shows a long history of working passionately with high-end labels; the team of gro...

  • La Crema Winery

    La Crema was founded in 1979 and quickly established itself as a pioneer for intensely flavored C...

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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


  • Notes, we need notes!Seems like it's been forever since I popped a Bedrock ... Old Vine - USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Valley (2/27/2015)Drank alongside the '13 Old Vine. Nose is deep, rich and powerful with concentrated sweet black /purple fruit and reminds me a lot of Carlisle. Mouth is juicy, rich, round and lively with sweet frui... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight? by 324443outthere 324443 outthere


  • Picket Fence Russian River Pinot Noir 2013

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    Great fruit Flavors with a smooth finish. Read More

    Wine review by BeautifulCalamity


  • Fritz Late Harvest Zinfandel 375 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by Frost13bits


  • It's another late night for me but I opened this Pahlmeyer Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2010. This is again one of the Estate wine purchases that I took a chance on. I have been posting this week the bottles that I thought were the worst and most likely to be spent and spoiled. I have been so surprised! Tonight I opened this Pahlmeyer Pinot. Raspberr... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Here's a blind wine tasting experience for you. A friend of mine has a ... What a great story. Local Sonoma County success story.  UC Davis student senses his place in the wine worldhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9TY0vc9SK Read More

    Forum post in the topic Have you taken a blind wine... by 324443outthere 324443 outthere


  • Marietta Cellars Christo Lot Number 2

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    Picked this up at Jubilation. A big beast of a wine - 15.2% alcohol. Opens with some baking yeast and vanilla raspberry preserves, bit more and more vanilla, and then blackberry/black currant to dark cherry oak fudge. Big slippery silky mouthful with long finish. Predominately Syrah, pepper, spice, savory meats and herbs, with an expanding taste... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Hey, Al the first, this is getting a great response, so I am piling on, ... ... Syrah guru and all-around Sonoma County insider. I second DV (or whoever): please keep reporting on this cellar purchase.  Maybe you could start a thread with a list of what you bought and then comment from ther Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Enophiles!


  • After rehearsal tonight I opened a Brewer-Clifton Mt. Carmel Pinot Noir 2010 ... reminiscent of the Pinots of Sonoma County that I grew up drinking 35 years ago. This is the first Brewer-Clifton that I think I have ever had and it shames me that I haven't visited their tasting room. I will do that soon. The price point on this wine I think is ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Enophiles!


  • Following in OT's footsteps we had this zin tonight that paired very well ... ... and cornbread.Fairly big Sonoma County zin from Alameda based Rock Wall (Rosenblum family). The nose is full of ripe blackberry and black cherry. More black fruit on the tongue along with a hint of licorice, decent acidity, fairly fine grained tannins and a mediu... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Kistler Chardonnay Sonoma Coast Durell Vineyard 2007

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    A favorite! A rich, full wine that doesn't disappoint! Read More

    Wine review by VTSand


  • 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


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