5 Places to Visit in the Sonoma Valley

Estate-grown wine abounds, but also quench your thirst with a microbrew, visit a gourmet diner, and explore the spectacular Jack London State Historic Park.
Photo by Meg Baggott

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.

Sonoma Valley Map

Sonoma Valley map

5 Places to Visit in Sonoma Valley

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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Published on May 24, 2017
Topics: California
About the Author
Virginie Boone
Contributing Editor

Reviews wines from California.

Contributing Editor Virginie Boone has been with Wine Enthusiast since 2010, and reviews the wines of Napa and Sonoma. Boone began her writing career with Lonely Planet travel guides, which eventually led to California-focused wine coverage. She contributes to the Santa Rosa Press Democrat and Sonoma Magazine, and is a regular panelist and speaker on wine topics in California and beyond. Email: vboone@wineenthusiast.net


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