Last month I was able to visit Sonoma County and still have not stopped thinking about this trip — nor have my girlfriends. I had about 15 text messages between our group of friends already planning a girls trip next spring. With that being said, if you’re looking for a girls getaway or a romantic weekend with your loved one, you may want to consider Sonoma County. It has 18 unique regions, and more than 60 grape varieties thrive there. Each growing regions and every vineyard is distinctive, with climate, soils, and site creating unique characteristics.
Sonoma County Wine Month is this month and we were told the foliage is incredible, so now might just be the best time to head out there for a little fall getaway. Below, I listed out the vineyards we visited and a few packing tips to keep in mind while you’re traveling.
If you aren’t able to make it out to enjoy the charm of Sonoma County in person, I’m sharing several ways to get a bottle of these Sonoma County wines shipped directly to your door or where to find them in a store near you.
Cheers! xx Ashley
VINYARDS TO VISIT
We spent the first day touring this vineyard and learning about the process of growing the grapes and all that goes into maintaining a vineyard. We were able to tour the property in open air jeeps, which was honestly incredible. I highly recommend using this company if you are planning a trip to Sonoma County.
During our time at Frei Brothers, we drank their Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon and even participated in a grape stomp. All I could think about was that episode on I Love Lucy and that hilarious YouTube video that Austin kept sending me during our trip. It was truly the highlight of my week and an experience I’ll never forget. Highly recommend stopping by this gorgeous vineyard on your next trip!
The MacMurray Estate was incredibly beautiful. We got to meet with the Kate MacMurray and hear about the history behind the estate. During the evening we drank their Russian River Valley Pinot Noir, which was incredibly smooth and delicious. My favorite part of this evening was the winemaking class and we were able to make our very own Pinot Noir Blend. Kate sat next to me during the class and let’s just say I asked her a lot of questions.
We also had the opportunity to dine with the Bear Flag team later that evening and tried several different options from Bear Flag. If you have not tried the Bear Flag Zinfandel, I highly recommend it.
The Francis Ford Coppola Winery is the ultimate resort destination. Austin and I have had Coppola wines before and it was really neat to be at the place where all the magic happens. I could have easily spent the entire day here (or two!). From wine tasting to the amazing swimming pool, there’s plenty to do. During our time here we walked through their on-site garden and helped Chef Tim Bodell gather ingredients for the lunch (farm to table at it’s finest). We also had some time to enjoy the pool and of course the Sofia Mini Blanc de Blancs sparkling wine (one of my favorites). If you like a good Cabernet Sauvignon, I really enjoyed the Directors Cut. If you visit Sonoma County, you have to plan a day trip here.
WHAT TO PACK
Here are a few of the outfits I brought for our stay in Sonoma County. If you are heading to Francis Ford Coppola Winery, don’t forget your swimsuit! Things to keep in mind: mornings and nights are chilly. Pack layers and one or two jackets. I just brought my Denim Jacket and it was perfect for morning and night.
photos by Ashlee Green Matteri
This experience was created in partnership with Sonoma County Vintners . All opinions are my own!