Sonoma County’s Highway 12

09 / 2023 | by: Napa Valley Life

The ribbon of vineyard-lined roadway from Napa Valley to Sonoma County (or vice-versa) is home to miles of history and exceptional wine in a relaxed, tranquil setting. The mostly two-lane rural Highway 12 winds through beautiful pastoral valleys framed by the Mayacamas and Sonoma Mountains. This area tells a story; the roots of its vineyards run deep, and the region’s wineries, some dating back to the 1800s, stand as testaments to a heritage that predates Napa’s emergence.


Highway 12 travels right through the town of Sonoma, not to be confused with the Sonoma Valley AVA or the larger Sonoma County that contains it all. Yes, the word Sonoma is confusingly repetitive, which may be why many people refer to all these simply as “Sonoma.” For the California wine country enthusiast, a trek along Highway 12 to explore its history, breathtaking beauty, hidden gem wineries, and award-winning restaurants is worth adding to any weekend itinerary.


Folktable is just outside the town of Sonoma. Under the direction of Bravo Top Chef star and Executive Chef Casey Thompson, it was one of just three North Bay restaurants to receive Michelin Guide’s 2021 Bib Gourmand distinction. Casey and her team highlight Sonoma’s agricultural abundance, using micro-season fresh ingredients sourced from its organic gardens. //

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