The first established AVAs were named in the 1980s, with new designations coming as recently as 2022. 1983 was a particularly important year, as the majority of Sonoma’s appellations were founded during that time, however even today there remain a few proposed AVAs for Sonoma County currently awaiting approval.
Diversity is key in Sonoma County. Amongst 24,000ha of vines, over 60 grape varieties grow and thrive. Sonoma is most known for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay however, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot grow alongside Gruner Veltliner and many more.