Wine-making has had a long-established presence in Sonoma County and the industry continues to reinvent itself over time. Currently there are over 250 wineries and 48,000 acres of vineyards in Sonoma County, ranging from small, family-owned wineries to large, wide-distributing entities. The region has been recognized domestically and internationally for its distinct, quality wines. The growth in the industry has been a rapid process with over half of the wineries in Sonoma County younger than 20 years old.
Sonoma County has excellent resources to offer the wine making industry. For one, its climate of cool weather averaging 71 degrees with rare snow and moderate rainfall makes for the ideal place to grow premium grapes. As well, Sonoma County’s diverse topography, bounded by the Pacific Ocean and low mountain ranges, allows for an array of vineyard locations and grape varieties. The Russian River is another valuable resource, keeping the region mineral-rich for both vintners and produce growers.
According to Moody’s Analytics, the wine industry will continue to do well in Sonoma County. The region’s growing international recognition will be an advantage as wine consumption continues to grow aboard. As well, domestically, demographic trends show the millennial generation embracing wine consumption at faster rates than previous generation which will also benefit the region.