Valleys & Vineyards

See how Sonoma County’s valleys and vineyards offer beauty and bounty, as neat rows of vineyards, lush pasturelands, charming small towns, and bustling cities nestle against a backdrop of rolling hills.

In northern Sonoma County, the towns of Cloverdale, Geyserville, and Healdsburg sit in the Dry Creek and Alexander Valleys – just two of Sonoma County’s 18 distinctive American Viticultural Areas, or wine regions.

To the east, the lush and fertile Sonoma Valley cradles Kenwood, Glen Ellen, and Sonoma, as well as historic sites and five distinct wine regions.

The Santa Rosa Plain spreads north to south down the county’s center, surrounded by hills and holding the cities and towns of Windsor, Santa Rosa, Cotati, Rohnert Park, Penngrove, Graton, Sebastopol, and Petaluma, and the farming community of Valley Ford. Life opens up as you follow two-lane roadways from one valley to the next, discovering gorgeous vistas, exploring parks and open spaces, and experiencing small communities with distinct personalities.

Together, we can protect and preserve the beauty and natural resources of Sonoma County for generations to come. Check out our page on Sustainable Travel, and look over the Leave No Trace Seven Principles.

Trip Ideas

Spa & Wellness

Sonoma County may be world-famous for its wines, but it’s also a popular destination for wellness activities. From Zen-inducing hotels, spas and hikes to nourishing meals from local restaurants, there’s something for every stressed-out soul…


Sonoma County has dozens of picturesque hiking trails, and encouraging responsible recreation is key to protecting these outdoor spaces – and maintaining a positive visitor experience. Sonoma County’s Leave No Trace Seven Principles offer excellent guidelines…


USA Today has announced its annual 10Best Readers’ Choice travel awards, highlighting “the best of the best” in the U.S. in categories such as food and drink, hotels and things to do. In 2022, 10…


Healdsburg continues its streak as one of the hottest destinations in Wine Country. In a recently published article, luxury travel magazine Condé Nast Traveler (CNT) called it “Sonoma County’s most charming town” and listed the best places to…


In the rich farmland of lush Sonoma County, the apple variety of choice is often the humble Gravenstein. Ripening in late July, Gravs—as they are affectionately known —are one of North America’s earliest apples on…


Making your holiday gift-shopping list? If you want to focus on products that are sustainably made, fair trade, and/or locally hand-crafted with a minimum of impact on the environment, Sonoma County has you covered! Here…

Food & Wine

People from all over the world are drawn to the world-class destination that is Sonoma County. Many of them come for the wine! For these visitors, we highlight four local inns that have wine-lover appeal:…

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