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The Wine Country is largely centred in the Napa and in the Sonoma valleys, two warm and sunny regions, north of San Francisco. The wineries and the look-alike Mediterranean countryside are the great travel attractions.
WHAT TO VISIT IN THE WINE COUNTRY
Wine Country Map
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Napa Valley and Sonoma Valley - and its wineries - are the two major references in the Wine Country. These hills and valleys region is just an hour drive north of San Francisco.
Sonoma (in Sonoma Valley) and Yountville, St Helena and Calistoga (in Napa Valley) are the main small towns of the region.
BEST TIME TO TRAVEL TO THE WINE COUNTRY
The most popular season to visit the Wine Country is Summer and Fall. Summer is a crowded period, especially during weekends. The hot days are an invitation to the tasting rooms of Napa and Sonoma Valley wineries.
Fall is the harvest time in the wine country, and it’s a busy time at the wineries. Temperatures and the weather in this period are agreeable, which turn it into a crowded season.
Winter is the off-season period, and Spring a nice time in the countryside - and a very good time option to visit the wineries without big crowds around.
Fall and mid and late Spring months bring the best weather conditions.
WHEN NOT TO GO TO THE WINE COUNTRY
Napa and Sonoma have an agreeable year-round weather, and any time is good to visit the wineries, the countryside and the tasting rooms of the wineries or to enjoy the restaurants of Napa and Sonoma valleys.
To avoid crowds and benefit from better accommodation prices you should visit the Country Wine in an off-season period. Summer and Fall are crowded periods.
WINE COUNTRY Weather Map
For details on weather, see:
San Francisco Weather Map
For information on wine events, education, etc., see Wine World 2000
HOTELS AND FLIGHTS TO THE WINE COUNTRY
St Helena, Sonoma, Yontville, or Calistoga offer reasonable accommodation options. Santa Rosa is another alternative, if you are looking for a wider option...
The Country Wine region is served by Santa Rosa and San Francisco Airports.