Cheers to visiting Sonoma Wine Country during the holiday season: Wineries are hosting open houses, gingerbread displays, and special tastings to create the perfect way to celebrate.
Find more holiday activities and events at www.sonomacounty.com/blog/sonoma-county-holiday-events-2016. For that hometown flavor, go to a tree lighting or holiday parade, www.sonomacounty.com/blog/light-your-holidays-sonoma-county.
Take in a holiday performance, concert, or see one of several renditions of The Nutcracker, www.sonomacounty.com/blog/sonoma-county-offers-holiday-concerts-performances-nutcracker.
Stock up on artist- and artisan-made gifts found in many craft fairs around the area, www.sonomacounty.com/blog/shop-sonoma-county-holiday-craft-fairs. Visit a tree farm to get a freshly cut Christmas tree, http://www.sonomacounty.com/blog/pick-your-own-christmas-tree-sonoma-county.
Sonoma County is located just 30 miles north of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge. To order a free visitors guide or information on hotels, wineries, events, spas, attractions, and dining in Sonoma County, visit www.sonomacounty.com or call 800-576-6662.
Alexander Valley Open House
Alexander Valley Wineries
Join eight wineries in beautiful Alexander Valley for a day of award-winning wines, food and wine pairings, festive fare, shopping for unique wine country gifts, and big holiday discounts! Participating wineries: Alexander Valley Vineyards, Fieldstone, Hanna, Medlock Ames, White Oak, Stuhlmuller, Soda Rock, and deLorimier.
Sonoma Valley Holiday Open House
Various Winery Locations
The Heart of Sonoma Valley Association’s 31st Annual Holiday Open House presents 26 wineries throughout Sonoma Valley. Enjoy wine tastings, meet winemakers, mingle in caves and cellars, stock up on your favorite wines for the holidays, pick up holiday gifts for your friends and family, and relish in wine country holiday cheer!
Scandinavian Christmas with West Wines
1000 Dry Creek Road
Enjoy Swedish Christmas traditions like Swedish Glogg, cookies, and holiday decorations. Glogg is a red wine spiced with cinnamon, cloves, orange rind and raisins, which simmers for hours.
Korbel Holiday Shopping Weekend
13250 River Road
Do some early Christmas shopping and to stock up on bubbly for the holidays! Take advantage of special sales. On the Saturday and Sunday, Christmas Carolers will be ringing in the season from 1:00-3:00 p.m. and Santa Claus will make a special appearance from 2:30-4:00 p.m.
Sonoma Valley Wineries Gingerbread Contest
Pick up a map and a ballot at any participating winery and vote for your favorite gingerbread creation. Each time you cast a ballot, you’ll be entered into a raffle to win a case of fabulous Sonoma Valley wines.
Christmas at Jordan
1474 Alexander Valley Road
Jordan Winery’s most festive walk-around tasting event, Christmas at Jordan features a new party theme each year and showcases current vintages of Jordan Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon, as well as rare big bottles from their cellar, their chef’s inventive cuisine, delicacies from premier food purveyors, entertainment and other surprises.
Bacchus Holiday Bazaar
Gundlach Bundschu Winery
2000 Denmark Street
Shop for unique holiday gifts at this Bavarian-inspired Christmas market in the Old Redwood Barn at Gundlach Bundschu Winery. Wines by the glass and snacks from a food truck partner will be available for purchase. Help support the gift-giving season by taking a toy for the annual Toy Drive.
Tis the Season Holiday Celebration
Matanzas Creek Winery
6097 Bennett Valley Road
Welcome the holiday season with Matanzas Creek Winery, tasting new releases accompanied with small bites, listening to festive holiday music, and shopping for fabulous gifts from the Matanzas Creek Mercantile. They have beautiful holiday packages and gift baskets created those who embrace wine, food and, of course, lavender! Special discounts will be available this weekend only!
Holiday Crab Feed
Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards
23555 Carneros Highway 121
Kick off the crab season right at Gloria Ferrer’s Annual Holiday Crab Feed. Enjoy a causal and fun evening while you dive into some fresh crab with your neighbor while sipping on award-winning sparkling and estate varietal wines.