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How is the climate in the sonoma valley?

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Sonoma Valley Wine Tours are a great way to explore the nuanced climate of this large and diverse AVA. The Sonoma Valley encompasses over 160 square miles and contains approximately 28,000 acres of vineyards.

Although many Sonoma County AVAs are known for one or two specific varietals, unpredictable fog patterns make it difficult to say the same about the Sonoma Valley. The region is exposed to fog from the San Pablo Bay as well as to a lesser amount that creeps through a gap in the mountains near Santa Rosa.

Southern parts of the Sonoma Valley are very cool and overlap with the western half of the Carneros AVA. Winds from the San Pablo Bay combined with shallow soils are well-suited for growing Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Gewurztraminer and Riesling.

Temperature steadily rise as one travels north. The town of Sonoma is located about one-third of the way north within the AVA and has a moderate, pleasant climate. Many varietals are grown, including some great Sauvignon Blanc.

How is the climate in the sonoma valley?

Going on Sonoma Valley Wine Tours near the northern towns of Glen Ellen and Kenwood will expose you to varietals grown in a significantly warmer climate. Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Syrah and Italian varietals do very well here. There are also a couple of vineyards in the Northern Sonoma Valley that produce great Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Chateau St Jean produces very popular examples of both these varietals.

Sonoma Valley Pinot Noir varies dramatically between northern and southern vineyard locations. Northern Pinots are jammy and fuller-bodied. Southern Pinots are lighter and more reminiscent of production from the Russian River Valley AVA.