The vintner's love affair with Sonoma continues
Life in Sonoma County moves at a slower pace. Here, peace and
tranquility echoes throughout the lush vineyard countryside, inviting
one to take pleasure in all of life's little moments. Travelling to
Sonoma couldn't be easier with private jet access and direct flights to
and from nearby Santa Rosa Airport from a number of U.S. cities.
As a connoisseur of great wines, you'll want to immerse yourself in
the wonderful Sonoma experience. As an FFWS member, you'll have some
exclusive stops to make along the way. Be our guest at any one of the
four member wineries located here: Chalk Hill Estate, Foley Sonoma Winery, Roth Winery, Sebastiani Winery, and Lancaster Estate.
THE ALLURE OF SONOMA COUNTY
Location: Located about an hour north of San Francisco, Sonoma is bordered by the counties of Marin (south), Mendocino (north), Lake (northeast), Napa (east) and the mighty Pacific Ocean to the west. At 1,768 square miles, Sonoma County is larger than Rhode Island.
History: The region's first vines were established in 1812 by Russian colonists at Fort Ross on the Pacific coastline. By 1854, four years after California had achieved statehood, grapes were being planted in the Alexander Valley, Santa Rosa and the Valley of the Moon.
Climate: Much of Sonoma County is devoted to open space and agriculture, giving it a natural unspoiled look and feel. As with most of California, the climate is influenced by the distance and exposure to the cold Pacific Ocean; areas near the water are cool, areas inland are warm.
Topography: Sonoma features rolling hills and low mountains in the west, plains in the middle and the rugged Mayacamas Mountains in the east. There are streams, lakes, forests and meadows scattered throughout the diverse countryside.
Viticulture: Sonoma County is perhaps the most diverse wine region in the world. The AVA has achieved success with all of the cold- and warm-climate varieties. Of the 1,131,520 total acres, 64,000 are planted to vineyards. Chardonnay is the most popular grape with more than 16,000 acres. Cabernet is second with 12,000 acres, The next three are Pinot Noir (10,000), Merlot (7,500) and Zinfandel (5,000)
Activities: Sonoma offers excellent golfing, fishing (deep sea, lake and stream), hiking, horseback riding, ballooning, bicycling, shipping, dining and of course wine tasting. The historic and charming towns of Sonoma and Healdsburg offer great dining and shopping.
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