Discover hotels for August in California Wine Country, United States

The vineyards may not be as extensive nor the wineries as grand as their European counterparts, but what Napa and Sonoma lack in Old World tradition they make up for in warmth and informality. This is where California’s wine industry began in 1825, before moving on to international vineyard supremacy. Forget about snooty sommeliers and their pompous pretensions: here, wine tasting is always a pleasure rather than a trial, with a mix of big-name and family-run destinations, many with their own impeccable restaurants and cafes. It also doesn’t hurt that the warm sunny weather is good for both vine and visitor, and the rolling landscape of mountains, lakes and green-gold plains is as photogenic as charming towns like Sonoma, Healdsburg, St Helena and Yountville.