Land of Dramatic Contrasts
The region’s namesake valley is bordered by two mountain ranges: the Mayacamas Mountains to the east and the Sonoma Mountains to the west. These protect the region from the wet and cool influence of the nearby Pacific Ocean, and encourage the flow of cool air northward from the Los Carneros region and southward from the Santa Rosa Plain.
The Sonoma Valley encompasses one of the widest ranges of wine grapes, the most dramatic contrasts of terrain, and the longest history of any vine-growing region in Sonoma County. So much of Sonoma County's winemaking history took place here, where Kenwood Vineyards itself is located. We call it THE HEART OF SONOMA.