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As you wind past hillsides covered with old-growth vines and approach the mission-style buildings of Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa, you'll know you've arrived at a special destination. The historic hotel, built in 1926 on grounds home to ancient healing waters, has been luxuriously restored to reflect the casual elegance of Northern California. If you intend to immerse yourself in California's wine country, this is where you need to start.
Grapes have grown in this area since the Hohokam cultivated native varietals. By the 1500s, the Spanish introduced European grapes, many of which thrived in the Southwest. However, the state's wine industry disappeared almost overnight during Prohibition. Arizona's modern wine industry has evolved slowly since about 1973.