California’s sunny environs are famous throughout the world for its beautiful sunshine and wineries. Its capital is Napa Valley, but just a little while away from the main centre of wine lies the quaint little town of Sonoma County. This scenic place gave birth to the wine industry of California in the 19th century. The natural topography of the regions, its crisp Californian sunshine and influx of immigrants who brought with them the wine-making techniques from France and Spain, kickstarting a new industry here. You are likely to see plenty of Spanish and Mexican influences all over town in Sonoma. The main town is serene and peaceful, you can spend hours under the sun and not feel a minute of boredom. While the outskirts of Sonoma are the sites of its famous vineyards, the main town is a tribute to its struggle for emancipation. Sonoma was first visited by the Spanish missionaries in 1823. It was once under the control of the Mexican government. It became a part of the United States when California achieved its statehood in 1850. In the heart of the town, you will see the buildings that played an important role from the days of the missionaries to Sonoma’s status as a free town. A visit to Sonoma is a must for wine lovers and those interested in the history of California. Not just connoisseurs, a large portion of visitors in this town are here for the adrenaline rush. Sonoma has two racing tracks just out of town where everyone from beginners to high-speed racers can participate in rallies. Do not forget to check out the olive farms in town. Sonoma is an important town for the olive oil industry too. This is the perfect destination for you if a quiet place away from the city, relaxing in the countryside, and the good life is what beckons you on your journeys.
Sonoma Valley in the state of California is best known for its culinary experiences, shopping, spas, wineries, breweries and tasting rooms. Some of the attractions in Sonoma Valley are: Visiting wineries, Sonoma Valley has more than 100 wineries overlooking castles and chateaus to modern looking lounges where you can learn the process of making wine first hand and also spend the afternoon in the cellar, tasting wine; Playing golf at the Oakmont Golf Club; Going on a Balloon Tour that lets you experience the beautiful countryside from up above; Visiting Annadel State Park; Enjoying Canoe Trips on the Russian River; Visiting the Ernie Smith Regional Park; hiking in the Jack London State Park; and enjoying a hike up the Hood Mountain.
Essential travel information and Sonoma tips for your visit
- Time Zone: UTC -.08.00
- Currency: US Dollar
- Language: English, Spanish
- Electricity: 110 volts, 60 cycles.
- You may need an adapter to fit the appliance to the socket. You will also need a converter to change voltage.
- Internet: Most hotels offer free Wi-Fi.
- Security: Emergency number-911
- Visitor’s Bureau: 707-996-1090
- Tipping: Should be based on your experience in the tasting rooms.
- Tips are expected for porters, cab drivers, servers, drivers, tour guides etc.
- The weather can be quite unpredictable here. Layered clothing is recommended.
- Wear sturdy shoes when walking around town or the vineyards.
- You can take a case of wine with you as a part of the free luggage allowance when travelling by Alaska airlines.