The California Wine Country, as the name suggests, is a region of vineyards which produce some of the finest new world wines in the world. A fantastically rural region north of San Francisco, stretching from the coast inland to the mountains of Sacraneto, the California Wine Country offers visitors far more than the award winning vineyards from which the area gains its name.
Wine is, of course, a huge feature of life in the California Wine Country. The dazzling vineyards of Napa Valley and Sonoma County are known throughout the world for the quality of wines produced, and whether you are a budding wine connoisseur or simply enjoy a glass and would like to know a little more about the production process and grape growing, you will love staying in California Wine Country accommodation. There are no end of wine tours and wine tasting events to enjoy, teaching you all there is to know about wine, as well as giving you an excellent head start in deciphering the huge wine lists that you will be presented with in local restaurants and shops.
Not everything must revolve around wine during your holiday in the California Wine Country though. The countryside, which is largely hilly, complete with stunning mountain lakes and gushing rivers that carve the landscape, is a haven for outdoor activities too, from hiking to horse riding, mountain biking to golf. There are many beautiful routes to take through countryside which is home to a huge array of wildlife, especially birds. The Russian River is a perfect place to venture, and the little river beaches along its course are a real treat, especially during the long, hot summer days.
The many attractions of San Francisco are wonderfully easy to reach from villas in California Wine Country. Whether you would like to see the main sights of San Francisco, sail in San Francisco Bay or simply enjoy the excellent shopping, you are perfectly situated in the California Wine Country.
The climate of the California Wine Country is much like that of the Mediterranean, perfect for wine production, and perfect for holidays in the sun. You can expect to bask in temperatures exceeding 30˚C daily from June until late October, and the winter remains extraordinarily mild, with daily peak temperatures rarely less than 15˚C.
San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is the closest international airport to the California Wine Country, located around 90km from its heart. Aer Lingus provides direct flights to San Francisco from Dublin (DUB), and British Airways and Virgin Atlantic provide direct flights fromLondonHeathrow (LHR). Having the use of a hire car is strongly recommended during your stay in the California Wine Country.