What’s the best time to visit Sonoma?

Marcy Gordon

It sounds cliché to say it’s never a bad time to visit Sonoma, but honestly, it’s true. Mild winters and moderate summer temperatures make wine country a year round destination.

Winters do tend to be on the rainy side, yet make it all the better to linger around a fireplace with a glass of hearty red wine. Spring is alive with new shoots on the vines and it’s especially beautiful along the coast. Summer brings long days, great for hiking and biking and the farmers markets are at their best with an abundance of seasonal fruits and vegetables.

My favorite time is September through November, when harvest in full swing and the weather is at the peak of perfect with warm days, cool nights, and a handful of hot days in the inland valleys. The vineyards are full of fruit and activity is high. And the best month of all in my opinion is October.

The holidays are also wonderful as many wineries are decorated, there are loads of seasonal events and the summertime crowds have thinned out.

Basically, the best time to visit Sonoma is anytime you are ready.