Our family has lived in Sonoma since 1856 and have raised several generations of  family who each embrace the rich diversity of life in this little piece of Heaven, aka the Dry Creek Valley. In the Winter, we enjoy occasional snow flurries as our grapes lay deep in their winter sleep. Spring is the season of abundance as our grapes begin to grow. Blossoms can be found on every corner of our ranch. Summer is filled with warm summer days and cool, foggy nights, absolutely perfect for grape growing. And the Fall season is the time that we watch the crop ripen, tend the vines very carefully and enjoy the fruits of our Sonoma County growing season. Thus, it comes as no surprise that Sonoma County has been named 2019 Wine Region of the Year by Wine Enthusiast, for the magazine’s 20thannual Wine Star Awards. Each year, editors of the publication honor the destination, individuals and companies that have made outstanding achievements in the wine and beverage world, and continue to implement innovative, welcoming and sustainable practices and initiatives.

 “Sonoma County is one of the most diverse and progressive winegrowing regions in the world,” said Adam Strum, Chairman and Publisher of Wine Enthusiast. “From powerhouse varieties like Chardonnay and Pinot Noir that produce famed bottlings of prominence to classic California wines made from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel and more, Sonoma County is renowned for producing high-quality wines of distinction. The region is also a standard-bearer for best practices beyond just wine production, as a champion of true sustainability.”

“This is an incredible recognition of the world-class wines and winegrowers that have made Sonoma County exceptional,” said Michael Haney, Executive Director of Sonoma County Vintners. “Generations of families in this wine community have devoted their time, effort and care making this the best wine region. There is a real sense of pride in everything this community does from winery hospitality to their contributions of those in need. Sonoma County truly is authentic and approachable!”

Sonoma County’s winegrowing community recently announced that it now has a record-breaking 99% of its local vineyard acreage certified sustainable.

“Sonoma County is a truly special place with its multi-generational family grape growers and vintners who are committed to sustainability, supporting our local community and preserving agriculture for the next generation,” said Karissa Kruse, President of Sonoma County Winegrowers. “It means so much to our local wine community to receive this incredible honor from Wine Enthusiast recognizing that in Sonoma County world-class quality wines can come from local families who care.”

Sonoma County will appear in the special Dec. 31 Wine Enthusiast “Best of Year” issue and will be presented their Wine Star Award trophies at the 20th anniversary black-tie awards dinner on Monday, Jan. 27, 2020 hosted in San Francisco, California, at the Palace of Fine Arts.