At the heart of the beautiful Valley of the Moon, in the upper part of the Sonoma Valley, you’ll find the charming town of Kenwood. Nestled in one of the best grape-growing regions in the world, Kenwood is surrounded by award-winning wineries. Here you will find wonderful wine from bold Cabernet to earthy Pinot Noir and light, crisp Chardonnay. Since Kenwood lies along State Route 12 it is on the way between Santa Rosa and Sonoma and a natural stopping spot on your wine country tour. While you enjoy classic varietal wines: Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Merlot, Syrah, Zinfandel, and Cabernet Sauvignon you will also be able to drink in the beautiful views of the rolling hills and mountains.
Many small wineries dot the landscape and you will have a chance to discover many different wines that are not sold outside the winery itself. The Valley of the Moon is the perfect place to spend time exploring little-known wineries and discovering the perfect wine for you. You will find out where the grapes to make the wine were grown and how they were processed. Some wine spends lots of time on oak, while others spend little to none. Some winemakers and wineries use American oak while others prefer the flavors their wine takes on when it is made with French oak. You can find out all about the process of making wine and the choices the winemaker made while you sample the delicious outcome. It is exciting to be able to bring home a bottle of wine to share with friends and family knowing it is sure to be new to them! What a wonderful way to share your special time in Sonoma County wine country with loved ones back home!
Kenwood is a small town with a distinctly rural flavor. It is charmingly free of crowds and you are sure to be able to visit small family-owned and run wineries. Here, as you linger over a spicy glass of Syrah you can still meet the winemaker that made this delightful wine for you! If you can stand to tear yourself away, just a quick 20 minutes down the road brings you to charming Sonoma, where you can continue your tour of wine country.