Monday, October 19, 2015

The History of the Sonoma Valley, California's Wine Industry

The Sonoma Valley, located in Sonoma County, California, is known for primary one thing: wine. Known as the birthplace of the California wine industry, the valley is a vast field of vineyards and wineries--encompassing some of the first in the state. Sonoma Valley is home to 183-year-old vines and has stood the test of time.Some wineries, in fact, survived the impact of prohibition in the early 20th century. The valley's wines are now protected by the U.S. Federal Government's Sonoma Valley and Carneros American Viticultural Areas. The wine industry also survived an epidemic of a root disease called phylloxera, which affects the grapes and its vines.

Since its start in the wine industry, Sonoma has become a hot spot for tourism, festival-goers, and many year-round events. Many events include the Sonoma International Film Festival and several wine-tasting festivals year-round.

The valley was once called "Valley of the Moon." Many ranch owners claim the word Sonoma stands for "Valley of the Moon," though there have been other translations for Sonoma. Some have considered that Sonoma stands for "earth village," which is another likely translation due to the valley's rich land.

The land has grown grapes for centuries, from the beginning practices of crushing berries and grapes with one's feet to the now mass-production of wine. Today, thousands of tourists flock to California's Sonoma County to enjoy its rich offerings in wine and great food. It is a tourist destination full of relaxation, history, and wine education. Being the No. 1 wine destination in the country, tourists can choose from a plethora of more than 400 wineries, enjoy miles and miles of Pacific coastline beaches, and beautiful forests. San Francisco isn't far off the beaten path, offering plenty of other exciting adventures.

About the Author: Kelly is a guest contributor from Honor Mansion, a Healdsburg hotel in California's Wine Country--offering top amenities, accommodations, and attractions.l

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