Welcome to Sonoma Valley
The city of Sonoma and its historic plaza anchor the Sonoma Valley region. Studded with trees and surrounded by buildings nearly 200 years old, the plaza was once an outpost of the Mexican government and later at the center of California’s fight for independence. Sonoma, in fact, was the first capital of the short-lived Bear Flag Republic.
Sonoma Valley communities are famous for the world-class wines they produce, and the area has played a significant role in the history of California wine. The first vineyards in the valley were planted by Franciscan monks at Mission San Francisco Solano in 1823. The area is known for its unique natural environment, with Sonoma Mountain protecting the area from the wet and cool influence of the Pacific Ocean.
Sonoma Valley is a popular destination with both primary and second-home buyers, as well as retirees looking for a relaxed, beautiful place to enjoy themselves. Homes in the region range from smaller, historic bungalows within walking distance of Sonoma Plaza to expansive, gated estates--some with vineyards--that offer panoramic views of the stunning Wine Country scenery.