When you are traveling through Northern California, there are so many amazing wine regions to visit along the way. This includes the beautiful and prominent wine country of Northern Sonoma which are home to some incredible wines. Throughout this region there are a mix of well-known wineries and some hidden gems that all produce some noteworthy and award winning wine.
While these wineries are only about an hour or so from the ever popular Napa tourist destination, the Healdsburg wineries and Russian River wineries give for a very different experience.
The various American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) in the regions of Sonoma are very different than the AVAs in the Napa Valley region due to climate. Therefore, you can find distinct wines and varietals that grow exceptionally well in Sonoma. For example, Russian River wineries in the Russian River AVA are known for producing incredible Chardonnay and Pinot Noir due to the proximity it has to the Sonoma coastline. Some of the most famous Napa wineries will purchase their grapes from this region to ensure their wines are of top quality.
While the Russian River AVA is very popular in the area, there are also some other incredible AVAs in this region that meet in the Healdsburg area, including the well-known Dry Creek AVA. Dry Creek has become the state’s top producer in Zinfandel while Sauvignon Blanc has become their most important white varietal.
Visiting the charming town of Healdsburg and all that the downtown has to offer, from boutiques, to wine, art, and more, is definitely something we recommend! There are some phenomenal Healdsburg wineries and Russian River Wineries to visit while you are in Sonoma County. With over 400 to choose from in the entire region of Sonoma County, the list is quite long, check the full selection here!
We hope this information about the beautiful region of Northern Sonoma will move you to visit these areas for great wine, a relaxing getaway, and all that wine country has to offer!  Cheers friends!