When you think of the California Wine Country, you immediately think of the Napa and Sonoma Valleys and other nearby Bay Area wine regions. And while California’s wine industry has spread throughout the state, and those other regions are producing some excellent wines, when California wine lovers go wine tasting, their first stop is usually California’s first wine region… the Napa/Sonoma and greater Bay Area wine growing areas.
Top Bay Area Wine Regions
Napa Valley – The Napa Valley is the most famous of California’s wine producing regions, and rightfully so. Not only does the Napa Valley produce some of the finest wines in the world, but it was also where the California wine industry was born.
Sonoma Valley – Just over the hill from the Napa Valley, the Sonoma Valley is a smaller, quieter version of its famous neighbor. One reason Sonoma Valley wines are so highly acclaimed is the area’s rich diversity of coast, canyons, valleys and woodlands that create unique microclimates, and corresponding unique nuances in their grapes.
Livermore Valley – The Livermore Valley (about 30 miles east of San Francisco) is home to many large and family owned wineries. The valley is known for its older plantings of both Semillon and Chardonnay, and is becoming better known for producing some of the finest wines California has to offer. Local wineries include: Concannon, Fenestra, Livermore Valley Cellars, Retzlaff, Stony Ridge and Wente Vineyards.
Santa Cruz Mountains – The Santa Cruz Mountains have been cultivated for grape-wine production since the late 1800s. The region runs from Half Moon Bay in the north down to Santa Cruz. Many small, family-owned wineries now operate in the Santa Cruz Mountain region. Local wineries include: Beauregard, Bonny Doon, Equinox, Silver Mountain and the Mountain Winery.
Russian River – The Russian River Wine Region is actually a sub-region within the greater Sonoma Valley zone. The area’s cool, foggy climate combined with its fertile, alluvial soils produce some of the finest wine grapes in the area. Some of the local wineries include: Rodney Strong, Foppiano, Iron Horse, Kendall Jackson, Korbel, Piper Sonoma, Rosenblum and River Road.
Alexander Valley – The Alexander Valley is another beautiful stretch of wine country within the Sonoma Valley region. It is the ideal growing area for almost all of the classic wine varietals, plus lesser-known varietals such as Syrah and Sangiovese. Local wineries include: Simi, Geyser Peak, Clos du Bois, Chateau Souverain, Canyon Road and Alexander Valley Vineyards.
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