There are loads of fun things during a Sonoma County weekend or a longer, more leisurely vacation. With breathtaking scenery, must-see sights, and more, the area offers many Michelin-starred restaurants, quaint cafes, outdoor activities like hiking, camping, and those very popular Sonoma ballooning adventures.
Including a wine tasting session or two and a winery tour is a natural objective. As the true birthplace of the California wine industry, Sonoma County boasts over 425 highly regarded wineries throughout the region. Attempting to narrow that list to just a few favorites is a daunting task, but the staff at Sonoma Ballooning has enthusiastically grasped the challenge and is prepared to share their opinions.
But First, A Little History Of The Sonoma Wine Business
The birth of the California Wine industry can be traced to California’s oldest commercial winery, Buena Vista Winery, and the longest-running family-owned winery, Gundlach Bundschu.
Visitors to Buena Vista Winery can see the original winery press house built in 1862 as well as the building that houses their historic 1857 Tasting Room only one block off Sonoma Square,
Gundlach-Bundschu is still owned and managed by the 6th-generation of the Bundschu family, having revived the original 1858 growing and winemaking operations that were curtailed by Prohibition from 1920 to 1933.
Today, one of the truly fine things to do in Sonoma County is to visit the Gundlach-Bund historic vineyards and winetasting room of this landmark family-owned winery.
Sonoma Ballooning’s Staff Favorite Wineries
Following your group’s early morning Sonoma Ballooning adventures, one of the most fun things to do in Sonoma County is to head out for a winery tour and wine tasting. Advance reservations are always necessary.
23574 Arnold Drive
Sonoma, CA 95476
Start The Day With Sonoma Ballooning Adventures
Memorable, thrilling, and safe, a Sonoma Ballooning adventure is the perfect prelude to a Sonoma winetasting outing. As you and your group greet the glorious morning while floating gently above the vineyards and estates of beautiful Sonoma County framed by incredible scenery, you and your party will capture magnificent views of the surrounding hillsides and even glimpses of San Francisco Bay.