The Town of Sonoma is the southern end of Sonoma Valley, aka "Valley of the Moon." Along scenic Highway 12 are beautiful rolling hills and vineyards, dozens of world class wineries, several State and Regional Parks, and the villages of Glen Ellen and Kenwood. Compared to Napa Valley, Sonoma offers a more relaxed, less crowded (and generally less expensive) wine country experience.
While native people long lived in the rich Sonoma Valley, the Spanish settled the town around the Sonoma Mission, the northern most Spanish mission. Today, Sonoma plaza is a leafy park-like square surrounded by historical buildings (including the Mission and General Vallejo's army barracks), great restaurants, shops and wine tasting rooms. Weekly farmer's market and many local events are also held on the Plaza.
Sonoma is California's "real" wine country is what the locals like to say. In the mid 1800's Count Agoston Harazthy brought European wine grape to California and founded the first commercial winery in the state near the town of Sonoma. One can still visit the historic winery and grounds today. Also of historical note is the writer Jack London's ranch in Glen Ellen, now a State Park.
The town's name is derived from the name of early pioneer George Calvert Yount. Yount was considered responsible for establishing the first vineyard in the Napa Valley.
A noted destination…
Located in the southern end of the wine country this town of about 75,000 population sits in the valley of Napa county of northern California.
It is best known for the many wineries that d…
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