The wine growing regions of California collectively form the Wine Country. The rolling hills covered with vineyards, the wineries producing exquisite wines and the fresh air make the Wine Country a favorite destination of wine and nature lovers.
A short drive from San Francisco will take you to one of the loveliest corners of the earth, adorned with scenic landscapes, quaint towns, spas and resorts.
Time to visit
Wine Country is a year round destination. It is especially crowded during weekends and holidays. Most Wine Country festivals are held during the harvest time, between September and November. It is advisable to book your accommodation and reserve wine tours during the peak tourist seasons.
The historic town of Sonoma is one of the oldest towns of California. The lively central plaza and the historic building are key attractions of the town. The wineries of the Sonoma Valley are noted for their pinot noir and chardonnay. Epicureans would love to visit Healdsburg, a small town in the Sonoma Valley, home to some of the finest restaurants of the Wine Country.
Napa Valley produces some of the best wines of the world. The town of Napa, Calistoga and St. Helena are important towns situated in the Napa Valley. Napa is the oldest as well as the largest city in Napa Valley. Everything about Wine Country is displayed in Copia: The American Center for Wine, Food and Arts. St. Helena is lined by several 19th and early 20th century buildings. You can step into one of the wineries of the city or enjoy a sumptuous culinary spread in one of the restaurants of the town.
Mud bath at Calistoga
The Wine Country is dotted with spas. For a refreshing mud bath, you can head to Calistoga. The thermal springs, the mud wraps and steam bath will rejuvenate your body and mind.
Tour operators of the Wine Country arrange wine tours for visitors. They provide pick up facilities from prominent hotel areas. If you have excess buck to spend, you can arrange for a private customized tour to the wine country. A typical wine tour includes visit to vineyards, wine tasting at the wineries and a picnic lunch.