I love the Sonoma wine country any time of year but I have decided that fall is my favorite time to see the vineyards. Spring is also a great time of year when the mustard grass is in full bloom but there is nothing like driving through Sonoma when the fall colors are out. Even though crush season is over, you can still find grapes on the vine.
Even from the car while we were whipping around the vineyards at warped speed, we got some pretty nice shots of the country (albeit sometimes blurry shots!) The region just seemed to keep showing off at every turn.
We even discovered an olive tree farm that happened to be open that day. http://www.olivetreefarm.com/This farm houses variations of olives trees, both fruit producing and ornamental, and also offers olive trees to be rented out for events. I haven’t heard of that one before but they are lovely so why not?! The Olive Tree Farm also offers landscaping services, and can produce gorgeous patio covers and outdoor bars that would make you want to entertain outside every weekend. I love unexpected finds while traveling aimlessly.
I wanted to hang out there all day! You can truly find a slice of the Mediterranean in Sonoma. You don’t even have to look very hard.
Have you ever seen a more rockin’ tree house?
After driving around the country and the vineyards, downtown Sonoma is a great place to have dinner and watch the sun go down.
Some wineries to check out in the area:
Valley of the Moon- http://www.valleyofthemoonwinery.com-Located in Glen Ellen, this award winner has some nice Pinot’s and Cabs among other greats. Besides the great wines, their black bottles are pretty groovy.
Viansa Winery & Vineyards-www.viansa.com-Located in Sonoma, this winery is a stunner.This is Italy meets California, having kept it’s Italian roots in both their tasting villa & marketplace, and their great wines. My favorite of theirs, the Piccolo Sangiovese won the Silver Medal in the 2010 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.
Nicholson Ranch-www.nicholsonranch.com-This ranch and vineyard is simply beautiful and elegant. It’s a gorgeous setting for a wedding or other event and their wines have been continuous award winners.
* I also want to point out that the wineries should not be missed during the holidays. They are decorated beautifully and there are many discounts and specials to be found on wines that you may not be able to find in the stores. Not all wineries mass produce to large markets and some of the best ones are only found at the wineries themselves or online where you will pay a hefty shipping charge. If possible, enjoy the ride out there and pick up something to bring in your holiday cheer.
*More photos can be seen on my Flickr photostream. (Right>)
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