Vines into WaterApril 23, 2016; Los Olivos, Calif. 1 of 11
This 5K course winds through the Sarloos and Sons Vineyard, a family-run operation that's been around for four generations. Runners will switch between trails and the vineyard's hard-packed dirt roads as they see all five different varieties of Sarloos and Sons grapevines.
Runners will also have a chance to enjoy a free coffee or espresso before the race begins and will finish with a post-race party to remember: a barbeque picnic complete with music and, of course, lots of wine. Registration is capped at 500 participants.
Run Through the Vineyard 10K, 5K, and 2KApril 23, 2016; Temecula, Calif. 2 of 11
This 29th annual run offers three distance choices—a 10K, 5K and 2K fun run—making it a great option for runners of all abilities.
The scenery doesn't hurt, either. As you run through the vineyards of Maurice Car'rie Winery, you'll take in the sights of the beautiful Temecula Valley, complete with picturesque mountains, rolling hills and weather that never gets too warm, thanks to the ocean breezes from the low coastal regions.
Wicked Wine Run Fresno 5KMay 14, 2016; Fresno, Calif. 3 of 11
Whether you're in it for the wine or the run, this race, part of a larger, national series, has you covered. Tagged as "the original race with a drinking problem," it offers three racing options: a 5K with a celebratory glass of wine at the finish, a 1K Tasting Walk with four wine stops or the chance to sign up for both.
After you've finished, stick around for the live band, food trucks and even more wine from the local vineyards.
Windsor Green Half Marathon, 10K, and 5KMay 22, 2016; Windsor, Calif. 4 of 11
This race is located in the heart of Sonoma County wine country, about one hour north of San Francisco. All three distances—a half marathon, 10K and 5K—are run through vineyards, cattle farms and country roads, giving runners an authentic look into the area. Finishers of all distances will receive a custom medal and a hot breakfast, courtesy of the Windsor Fire Department.
Salinas Valley Half MarathonAug. 6, 2016; Soledad, Calif. 5 of 11
This scenic half marathon starts at the historic Soledad Mission, one of California's 12 original Spanish missions, and ends at Pessagno Winery. Along the way, participants will run along the base of the Saint Lucia Mountains, via the River Road Wine Trail.
Expect good weather, too: Cool, coastal Monterey Bay air should push you forward as you pass vineyards and crops field, including lettuce, spinach, carrots and broccoli. For anyone who loves the outdoors, this is your race.
Water to Wine Half Marathon and 10KAug. 7, 2016; Healdsburg, Calif. 6 of 11
Unlike many of the other races on this list, both the half marathon and 10K take place primarily on the road, with only a small percentage of each race going off-road through vineyards on hard-packed dirt roads. The out-and-back course starts and finishes at the Kendall Jackson Wine Estate and Gardens, a picturesque, family-run winery that was founded in 1982.
Don't forget to hang on to your race day bib—the tear offs at the bottom will get you a shirt, meal and free wine glass at the post-race celebration.
The Santa Rosa Full and Half MarathonAug. 28, 2016; Santa Rosa, Calif. 7 of 11
If you're all about great scenery, then this course is for you. The race starts in downtown Santa Rosa before making its way toward the Santa Rosa Creek and giving runners a tour of rural Sonoma County. Runners will cross three picturesque trestle bridges, pass vineyards and cornfields, and even seen horse ranches and a milk dairy.
Don't start walking now, though—at mile 10, enjoy a special run through a colorful wine barrel and fermenting room. The cherry on top? This race is a Boston qualifier.
Healdsburg Half Marathon and 5KOct. 9, 2016; Healdsburg, Calif. 8 of 11
The 9th edition of this half marathon and 5K starts and finishes in downtown Healdsburg, a small town located in northern Sonoma County. Runners will pass numerous 100-year-old homes at the start, before making their way out of downtown and toward the vineyards. The route includes stunning views of Dry Creek Valley and Alexander Valley—two of the top wine-producing regions in Sonoma.
All finishers receive a custom tech shirt, wine stopper medal and a wine glass with the race logo on it. The post-race party will feature live music, hot food and 10 local wineries offering taste-testing.
Cloverdale Harvest Vineyard Marathon, Half Marathon, and 10KOct. 23, 2016; Cloverdale, Calif. 9 of 11
Each of these race distances will take you through the vineyards around Asti Winery, an Italian Swiss Colony founded in 1881 and now one of the largest wine production facilities in Sonoma County. Most of the run will be on the vineyards' dirt roads, and because of perfect timing, fall colors will be in full effect.
All finishers will receive free race photos, including free prints at the finish, and a hot brunch at the post-race party. Half and full marathon finishers will receive a custom finisher's medal, a tech shirt and free local wine and beer tastings.
5K Ghosts and Goblins Wine Run10 of 11
October is the time to get in a good run before the winter season strikes. This point-to-point 5K course will take runners through the vineyards of Mount Palomar Winery, a 315-acre production that was founded in 1969. The race is Halloween-themed, so watch out for the ghouls and goblins hiding along the course. Two wine tastings will be waiting for you at the finish, as well as a commemorative, stemless wine glass.
Registration for 2016 is capped at 2,500. Previous races have sold out, so make to sure to purchase tickets in advance.