Sonoma is bordered by the Pacific Ocean, which has very cold winds that bring fog in each morning and evening. The temperatures and cloud cover are excellent conditions for growing Pinot Noir.
A little inland is the Healdsburg area where there is a dry river bed beneath the soil. Zinfandel vines thrive in this soil. There are vines of other varietals in the area including Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, but the fame is Pinot Noir and Zinfandel.
The vibe of Sonoma is ideal for those looking to explore nature, discover family-owned wineries, and experience a historic region that can allows for a peaceful getaway. Sonoma’s small towns offer charm and its endless coast will create a memorable journey unlike anywhere else.
Napa is protected on both sides by mountain ranges. The whole valley is 35 miles long, running north and south, and one to five miles wide at any given point. Carneros is exposed to the cold winds and fog of the Pacific, so they produce mostly Pinot Noir. As you travel north, away from the bay, the temperatures are much higher.
The temperature between southern and northern Napa can be up to 30 degrees in variance. Cabernet Sauvignon and the other 4 varietals of the Bordeaux region of France are better suited to be grown in longer days of extreme heat. No rains fall in the summer in either region, so most of the farming is dry. The world class Cabernet Sauvignon is what has made Napa famous. Of course, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and lesser known varietals are also planted.
Napa Valley is a must for anyone that appreciates amazing wine, great food, and the ultimate wine country adventure.
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