Wine Enthusiast

ARTICLE | September 26, 2017

5 Places to Visit in the Sonoma Valley

This valley’s nickname comes from Native American legend.  Beneath the Mayacamas Mountains, with the sweet town of Glen Ellen at its heart, the valley’s vineyards favor hearty red varieties like Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon. A well-loved hiking and biking destination, Sonoma Valley offers several state and county parks.



Jack London State Historic Park

The adventurous author’s home and other historic buildings are open for visits. In addition, this park is spectacular for hiking, biking and horseback riding. In summer, come for the Broadway Under the Stars performances in the ruins.



Gundlach Bundschu Winery

Family owned for six generations, this historic property is making some of its best estate wines ever, from Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot to Gewürztraminer. It often hosts live music events.



Fremont Diner

Gourmet and greasy-spoon don’t often run in the same circles, but at this oft-crowded roadside eatery, Southern-inspired, Sonoma-style fare (including biscuits, pie and small-batch brews) never tasted so good.


Carneros Brewing Company/ Ceja Vineyards

Longtime grape growers and vintners, the Ceja family have a wine-tasting room as well as a taproom and beer garden trellised in hops, where they share their lineup of microbrews.



Donum Estate

Offering some of the finest estate-grown Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in the appellation, Donum also features astounding outdoor sculptures created by artists like Keith Haring and Ai Weiwei.

*Photos by Meg Baggott

An Introduction to All That is Sonoma>>

More Articles

An Introduction to Paso Robles/SLO Coast
From the wooded hiking trails of Paso Robles to the smashing surf of Pismo...
Learn More
An Introduction to Mendocino and Lake Counties
The two most rugged, remote and uncrowded wine regions in California...
Learn More
Your Napa Valley Winery Guide, Part One
The Napa Valley is just 30 miles long and a handful...
Learn More