Sonoma County Named The Top Wine Destination In The U.S.

The people of TripAdvisor have spoken, and Sonoma County rules.

Anyone who lives here or visits here already knew that, of course, but the designation makes it official: “Sonoma County, Calif., is the top wine destination in the U.S.,” according to TripAdvisor’s 2012 Travelers’ Choice Awards.

The honors were based on account travelers' reviews and opinions for wineries, restaurants, attractions and accommodations. Taken all together, Sonoma beat out other worthy meccas as Napa Valley, Paso Robles, Temecula Valley, and Plymouth, California.

“Sonoma County may not produce as much wine as nearby Napa, but what it lacks in volume, it more than makes up for in variety,” noted the TripAdvisor accolade. “You’ll find everything from Chardonnay to Zinfandel here, and TripAdvisor travelers love the laid-back, unpretentious vibe of the wineries. After a strenuous day of wine-tasting, spoil yourself at one of the many local spas.”

Ken Fischang, president/CEO of Sonoma County Tourism, is naturally thrilled, if not surprised. As he said, “This honor shows that Sonoma County is a world-class wine region. Millions of users of TripAdvisors have recognized us for the authentic experiences we provide to independent and adventurous travelers.”

Part of the reason that Sonoma County pulled to first place is the wealth of travel opportunities it provides, Fischang noted. Travelers find millions of reasons to visit Sonoma County, including 1 million acres of pristine, rugged land, more than 370 wineries, 55 miles of stunning Pacific coast, over 40 spas, dozens of regional and state parks, and 500-plus eateries.

What’s not to love?

Details: sonomacounty.com.

Tip: While you’re exploring Sonoma County’s wineries and more, leave the driving to Pure Luxury Transportation. From Town Cars to limos to private charter buses, mapping out your road travel is a breeze. Pure Luxury concierge can offer tips on where to visit, too!

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