Sonoma City lies in the Sonoma Valley, surrounded in the East by the Mayacamas Mountains and the West by the Sonoma Mountains with the Sears Point lying southwest. The Mexican colonial past is still evident in many areas of the city, adding to its charm to visitors and residents alike. Remnants of its historical past can be seen in many preserved architectural establishments like Sonoma City Hall in the town plaza which is still in use. Both the natural scenic beauty and the rich cultural heritage displayed in Sonoma City makes tourism a success in the area.The city is the home for the Sonoma Valley AVA Apellationand the Sonoma International Film Festival. It is also the birthplace of the wine-making industry of California.It is an economically and historically significant city in Sonoma County all in all.