Sonoma Valley Wine History

Although there are numerous reasons to enjoy Sonoma Valley, wine is unquestionably the main draw. And with good reason: Sonoma Valley produces some of the most esteemed wines in North America, and the caliber of the regional cuisine elevates the wines to a higher level. Sonoma Valley also referred to as “The Valley of the Moon,” is renowned for its natural beauty, which makes it an ideal location for wine cultivation.

A must-visit location for history fans, who will savor the region’s pioneering past as the cradle of the California wine industry, is the valley due to its winemaking heritage.

  • 1817 Russian Colonists cultivated the first grapes at Fort Ross, Sonoma Coast.

    Although some wine grapes were produced before Prohibition and the first wine grapes in Sonoma County were planted by the Russians at Fort Ross in 1817 using Peruvian grape cuttings, Michael Bohan marked the
  • 1823 Several thousand vines were cultivated by the Spanish Franciscan Father Jose Altamira (Sonoma Mission).

    At the San Francisco Solano mission, crops were low before thousands of vines were planted there in 1823 by the Spanish Franciscan father Jose Altamira. The wine was used by the padres for pious
  • 1824 The first grapevines were planted at Mission San Francisco de Solano

    The first grapevines were cultivated at Mission San Francisco de Solano in 1824, and George Yount obtained his vines from that vineyard a few years later to plant in the Napa Valley. General Mariano

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