Birds eye view of the yellow autumn vineyards at Wilson Winery in Dry Creek Valley
Wilson Winery in Dry Creek Valley AVA

Best Harvest Activities in Sonoma County

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Autumn is a magical time in Sonoma Wine Country - the culmination of the year-long growing process. The vineyards turn from green to gold to red, providing fall foliage that rivals New England. Fall means the days are mild to hot, but cool nights prevail. Winegrapes are harvested, crushed (more of a gentle press), and loaded into tanks to start the fermentation process.

Zinfandel grapes hang on a vine with red-orange leaves in Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County
ZO Wines in Dry Creek Valley AVA

Harvest Tours & Tastings

To truly experience the beauty and complexity of Sonoma Wine Country in autumn, consider the Sonoma County Vineyard Adventures  program, offering free, self-guided vineyard tours at Sonoma County wineries. Learn about sustainable grape-growing practices, what goes on in a vineyard during the year, and other interesting tidbits of information.

The vineyard tours are short in length - not more than a mile - and are created for all ages to enjoy. After the walks, you can taste wines from the vineyards. There is no charge for the vineyard tour, but each winery may charge tasting fees.

Harvest Dining

And fall in Sonoma County is not just about the vineyards and grapes. With the countywide emphasis on farm-to-table eating, restaurants revise their menus to reflect the harvest of autumn vegetables.

Harvest Events & Festivals

A line up of top wines at Taste of Sonoma in Sonoma County
Taste of Sonoma

Harvest also serves up scrumptious events like Taste of Sonoma and Healdsburg Crush. The evenings cool down and the music heats up at fun events like the Old Grove Festival in Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve.

Other autumn activities include Sonoma County Art TrailsWeekend Along the Farm Trails, and the Fort Ross Harvest Festival.Wine is the star at Wine Road's A Wine and Food Affair and the Sonoma County Harvest Fair.

For even more autumn options, check our Sonoma County Calendar of Events for current dates and information.

Get a free visitors guide and map to help you plan your fall harvest activities, and check our listings of travel and lodging deals.