"If you have a rental car, head to Sonoma" Wine Country Tip by mydreamquest

Wine Country, San Francisco: 23 reviews and 26 photos


About a good one hour or longer drive from Downtown San Francisco is Sonoma, a city in the heart the Northern California Wine Region.

There are many ways to get there from San Francisco. You can take Highway 101 across the Golden Gate Bridge and follow the signs to Napa or Sonoma.

I recommend the longer more scenic drive where you take Highway 80 East (Towards Sacramento). About 30-40 miles on this drive, you will enter the city of Fairfield, follow the sign that tells you to go onto Highway 12.

Take Highway 12 and eventually, you will get to this City Hall in Sonoma, a quaint, friendly, lively town more down to earth making you feel far away from the busy San Francisco Bay Area hustle and bustle.

I took this picture yesterday night (May 23, 2005). Prior to getting here, I passed by at least 15 wineries. The country roads on highway 12 are windy and breathtaking if you love pastoral valleys engulfed by hot early Californian summer sunlight and hills that go up and down with vineyards with small Mountains looming in the background.

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  • Written May 24, 2005
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