Known fondly to locals as “Little Switzerland” for its large Swiss dairy community and striking comparison to the valleys of Switzerland, Gonzales, California has grown considerably since its incorporation in 1872. In the 1920’s dairy farming gave way to vegetable farming and the town of Gonzales earned itself a new nickname, “The Heart of the Salad Bowl.” Although Gonzales continues to thrive by means of its multi-billion dollar agricultural industry, it has also become the most important wine cultivation area in Monterey County
. California wine enthusiasts find themselves at home on the Gonzales River Road Wine Trail where, more often than not, the winemaker is behind the bar pouring just released or limited release wines. Today this affluent community offers its residents all the finest amenities. Shopping and dining is a breeze in the temperate climate of this gorgeous valley and charming small town. The city of Gonzales offers an abundance of events and recreational programs for adults and children alike. Gonzales homes and residents enjoy some of the best schools in the county under Gonzales Unified School District, and after-school activities may involve a picnic or barbeque at Gonzales Central Park, where the city holds a large Fourth of July Family Celebration. The city is easily accessed by the surrounding cities of Salinas
and San Luis Obispo via Highway 101 and offers all public transportation options as well. Find your home in Gonzales today by searching Gonzales by zip code along with nearby cities of Greenfield
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