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Spend a Day Biking to Wineries

Don’t leave Sonoma without slowing down to experience it by bike! Join a guided bike tour hosted by a knowledgeable local Tour Guide and visit local wineries for tastings. Or rent bikes and chart your own course with the aid of Sonoma Valley Bike Tours’ custom route maps and advice from their knowledgeable team.

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Soar Above the Vineyards

Experience a Sonoma sunrise in a magical way you’ll never forget. Your experienced and knowledgeable pilot will act as your guide pointing out local points of interest and the valley’s extraordinary beauty. Enchantment, romance and excitement fill every colorful moment of this graceful adventure.

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Take Flight in a Vintage Biplane

Strap on your flying helmet, climb up the wing and get snug in the open-air cockpit of a vintage biplane for a thrilling, nostalgic and ultra-romantic tour of wine country. Choose to tour the majestic vineyard landscape or opt for a flight south towards San Francisco with views of the Marin Headlands and the Golden Gate Bridge.

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Ditch the Wine for Beer

An undefined percentage of Sonoma Valley visitors are reluctantly dragged along on a trip to wine country to appease their wine-loving spouses. While everyone around them is sipping and swirling, they’re just dying for a cold beer. Fortunately, an increasing number of specialty breweries and pubs provide plenty of options for those who prefer a cold mug of suds over a glass of cult Cabernet.

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Discover Di Rosa Preserve

Tucked amid the vineyards, the Di Rosa Preserve is home to a jaw-dropping collection of more than 2000 pieces of modern and contemporary art works in spaces both indoors and out. A 1/3-mile trail winds through a Sculpture Meadow with large-scale installations. At every turn, the 200-acre site offers views of landscaped,

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Go Underground

The naturally cool, humid environment of underground caves provides ideal conditions for aging and storing wines. The dimly lit, musty environs also hold an undeniable romance, making a cave tour & tasting high on the “must do” list while in Sonoma. Keep in mind that cave temperatures vary little throughout the year – averaging 58-65 degrees – so take care to bring a light sweater for any winery experience that will include a tour of the caves.

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Play a Game of Bocce

When you realize the sport of bocce originated with the Greeks and the Romans, it makes sense why it feels so natural to play with a glass of wine in hand. The rules are simple and it’s easy to learn, making it a game beginners can learn to enjoy quickly.

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Bottle Your Own Custom Blend

Feeling daring or like you might have an innate talent for crafting a classic, California wine blend? Ravenswood Winery offers a blending experience to allow novices to learn and participate in the art of winemaking. During this experience, you’ll blend you own perfect mélange of Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, and Carignane,

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Take to the Local Trails

For a quick hike with views, check out the Sonoma Overlook Trail. The adjacent Montini Open Space Preserve offers increased trail options to easily extend your hike. Jack London State Historic Park offers more than 10 miles of trails and fire roads that trek through grassy meadows, oak woodlands, and mixed forests.

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Seek Out an Art + Wine Pairing

It should come as no surprise that many people who are passionate about fine wines also have a passion for world-class art. At many Sonoma Valley wineries you’ll find inspiring seasonal exhibits and lovingly curated permanent collections in the form of sculpture gardens, photography exhibits, murals and paintings. Visit these wineries to find out why many consider wine and art the perfect pairing.

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