There are so many reasons to smile when you visit Sonoma in the autumn. The great grape harvest, brilliant foliage, and beautiful weather are just a few things that we look forward to! However, no harvest season vacation is complete without a Wine Country celebration!
Below, we’ve provided a comprehensive list of some of our favorite fall events in Sonoma County, but they are just the beginning of what the season offers. For more information on the area’s top attractions, request your free Sonoma Valley Vacation Guide. It is full of recommendations on farmers markets, parks, and other ways to enjoy autumn in Wine Country!
7 of the Best Fall Events in Sonoma County
1. Sonoma Wine Country Weekend | September
Sonoma Wine Country Weekend draws thousands of visitors each year. This amazing celebration is held each Labor Day weekend and always sells out quickly. Hundreds of wineries and chefs from across Sonoma gather to serve up the most sought-after wines, all complete with delectable dishes prepared by the valley’s most renown local chefs. In addition to great food and wine, visitors of Sonoma Wine Country Weekend can also enjoy educational wine talks! These in-depth talks guarantee to increase your wine IQ!
2. The National Heirloom Expo | September
With over 20,000 farmers and 300 vendors, the National Heirloom Expo is a must for those who want to explore the rich agricultural heritage and industry of the United States. Also known as the World’s Pure Food Fair, the National Heirloom Expo is the world’s largest produce display. You will find everything from vivid heirloom displays to colossal pumpkins to mini gardens and more! Tickets are only $15 for adults and children are always free. All profits from the National Heirloom Expo benefit school garden and food programs.
3. Sonoma County Crush | September
Sonoma County Crush is an unforgettable grape harvest celebration! Not only can you meet the winemakers, learn about the harvest, and taste amazing wines – you will also have an amazing opportunity to get involved with hands-on experiences, including the great grape crush! Passes are only $35 in advance and give you exclusive access to harvest activities and wine tastings at ten wineries in Kenwood and Glen Ellen. As an added bonus, many of Glen Ellen’s greatest wineries are less than five minutes away from Olea Hotel!
4. Valley of the Moon Vintage Festival | September
The Valley of the Moon Vintage Festival is the longest running festival in the state of California. Held since 1897, this one-of-a-kind festival features a myriad of fun activities for people of all ages. If you are looking to incorporate some physical activity into your Wine Country vacation, then be sure to sign up for a 5k or 12k destination race! Grape stomp competitions, live music, dancing, the Glow Parade, and the art festival are just a few of the event’s most anticipated happenings.
5. Sonoma County Harvest Fair | October
If you can’t make your way to Sonoma at the beginning of grape harvest season, then don’t worry! The Sonoma County Harvest Fair has you covered. This expansive fair is held each October and 2018 looks to promise one of the best celebrations yet! You can look forward to world-class wines, award-winning beer, and a plethora of culinary masterpieces! With wine and beer sampling, great food, and countless vendors, the Sonoma Harvest Fair is a great way to explore and get to know Sonoma’s local talent.
6. Pinot on the River | October
If you love Pinot Noir or simply want to learn more about this artfully crafted wine, then mark your calendar for Pinot on the River! Held each October in the beautiful Russian River Valley of Healdsburg, it is known by many as one of the greatest wine events in Sonoma. Explore award-winning wines, take in Sonoma’s natural beauty, sit with the winemakers, and enjoy some of the best local cuisines in the county.
Pinot lovers won’t want to miss Sunday's Pinot Noir Grand Tasting; this spectacular celebration will feature over 100 wineries plus guest Artisan Food Vendors on the downtown Healdsburg Plaza Square. In addition, a portion of the proceeds will directly benefit families affected by the fires.
7. Sonoma Extra Virgin Festival | November
Wine and olives go together like peanut butter and jelly, and it just so happens that their harvest season overlaps. The Sonoma Extra Virgin Festival is a wine and olive celebration held in Glen Ellen each year in November. Here, you will find all things olive-related, including cooking demonstrations, olive oil, olive foods, and more. Food trucks, music, and of course, wine, is always on the schedule!
After celebrating Wine Country’s olive harvest, be sure to take your time to explore Sonoma’s many beautiful vineyards. With brilliant foliage of reds, golds, and yellows blanketing many of the vineyards, November is one of the most beautiful times to visit.
Stay in the Middle of It All
Situated in the heart of Central Sonoma, Olea Hotel is only minutes away from the greatest celebrations in Wine Country! Our unique location enjoys the peacefulness of Glen Ellen’s countryside along with proximity to a vibrant downtown. Whether you are planning a romantic retreat or a last-minute getaway, our boutique hotel has everything you need to relax, unwind, and enjoy the best of what Sonoma Valley offers.
When you book a stay in any of our rooms, like our Hillside Queen Room, you can always expect the best amenities, luxurious packages, and top-notch service, all complete with a personalized touch. Daily gourmet breakfast, complimentary wine, spa services, and access to our luxurious pool are just a few things to enjoy! If you are ready to plan your Wine Country getaway, check our availability and book your stay. We can’t wait to welcome you to Sonoma Valley and hear about the fun that you had at these amazing fall events!
If you are looking for more fun ways to enjoy autumn in Sonoma Valley, read our blog on Wine Country golf.