This beautiful wine country hamlet, resting peacefully in its namesake valley and county, is home to a little more than 10,000 year-round residents and enjoys one of the richest histories of any California town. Among other historical facts, Sonoma is said to be the birthplace of California’s wine industry. Its central plaza is a National Historic Landmark and hosts the community’s early 20th century and still functional town hall. Surrounding the plaza are many historic buildings and a substantial selection of casual to world-class restaurants, galleries, spas and shops. Residences in the town range from modest cottages to larger Victorians, with sizable vineyard estates dotting the surrounding countryside.
The hub of the premier Sonoma Valley wine producing region and a popular tourist destination, Sonoma was home to a vineyard planted around the time of the founding of Mission San Francisco Solano in 1823. Hungarian Count Agoston Haraszthy founded the state’s first winery nearby.The oldest celebration of the state’s wine heritage, The Valley of the Moon Vintage Festival, is held on the Sonoma Plaza every September.
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