Figuring out the details of your vacation can be stressful enough - Save yourself time researching which airport to fly into wine country by reading a local's recommendations.
1. Charles M. Schultz Sonoma County Airport (STS)
The Sonoma County Airport is a smaller airport, but by far the most convenient option because it drops you right into Santa Rosa, so you don't have to worry about Bay Area traffic eating up time from your precious vacation. Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, United Airlines, and Sun Country Airlines offer direct flights from Los Angeles, Phoenix, Portland, Seattle, Las Vegas, San Diego, Orange County, and Minneapolis and the cost usually isn't that much more expensive than flying into a nearby major airport. From the airport, it's 47 miles to Napa, 37 miles to Sonoma, and 9.5 miles to Healdsburg.
Tip: Alaska Airlines offers their Wine Flies Free program where you can check a case of wine per passenger at no extra charge on flights departing Sonoma County.
2200 Airport Boulevard
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
2. Oakland International Airport (OAK)
Oakland Airport is the best option if you want to fly into a major airport to get to wine country. Because it's an international airport, it receives incoming flights from a wide variety of locations and you're more likely to find a nonstop flight into this airport than the Sonoma County Airport. I prefer to fly into OAK over SFO because it drops you right onto the freeway and you don't have to go through San Francisco craziness to get to your destination. When you leave the airport, it's 51 miles to Napa, 61 miles to Sonoma, and 83 miles to Healdsburg.
Tip: Prepare ahead of time to make sure you have a few bucks on you, as you'll need it to pay the toll to get over the Richmond Bridge.
1 Airport Drive
Oakland, CA 94621
3. San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
When most visitors think of flying into wine country, the San Francisco Airport is usually the first airport they think of - However, I'll be honest, it's not my favorite to fly into. Being that SFO is the largest international airport in Northern California and the second busiest in all of California, it's a little chaotic. It's also located in South SF, so you have to drive through the city to get to Napa and Sonoma. I really only recommend flying into SFO if you haven't been to San Francisco before and/or want to spend part of your trip exploring the city. From SFO, it's 59 miles to Napa, 60 miles to Sonoma, and 82 miles to Healdsburg.
Tip: SFO has the best food selection of the airports on this list and wine country eatery, Gott's Roadside, has a location within the airport, so you can get your local fix of burgers and fries while waiting for your flight.
San Francisco, CA 94128
4. Sacramento International Airport (SMF)
One airport that is often forgotten is the Sacramento Airport, but if you're flying into Napa, it's actually super convenient. Sacramento is an international airport, but the upside is that it's much less crazy than SFO or OAK - Getting through the security check here is such a breeze! Uber and Lyft are easily available directly from the airport, in case you aren't getting a rental car, and from SMF, it's 64 miles to Napa, 73 miles to Sonoma, and 117 miles to Healdsburg.
Tip: This airport has a Dippin' Dots vending machine - Yes, you read that correctly. My husband, Ian, is obsessed and insists on getting some every time we're there... Even if it's 5am in the morning.
6900 Airport Boulevard
Sacramento, CA 95837