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Discover the "je ne sais quoi" of Sonoma County,
the heart of the Wine Country. Where the coast meets rolling hills, vineyards, ranches, world class wines and restaurants.

To find out more about individual communities and relocate to the area, contact Keri today. 



Sonoma
Agua Caliente & Boyes Hot Springs
Glen Ellen



Santa Rosa
Windsor
Healdsburg



Petaluma & Penngrove
Rohnert Park
Sebastopol
Cotati



Sonoma Coast
Bodega Bay
Guernville & Russian River

View all of the Sonoma County Wineries

About Sonoma County
 
Early Development and Legendary Tales:

"Grapes were planted in Sonoma County at Fort Ross as early as 1812. Padre Jose Altimira planted several thousand grape vines at Mission San Francisco Solano in what is now the city of Sonoma, in southern Sonoma County. Cuttings from the Sonoma mission vineyards were carried throughout the northern California area to start new vineyards. By the time of the Bear Flag Revolt in Sonoma and the subsequent annexation of California by the United States in 1854, wine grapes were an established part of agriculture in the region. The vineyards of General Mariano Vallejo, military Governor of Mexican California and based in Sonoma, were producing an annual income of $20,000 at that time. The grape varietals planted would not be considered premium varietals today.

In 1855, a Hungarian named Agoston Haraszthy arrived in Sonoma Valley. Upon his arrival, he purchased the Salvador Vallejo vineyard, which he then renamed it Buena Vista. Commissioned in 1861 by the California legislature to study viticulture in Europe, he returned with more than 100,000 cuttings of premium grape varietals. Many of the immigrants to the area were Northern Italian or from other wine-growing regions of Europe. After the Civil War and before Prohibition, wineries such as Bundschu, Foppiano, Korbel, Simi, Gundlach, Quitzow and Sebastiani were established that still exist," according to The SonomaWineGrape.org website.

Agoston Haraszthy was a Hungarian-American traveler, writer, town-builder, and pioneer winemaker in Wisconsin and California, often referred to as the "Father of California Viticulture,"[4] or the "Father of Modern Winemaking in California". One of the first men to plant vineyards in Wisconsin, he was the founder of the local Buena Vista Winery  in Sonoma, California, and an early writer on California wine and viticulture.  Buena Vista winery still operates today and has been revitalized by Jean-Charles Boisset (also known as JCB) is a French vintner and the proprietor of the Boisset Collection. Under Boisset's leadership, the Boisset Collection operates 24 wineries in California, France, and Canada.  Boisset comes from a viticultural family. His father and mother founded a winery in Burgundy, France, in 1961. When a young Boisset visited Buena Vista Winery, in California, with his sister and grandparents, the 11 year old Boisset shared with his family that he wanted to live in America one day.  Boisset moved to California in the early nineties and purchased his first winery, Lyeth Estates and in 1999 he co-founded Domaine de la Vougeraie with his sister, Nathalie. In 2003, Boisset purchased DeLoach Vineyards in California's Russian River Valley AVA, followed by Raymond Vineyards, located in Napa Valley, California, in 2009 and Buena Vista Winery, located in Sonoma, California, in 2011.

Two challenges halted the wine industry at the turn of the 20th century with the arrival of phylloxera, a root disease that destroyed more than 80% of vineyards in the valley, and on January 16, 1920 the enactment of Prohibition that lasted for 14 years.  A handful of wineries that produced wine for religious sacrament were still able to operate, but other wineries were abandoned.

People didn't let the Prohibition stunt their creativity to enjoy wine, and it led to some underground practices to keep the culture alive. "Homeowners could make 'Wine Bricks,' which was a brick of concentrated grape juice – which was completely legal to produce – that consumers could dissolve in water and ferment in order make their own vino. But not every consumer knew how to make wine, so how did consumers know what to do? The instructions were printed directly on the packaging, but these instructions were masked as a warning of what not to do with the product. An ingenious way to get around the law," according to VinePair.  

" Bootlegging was the common but less-than-legal way to keep wineries open and making money. The Volstead Act allowed             individuals to buy a household permit to have 200 gallons of wine a year for personal use. Some permit holders would make wine, drive it to Sausalito and ferry it over into the bars of San Francisco. They would also bottle new wine and switch it out with bottles in their cellars, which were locked and routinely inspected by the government to make sure bottles did not go missing," according to the Napa Valley Register.

You can dine at a former Sonoma County Speakeasy at our  
local Italian restaurant in Petaluma, Volpi’s Ristorante & Bar
During Prohibition, this was an an illicit establishment that illegally sold alcoholic beverages, ranchers would bring their eggs and milk to town, and would stop at a little Italian grocery, hand over their shopping lists and then go to the back room for a bit of liquor lubrication. With old-fashioned Italian food served on red-checked tablecloths, the occasional accordion serenade by owners John and Sylvia Volpi, and strong drinks, it remains a comfy place for conviviality.

"The Paris Wine Tasting of 1976 — known as the Judgment of Paris — was a wine competition organized in Paris on 24 May 1976 by Steven Spurrier, a British wine merchant, in which French judges carried out two blind tasting comparisons: one of top-quality Chardonnays and another of red wines (Bordeaux wines from France and Cabernet Sauvignon wines from California)," recorded by the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution. Retrieved 5 August 2008. 

"A Californian wine rated best in each category, which caused surprise as France was generally regarded as being the foremost producer of the world's best wines. Spurrier sold only French wine and believed that the California wines would not win," Peterson, Thane. "The Day California Wines Came of Age: Much to France's Chagrin: a Blind Taste Test 25 Years Ago in Paris inadvertently launched California's fine wine industry" Business Week, 8 May 2001. Retrieved 19 July 2006.
The  Annual Day Under the Oak celebration, in May  presented by the Santa Rosa Junior College under Heritage Oak trees.  The celebration honors Native American traditions with Miwok and Pomo dance performances,  music numerous booths offer food, hands-on activities, displays, demonstrations, shows, and fun for the whole family.  check out a Planetarium show, hang out with animals at the Shone Farm Petting Zoo, get an introduction to available higher education courses, and more.  To learn more about the indigneous history and to participate in Present day Native American activities visit our local cultural resource
Suscol Intertribal Council.













History:
Sonoma , which translates to mean " Valley of the moon " or "Many Moons" from the indigenous people who were the first people who inhabited the area.  Many tribes migrated back and forth, but it was known to be the home of the Coast Miwok, Patwin (Suisun), Wappo.  Wintuns, and Miyakmahs  General Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo recorded the Native American phrase in an 1850 journal entry, and the phrase was also reported by Jack London , who was a local writer who also had a ranch within the rolling hills of  Glen Ellen .  What is often not accurately reported, is that the migration of indigenous people across the Americas occured for thousands of years. California history will share that it was once Alta California, and belonged to Mexico, but that is only part of the story.  First, there were the Native Americans who have lived in the West for thousands upon thousands of years (for some, dating back to approximately 17000 BC , and including some 500 plus soverign tribal nations).  We are still here and thriving members of society.  For more information about local Native Americans and activities, contact Suscol Intertribal Council .    

The first people of Mexico were many great nations.  The land which we share our Southern California border with, and refer to as Mexico, was infact at one time all indigenous land; just like the United States and Canada.  It wasn't until the Spanish arrived and conquered the land, and that the culture began to blend.  From 1521, the Spanish conquest of the Aztec empire incorporated the region into the Spanish Empire, with New Spain its colonial era name and Mexico City the center of colonial rule.  After a protracted struggle (1810–21) for independence, New Spain became the sovereign nation of Mexico, with the signing of the Treaty of Córdoba. A brief period of monarchy (1821–23), called the First Mexican Empire, was followed by the founding of the Republic of Mexico, established under a federal constitution in 1824.  Legal racial categories were eliminated, abolishing the system of castas.  Slavery was not abolished at independence in 1821 or with the constitution in 1824, but was eliminated in 1829. Mexico continues to be constituted as a federated republic, under the Mexican Constitution of 1917.

" La Frontera del Norte " of Sonoma was the  Mexican land grant  system that divided the land between (1823-1833) during the Mission period of time.  Sonoma followed the establishment of a pueblo and the division of most of the valley lands into the land grants dating to the late 1830s and early 1840s.   Sonoma was the first town to be planned and settled during the pre-statehood era in the territory north of San Francisco under Mexican rule. In 1835 General Mariano Vallejo was ordered by the Mexican government to lay out the town following accepted principles for building cities in New Spain. This included a large plaza with "houses arranged around facing inwards, there being streets extending from each side of the rectangle and carried outwards at each corner.

California did not become the 31st state of the United States until September 09, 1849, and at that time the Sonoma County was considered within the Territory of California's District of Sonoma. In 1850 counties were organized, Napa became one of the original counties of California. Tensions between the european settlers and Native Americans broke into war in 1850.  In 1856 to early 1900s, there was a forced removal of indigenous people from Sacramento, Napa and Sonoma County, and other parts of the Bay Area to relocate to Round Valley in Covelo.  There was a massacre of indigenous people and those who survived were forced to relocate to reservations or ranchos, to work as field laborers, servants for wealthy settlers, or slaves in California Missions.  Native Americans are still living among us today, some people still live on reservations, but many have conformed to live in mainstream society.  Suscol Intertribal council is dedicated to cultural preservation of all indigenous people globally, and they also offer 
resources to our Native American youth to be aware of present day successful Native American members who contribute to our community.


California Missions:
"Only 48 years after Columbus discovered the Americas for Europe, Francisco Vázquez de Coronado set out from Compostela, New Spain on February 23, 1540, at the head of a large expedition. Accompanied by 400 European men-at-arms (mostly Spaniards), 1,300 to 2,000 Mexican Indian allies, several Indian and African slaves, and four Franciscan monks, he traveled from Mexico through parts of the southwestern United States to present-day Kansas between 1540 and 1542.  Two years later on 27 June 1542, Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo set out from Navidad, Mexico and sailed up the coast of Baja California and into the region of Alta California. 

Mexico achieved independence in 1821, taking Alta California along with it, but the missions maintained authority over native neophytes and control of vast land holdings until the 1830s. At the peak of its development in 1832, the coastal mission system controlled an area equal to approximately one-sixth of Alta California. The Alta California government secularized the missions after the passage of the Mexican secularization act of 1833. This divided the mission lands into land grants, which became many of the Ranchos of California," according to Catholic historian, Zephyrin Engelhard, during the  Mexican secularization act of 1833.

"Although the stated goal of the missions was to convert the native peoples to christianity, the real goal was to acquire a source of cheap labor for the missions, presidios (forts), and later the pueblos and ranches. The missions were more working farms and factories than institutions for conversion from one faith to another. Each mission had two priests, one for spiritual teaching and the other for vocational instruction. The Indians learned to be carpenters, leatherworkers, smiths, masons, cheesemakers, farmhands, domestics. And while the labor demands made upon the Indians was felt by the missionaries to be no greater than those demanded of european peasants, the reality is the Indians were serfs in the fields and captives in the missions.

The native peoples did not thrive during the mission period and the death toll was exorbitant. In the brief span of 65 years of mission operation, extending from the first founding (1769) to the secularization on the missions (1834), 81,000 Indians were baptized in the missions, and 60,000 deaths were recorded. Causes for the high death rate varied. Foremost were the European diseases (smallpox, measles, diptheria) against which the Indians had no natural immunity. Additional causes include a diet high in carbohydrates, but low in vegetables and animal protein, working conditions, harsh life-styles imposed by the missionaries, and poor sanitation and health care,"  according to Cabrillo College Anthropology department.

Present Day Sonoma County :

As of the 2010 United States Census, its population was 483,878. Its county seat and largest city is Santa Rosa.  It is located to the north of Marin County and the south of Mendocino County. It is west of Napa County and Lake County.

Sonoma County comprises the Santa Rosa, CA Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the San Jose-San Francisco-Oakland, CA Combined Statistical Area. It is the northwestern county in the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area region.

Sonoma is the southwestern county and largest producer of California's Wine Country region, which also includes Napa, Mendocino, and Lake counties. It has 17 approved  American Viticultural Areas  and over 427 wineries . In 2002, Sonoma County ranked as the 32nd county in the United States in agricultural production.  

As early as 1920, Sonoma County was ranked as the eighth most agriculturally productive US county and a leading producer of hops, grapes, prunes, apples, and dairy and poultry products, largely due to the extent of available, fertile agricultural land in addition to the abundance of high quality irrigation water. More than 7.4 million tourists visit each year, spending more than $1 billion in 2006. Sonoma County is the home of Sonoma State University and Santa Rosa Junior College.

Sonoma County is home to several Native American tribes. By the 1830s, European settlement had set a new direction that would prove to radically alter the course of land use and resource management of this region. Sonoma County has rich 
agricultural land, largely divided between two nearly 
monocultural uses as of 2007: grapes and pasturage. The voters have twice approved open space initiativesthat have provided funding for public acquisition of natural areas, preserving forested areas, coastal habitat, and other open space.  Sonoma county is dedicated to sustainable practices, offers a high standard of living, clean air and and moderate mediterranean weather.
Tourism and hospitality are an integral part of the Sonoma County economy. The tourism industry is one of the largest, private employers in the county, with tourism employment comprising ten percent of the county total. (Source: Sonoma County Indicators, 2016, Abridged.) Government revenue in the form of taxes from tourism is almost $150 million per year. 

This revenue is used for things like parks, economic development, cultural and historical festivals and events, affordable housing and other uses. The Sonoma County Economic Development Board produces an excellent report on Transient Occupancy Tax, including where each government entity invests that money: Sonoma County TOT Reports.

TOT Assessment by City:
Sonoma County - 9%
Cloverdale - 10%
Healdsburg - 12%
Petaluma - 10%
Rohnert Park - 12%
Santa Rosa - 9%
Sebastopol - 10%
Sonoma - 10%
Windsor - 12%

Millions of visitors come to Sonoma County annually, and overnight visitors spend $389 per day, less than half of which is typically spent on lodging.

Where do they come from?
Roughly 90% of Sonoma County's visitors are domestic. The 10% of international visitors to Sonoma County mainly hail from Canada, Western Europe, Mexico, and Asia (Australia/NZ plus Japan and Korea.) 
Sonoma County, as is often the case with coastal counties in California, has a great degree of climatic variation and numerous, often very different, microclimates.  Key determining factors for local climate are proximity to the ocean, elevation, and the presence and elevation of hills or mountains to the east and west. This is in large part due to the fact that, as throughout California, the prevailing weather systems and wind come normally from the Pacific Ocean, blowing in from the west and southwest so that places closer to the ocean and on the windward side of higher elevations tend to receive more rain from autumn through spring and more summer wind and fog. This itself is partly a result of the presence of high and low pressures in inland California, with persistent high summer temperatures in the Central Valley, in particular, leading to low pressures, drawing in moist air from the Pacific, cooling into damp cool breezes and fog over the cold coastal water. Those places further inland and particularly in the lee of significant elevations tend to receive less rain and less, in some cases no, fog in the summer.

Rainfall: About 26.65" of rain per year, from October to March
Average maximum temperature in July: 83 to 100 degrees
Average minimum temperature in January: 37.8 degrees
Percent age 25 or older with Bachelor's degree or higher: 31%
Percent with graduate or professional degree: 8.5%
Mean travel time to work: 23.2 minutes
School District: Sonoma County Unified District
Number of colleges: 45 nearby, 15 community
Number of Zagat rated restaurants in Sonoma County:12
Number of Napa County: 427 Wineries spanning over 60,000 acres  


Government:
Sonoma City Mayor Rachel Hundley, Petaluma City Mayor, David Glass , Rohnert Park City Mayor, Jack Mackenzie , Santa Rosa City Mayor, John Sawyer Sebastopol City Mayor, Una Glass, Windsor City Mayor, Debora Fudge Healdsburg City Mayor, Shaun McCaffery , Cloverdale City Mayor, Augustine "Gus" Wolter , the  California State Legislature , Sonoma is in the 2nd Senate District, represented by Democrat  Mike McGuire , and there  two Assembly Districts for Sonoma County, one is the 10th Assembly District, which covers South Sonoma County and Marin County is represented by Democrat  Marc Levine , and the other is the 2nd Assembly District, which covers North Sonoma County, Mendocino County and Humboldt County is represented by Democrat  Jim Wood . In the United States House of Representatives, Sonoma is in California's 5th congressional district, represented by Democrat  Mike Thompson .


Transportation:
U.S. Route 101 is the westernmost Federal highway in the U.S.A. Running north/south through the states of California, Oregon, and Washington, it generally parallels the coastline from the Mexico–US border to the Canada–US border. Highway 101 links seven of the county's nine incorporated cities: Cloverdale to Petaluma.  

State Route 1, within Sonoma County, Highway 1 follows the coastline from the Mendocino County border, at the mouth of the Gualala River, to the Marin County border, at the Estero Americano (Americano Creek), east of Bodega Bay.

State Route 12 in Sonoma (Broadway), Highway 12 runs eastward from its intersection with Highway 116 in Sebastopol to Santa Rosa. There it turns south through the Valley of the Moon to Sonoma, then east into Napa County.  East of Santa Rosa, Highway 12 is also called Sonoma Highway; and east of Sonoma, Carneros Highway.

State Route 37, Highway 37 connects Highway 101 at Novato, in Marin County, with Interstate 80 in Vallejo, in Solano County, at the top of San Pablo Bay. Within Sonoma County, it is also called Sears Point Road.

State Route 116, Highway 116 is a winding, two-lane rural route that runs from Jenner, at the mouth of the Russian River on the coast, southeast to Arnold Drive near Sonoma. It is also called Guerneville Highway, between Guerneville and Forestville; Gravenstein Highway North, between Forestville and Sebastopol; and Gravenstein Highway South, between Sebastopol and Stony Point Road, west of Rohnert Park. East of Petaluma it is Lakeville Highway, then Stage Gulch Road.

State Route 121, Highway 121 is a two-lane rural route running from Highway 37 near Sears Point Raceway to Highway 128 in Lake Berryessa.

State Route 128, the northernmost section of Highway 128 is a two-lane rural route running southeast from Highway 101 at Geyserville, north of Healdsburg, through the Alexander Valley into Napa County.
Transportation:
Public transportation service for Sonoma County.  Explore the wonderful parks and trails of Sonoma County on transit!  In addition to providing service within the county, the SC Transit has extensive service throughout the county and has connections to other public transportation systems in the nearby counties.

Sonoma County Transit 
CityBus operates
within the city limits of Santa Rosa
Golden Gate Transit
 connects Santa Rosa and points south (with Marin County and San Francisco)
Mendocino Transit Authority 
runs north: 
(Santa Rosa to Ukiah and to the coast (via HW 12 to HWY 1)
Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit/SMART
Napa Valley Transportation Authority

Sonoma is served by the following airports:
Sonoma County Airport located North off HWY 101 in Santa Rosa
Napa County Airport located South off HWY 29 and HWY 12 East
Oakland International Airport , 80 miles to the South East
San Francisco International Airport  7 0 miles to the South West
Sacramento International Airport  100 miles to the North East 


(Information sourced from the Sonoma County Chamber of Commerce, Census information is current as 2015)

The 21st California Mission in Sonoma today:

A brutal colonization system that tore families apart, destroyed culture, murdered Native Americans, and all actions were justified under the name of the church.   A memorial outside Sonoma’s restored Mission bears the names of the native people who died there.

"Kanaye Nagasawa was born to the Samurai class in Japan. He was a very interesting man.. as a matter of fact, his name wasn't really Kanaye Nagasawa, it was Isonaga, Hikosuke Isonaga and he was one of the first eight Japanese in the United States. He arrived in America by the way of England and Scotland where he picked up a Scottish accent, which he kept the rest of his life.

Nagasawa met Thomas Lake Harris the founder of the Brotherhood of New Life in London in the 1860's and was one of four young Japanese men who followed Harris back to his colony in upstate New York. The four young men had been part of a group of fifteen students who were literally smuggled out of their homes in Satsuma, by the leader of the clan. He had chosen them because they were the brightest students and he wanted them to go to Europe to learn the ways of the western world. This move had been expressly forbidden by the Emperor.

It was 1865 when the young men were smuggled out of the Kagoshima harbor, taken to Hong Kong, had their hair cut, bought western clothes and changed their name. It was then that Hikosuke Isonaga, son of a wealthy Confucian scholar, stone carver and astronomer became for the rest of his life Kanaye Nagasawa," according to the website http://ci.santa-rosa.ca.us/visitors .





























John Grider's Century: African-Americans in Solano, Napa and Sonoma Counties from 1845 to 1925


"Local resident and historian, Sharon McGriff-Payne, said she found her retirement mission while researching the life of John Grider, a black pioneer who was a member of the Bear Flag Revolt.  He was born a slave and died a local hero.  Grider was one of at least seven African Americans present at this formative event that helped shape California statehood, died as he had lived – quietly and without fanfare, at the age of 98 years old.

Grider was a Teamster and drove to Napa County farms to haul commodities and supplies to and from those farms," she said in an interview. "However, an 1860s article noted Grider had come in contact with four African-American slaves working on a Napa County farm.

The Napa African-American community held a big celebration when the 15th Amendment was ratified. This celebration of African-American men’s suffrage included gun and a cannon salute.”

The county's first black man to register to vote was Frederick Sparrow -- a Napa barber. African-American men dominated this profession in Napa's pioneer period, she said", according to the Napa Valley Register article interview of author Sharon McGriff-Payne.
The idea of establishing an Orthodox Church in the Santa Rosa area began to take shape in the early 1930’s as increasing numbers of Russians were moving north from San Francisco into the small town and rural life of Sonoma County. There were also Orthodox of other nationalities, notably Greeks and Serbs who were part of this movement. These Russians, who came to make up the bulk of the parish, were mostly persons displaced by the Communist Revolution of 1917 and the subsequent turmoil of Russian life.

The movement to build a church was fueled by a group of about twenty families. Under the leadership of Fr. Michael Pelzig, who arrived in Santa Rosa in 1936, the movement to get parish life underway gained momentum. Monies had been collected for the purpose of building a church as early as October 1934. But it was in February 1936, on land donated for the purpose that building began. The temple was rough finished by April 1936.

In 1950 the first church hall was built, which in 1968 was replaced by a second and a third again in 2011. The Rectory was built in 1954. By the early 1990’s the parish had grown enough to necessitate the building of a new church to accommodate the larger congregation. The construction of the new church of St. Seraphim of Sarov was completed in 1996. The magnificent new temple is adorned with numerous icons and fresco paintings.

The parish today is a microcosm of Orthodoxy in America, with her members coming from many different ethnic traditions: Greek, Arabic, Romanian, Serbian, Macedonian, Eritrean, and Americans from all walks of life. The parish has also been blessed with many converts, who find in the one Holy Apostolic Church the fullness and purity of the Christian faith.
Things to look forward to in 2017 and the future: 

There are several developments that will change the landscape of Sonoma County beginning in the Spring of 2017 and in the future.  The Housing Land Trust of Sonoma County announced $4 Million of HUD affordable housing vouchers to develop New affordable homes in Sonoma County, progress continues on SMART,   Hugh Futtrell purchased the Empire Building in the Santa Rosa Historic Old Court House Square and plans to renovate the building into a boutique hotel, and the Sonoma County Airport added flights to Phoenix, check out the Sonoma Raceway schedule, the Annual Amgen Bike Tour ,  to name a few.