In an event hosted by the US consul general, Valerie Fowler, at her Sydney estate on Thursday 15 March, media personnel gathered to learn about California’s Wine County and understand why the destination is not only a wine enthusiast’s dream but also a destination for everyone.
Some 40 industry insiders gathered to learn what makes Sonoma County and Napa Valley so special. After the recent fires in California, the region has seen a decrease in tourists. The event was held to encourage those who visit San Francisco to drive an hour to these regions and experience the premium wines and activities on offer.
As guests mingled over canapés prepared by the US consul general’s personal chef – including pesto and burrata, and mozzarella and blanched asparagus, both served on crispy sourdough – they sampled a range of fine Californian wine served on the terrace surrounded by manicured gardens.
Alexandra Spa from Sonoma County emphasised that the region has something for everyone, with over 400 wineries, 40-plus spas, farm-to-table restaurants, kayaking, lush rainforests perfect for hiking, a range of shops and 89 kilometres of scenic Pacific Coast. Just 45 minutes north of San Francisco, Sonoma Valley provides “a genuine and adventurous California wine country experience.”
Napa Valley’s Penny Brand emphasised the magnitude of the region, with more than 500 wineries, 95% of these being family-owned and operated. With a range of lodging, dining, arts and wellness options available, Napa Valley is within easy reach from four international airports and is sure to cater for all tastes. With a range of wine-focused events running annually, Napa Valley is especially great for wine enthusiasts.
Sonoma County and Napa Valley have a mild Mediterranean climate, making them ideal destinations year round.