Each season in Sonoma County has something very special to offer, but my absolute favorite time of year has become spring. Everything is blossoming and the whole valley just looks and feels fresher and brighter.
Vibrant yellow blooms of wild mustard flowers begin to blanket much of the area popping up in between vineyards and all over open fields and meadows. The mustard typically last until late March with some growing to be as tall as six feet. They are pretty incredible to see in person and make a spectacular backdrop for photos.
With bright blue skies, thousands of colorful wildflowers and temperatures in the 60’s (and sometimes 70’s), spring in Sonoma County makes for the perfect impromptu picnic. All you need is a blanket and some great local wine.
If you are reading this post and spring has passed, I highly recommend planning a trip to catch the wildflowers next season. They are well worth it! Below I have listed a couple of my favorite locations to view the wild mustard.
- The Alexander Valley in Healdsburg. Just as you approach the intersection that has a four way stop (right next to Medlock Ames’ tasting room), you will see the most incredibly vibrant and lush mustard field. The best time to visit this field is in late February.
- Bartholomew Estate Winery in Sonoma. This winery bursts with mustard every year and is very visitor-friendly to take in the view. They even have some hiking trails on the property.