When is the best time of year to visit Sonoma County Wine Country?

Mustard Season in Dry Creek Valley

No matter the season, Sonoma County wine country offers something truly special all year round. In Sonoma County, you will find unmatched diversity with 18 distinct American Viticulture Areas (AVAs). Due to the diversity of wines in Sonoma County, you can sip of variety of types of wine in each wine region.

Seasons in Wine Country

Sonoma County’s magic unfolds throughout the year with each season offering something truly special and unique. Whether you are visiting Sonoma County in the Winter, Spring, Summer, or Fall, book through us at Windsor Wine Tours! We will help custom tailor an unforgettable experience for you in Sonoma County whether you are visiting Windsor, Healdsburg, Santa Rosa, Sebastopol, Guerneville, Geyserville, or the town of Sonoma. If you already have your favorite wineries booked, we can to follow your pre-planned itinerary as well.


Many people love visiting Sonoma County in the winter for many reasons. You can snuggle up near the fireplace with a glass of your favorite wine and experience mustard season in late winter. In addition, there will fewer crowds, so you can enjoy intimate tastings and soak in the charm of Sonoma County. Sonoma County offers a more intimate feel and the tasting fees tend to be more reasonable compared to Napa Valley.

Many hotels, wineries, and wine tour companies have winter deals. Therefore, your vacation in wine country will also be more affordable! Also, if you fly with American Airlines in and out of Charles Shultz Sonoma County Airport you can fly with up to a case of wine for free!

Lastly, the winter brings several events where you can enjoy amazing food and wine! Visit Northern Sonoma County to celebrate Wine Winterland. You can also visit during Sonoma County Restaurant week and sample some of the amazing cuisine at Sonoma Counties top eateries.

Zinfandel WIneries In Dry Creek AVA


Spring is an excellent time to visit Sonoma County wine country as well. This is the time of year when everything is turning green and the flowers are blooming. It’s a perfect time to spend the day wine tasting outdoors and take in the beautiful lush vineyard views. You can also take a hot air balloon ride or go kayaking on the Russian River. Also, you can go hiking at Jack London State Park or go hiking along the Sonoma Coast.

With so many wineries being by appointment only and booking up quickly, it’s important to plan ahead. That being said, if you are someone that wants more spontenaity in your life, there are several amazing wineries that accept walk-ins. Smith Story Wines is a small family owned winery at Bacchus Landing in Healdsburg, very close to downtown Healdsburg. Smith Story Wines offers a variety of wines from Sonoma County and Anderson Valley, you are sure to find something that you and your group will love at their beautiful tasting room. Please reach out to us at Windsor Wine Tours if you would like to know places that accept walk-ins. It is also important to book wine tour transportation in advance as well to safely get around wine country with someone that is licensed and insured.

Bud break also happens in spring and is incredible to witness. Spring brings exclusive barrel tastings so you get a sneak peak at future vintages. There is the annual Barrel Tasting that is a fun and exciting event to go to and a chance to discover new wineries that you haven’t visited before. In addition, there is the Passport to Dry Creek! Sip amazing wines in the Dry Creek Valley and discover the many hidden gems that this valley has!


This time of year basks in sunshine, and it is such a beautiful time of year to visit Sonoma County wine country. You can experience poolside sips, enjoy a spa day, and enjoy the vibrant sunsets. You can also enjoy vineyard strolls amongst the vines. It’s a great time of year to book a Sonoma County wine tour because the vineyards views are truly breathtaking. This is a great time of year to enjoy outdoor activities. You can go hiking on the Sonoma Coast, go kayaking in the Russian River, or go ziplining through the Redwoods.

It’s also a fun time to go shopping, take a hot air balloon ride, and go kayaking or hiking. The summer is a perfect time to plan a picnic at a winery or visit the Sonoma Coast. Many people also love floating down the Russian River and the many events that happen during the summer months. Some of these events include the Grand Crush Cru Summer Open House and Marketplace and the Taste of Sonoma!



Harvest happens during the fall and is such an exciting and exhilerating time to visit Sonoma County! Visiting during this time of year allows you a glimpse into the winemaking process. You will also feel the vibrant energy that is in the air, the changing colors of the leaves, and vibrant festivals.  This time of year brings harvest events and exclusive wine experiences. Many of our guests find that they love visiting during this time of year. We couldn’t agree more that this is an excellent time to visit Sonoma County wine country!

Fall brings crisp air and stunning vineyard views of the golden hues in Sonoma County. It’s a beautiful time of year to stroll through the vineyards and sip amazing wine and visit the Sonoma Coast to witness breathtaking sunsets.

It’s a perfect time to also go hiking and enjoy the beauty of Sonoma County. The fall has lots of events such as the Healdsburg Crush and is an exciting time to visit.


Start Planning your trip to Sonoma County wine country

Once you have decided what season you would like to visit Sonoma County, visit Windsor Wine Tours! We will custom-tailor your wine tour in Sonoma County so you have an unforgettable trip with amazing memories that will last a lifetime!

We provide Healdsburg Wine Tours, Alexander Valley Wine Tours, Dry Creek Valley Wine Tours, Sebastopol Wine Tours, Russian River Valley Wine Tours, and Sonoma Valley Wine Tours. Wherever you are staying in Sonoma County, we can provide an amazing wine tour experience for you!

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