Fall in the vineyards is the absolute most enjoyable time to spend up in wine country. The green trees and grapevines begin to transform into stunning hues of golden yellow and burnt orange, making you just as excited for the fall as you once were for the summer during the spring months. A short hour drive to Sonoma County holds wineries upon wineries accompanied with a casual vibe. While there are plenty of wineries to sip at in Alexander Valley, Dry Creek Valley and Russian River Valley, there are a few special spots which are situated along the most beautiful vineyards with fabulous wines.
Alexander Valley is the northern area which borders the Russian River from Cloverdale to Healdsburg. This area is known for it's Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, but is also home to Chardonnay, Zinfandel, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc and other varieties. Alexander Valley totals approximately 15,000 vineyard acres with 49 wineries. Don't miss Francis Ford Coppola Winery.
The second largest wine region of Sonoma is Dry Creek Valley. Most famous for it's location along rugged mountain ridges accompanied with redwoods and evergreens, this region is recognized for it's Zinfandel, Bordeaux and Mediterranean varietals. The cool coastal temperatures in the late afternoon allow for the large diversity of viticulture, as the days are often fog free. Don't miss Bella Vineyards and Wine Caves.
The largest region in this area is the Russian River Valley. With 130 wineries and the greatest amount of acres, this regions climate stands out the most. The coastal morning and evening fog rolls in during the growing season, producing a wonderful Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and sparkling wine grape variety. Don't miss Korbel Champagne Cellars!
Have you ever spent time learning about the viticulture in Sonoma County's wine regions? Which wineries are on the top of your list? If you're looking to follow along on my trips through California, holiday gift guides and more, connect on Instagram!