Spring is just about upon us here in Sonoma County. The weather is getting warmer, the grass is green and lush, and the smell of fresh earth is in the air. Vineyards are waking from dormancy to the bright yellows of mustard, fresh white of chamomile, and vibrant pinks of cherry blossoms. Though we love every season in Sonoma, there is something to be said for the natural breathtaking beauty of spring in wine country.
So how are you going to enjoy all this delicious gorgeousness that is springtime in Sonoma? We have a few suggestions below!
Romp in a sea of wildflowers
There is no shortage of gorgeous flora and fauna in the valley this time of year. A drive down Highway 12 provides many opportunities for pulling over to properly appreciate all that is in bloom!
Spring is still a relatively quiet time in Sonoma before the boom of summer and harvest, making it a great time to taste wine. Learn and taste from the makers themselves, many of whom may be at the winery for bottling, monitoring budbreak, and so much more! Spring also brings Wine Road Barrel Tasting, where attendees get an exclusive taste of some of the best wines of 2020 before they’re available in stores.
Take a food tour
As we transition from winter ingredients to spring’s bounty of fresh new flavors, Sonoma has many opportunities to taste what’s new. Enjoy many festivals throughout the season, including the Artisan Cheese Festival, Cloverdale's Citrus Fair, Sebastopol’s Apple Blossom Festival, and Petaluma's Butter and Egg Days Parade.
Recurring Spring Events
Plan your weekly schedule with these events in mind, which are recurring, making it easy to experience each one at least once!
- Recurring Weekly on Sunday (12-2pm) Brunch & Blues – TIPS Roadside and great local music.
- First Friday of each month The Epicurean Connection hosts a hands on cheese making class at Cooks Vineyard Management. Topics change monthly.
- Recurring Tuesday nights, Weekly Ping Pong Tournaments at Palooza Brewery.
- Ramen at Suite D through March, recurring weekly on Wednesday nights starting at 5PM.
Go up, up and away in a hot air balloon
Take in the scenery of spring in Sonoma from a different perspective! See Sonoma from a birds eye view on a clear day with Sonoma Ballooning Adventures.
Take a hike
Lace up your hiking boots and get ready for a sunshine and fresh air-filled day along one of Sonoma County’s many hiking trails! We recommend Taylor Mountain, Hood Mountain Regional Park, Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, Jack London State Park, and Quarryhill Botanical Garden.