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Sonoma Valley: Birthplace of the California Wine Industry

Tranquil Sonoma Valley rests between the Mayacamas and Sonoma Mountains approximately one hour by car north of San Francisco. It runs from San Pablo Bay on the south, to the city of Santa Rosa on the north. Once home to Miwok, Pomo and Wintun peoples, the valley saw wine grapes planted by Franciscan missionaries during the first quarter of the 19th century. Those modest plantings were followed by vineyards of French varietals, and the founding of Sonoma County’s first two wineries:Buena Vista in 1857 and GundlachBundschu in 1858.Today, Sonoma Valley is home to more than 100 wineries and vineyards.

The town of Sonoma, incorporated in 1883, was a bustling community by 1845. Soon, smaller communities in the Valley were increasing in population and popularity. Agua Caliente and Boyes Hot Springs were attracting visitors from San Francisco eager to partake of their mineral baths, and Kenwood was established as a train stop. Glen Ellen would become the location of “Beauty Ranch,” the dream retreat of famed writer Jack London.

Sonoma Valley Real Estate

Sonoma Valley is a treasure trove of highly desirable real estate, including homes, wineries, vineyards, vineyard estates and more.Charming late 19thto mid-20th century cottages and bungalows, Mid-century modern and ranch-style family abodes, and newer and larger residences grace the quiet streets of the valley’s towns. The countryside along picturesque Highway12 (Sonoma Highway) hosts public and private roads leading to impressive homes and fabulous estates; often complemented by vineyards abundant with premium wine grapes during the growing season.

Napa Valley: Synonymous with Premium Wine, Food, Spas and Lifestyle

Yountville and Rutherford: two of the wine world’s iconic communities were named after two of the Napa Valley’s founding fathers, George C. Yount, possibly the first Anglo-Saxon settler in the Valley, and Thomas Rutherford who married Yount’s daughter and became a respected winegrower. Prior to that in Napa Valley, the town of Napa was founded in 1847. The communities of Oakville, Calistoga and St. Helena followed. Although all were settled for different reasons, none were founded based on the (not yet existent) wine industry. In those times, the primary industries were mineral mining, farming and visitors to the county’s hot springs spas.

It wasn’t until 1859 that John Patchett opened Napa Valley’s first winery, in an area that is now within the town of Napa. Wine icon Charles Krug followed in 1861 with a winery north of St. Helena. Today, the wine and related tourist industries rule the Napa Valley’s economy. There are over 400 wineries and thousands of acres of premium wine grape vineyards.

Napa Valley Real Estate

Napa Valley real estate includes some of the finest homes and estates in North America. Highway 29 and the Silverado Trail are not only lined with lanes and driveways leading to world-class wineries. Some of them point the way to magazine-worthy multi-million-dollar estates serving as home-base or homes away from home for titans of technology and other businesses, celebrities, and others well-known and well-heeled. Many of these properties are wine estates, hosting vineyards of all sizes. Architecture runs the gamut, from traditional Tudor to Modernist. The Valley also accommodates more modest multi-acre properties, with ranch- and Mid-century modern-style homes. The largest towns – Napa, St. Helena and Calistoga – offer neighborhood streets lined with charming cottages and bungalows, historic Victorians, and newer condominiums.

Carol Sebastiani& Associates: Distinctive Wine Country Real Estate

This is a website designed for you, the discerning buyer or seller of Wine Country real estate. You want nothing less than a Realtor who has demonstrated professionalism, integrity and unsurpassed success specializing in Napa Valley real estate and distinctive property in the Sonoma Valley. You’ve come to the right place. As a Realtor instrumental in the sales of the highest-priced residential properties in Napa and Sonoma Counties four years in a row, Carol Sebastiani is excited to offer you her services as a record-setting Sotheby’s International Realty® agent. Backed by The Sebastiani Team,she is ready to represent buyers and sellers with the same incomparable energy, experience and market knowledge she has offered for over a decade in California’s incomparable Napa-Sonoma Wine Country.

Carol invites you to browse her Featured Property Listings, search all available real estate in the Property Search section and get to know her as she shares her knowledge and interests in the “Carol Sebastiani Blog.” Feel free to contact her anytime at 415.290.3123, or via email,

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