Sonoma County is our cherished land. Located in the Northwest of the San Francisco Bay Area region in California, it stretches from 60 miles of Pacific Coast in the west to the steep slopes of the Mayacamas Mountains in the east. We live, work and sweat this land where the climate is strongly influenced by the presence of the ocean. Together with the elevation of our rolling hills, the Pacific influence generates a wide array of microclimates within our region.
This amazing variety of microclimates, the broad palette of terroirs it creates and its almost 60,000 acres of vineyards make Sonoma County an extraordinarily special, yet relatively undiscovered area for winegrowing. It is an appellation that has its place among the world's top winegrowing regions, and one about which we are incredibly passionate.
Within this rich melting pot for viticulture are 17 American Viticultural Areas (AVAs, or appellations) – each with its own distinctive characteristics. From the hot climate of Alexander Valley which is ideal for Cabernet Sauvignon to the cool, misty Russian River which is perfect for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, many of world’s leading grape varieties thrive when produced in this unique place. At Kenwood we source grapes from throughout the county to assemble our small-lot wines, and place particular focus on those AVAs we consider the most interesting to create our signature offerings.