Taking advantage of the unique growing conditions at an elevation of 1000 feet and 5-1/2 miles from the Pacific Ocean, the Scalabini's planted their first vineyard here in 1978. Today they produce excellent Pinot Noir, Zinfandel and Sauvignon Blanc. Their inviting tasting room is open daily from noon to 5.
Maple Creek Winery
Known for their Zinfandel and Chardonnay, vintners Tom Rodrigues and Linda Stutz make this a fun place to visit, and they live up to their motto, "Enter as strangers, leave as friends". Open Daily 10:30 to 5:00
Just a few miles up Mountain View Road, you'll find the closest vineyards to the Coast Guard House. This unique appellation is known as "Mendocino Ridge". It's a non-contiguous appellation that starts at an elevation of 1700 feet and rises to 2600 feet, where you'll find Dan and Vicki Dooling's labor of love. The Zinfandel and Syrah wines produced by Mariah are unsurpassed, and you're welcome to visit and taste - their hours are flexible, but call first.
The Charles family has been growing fabulous Pinot grapes for years. In 2006 they ventured into some serious winemaking and wine aficionados have stood up and taken notice. Also try their Sauvignon Blanc. You can visit their friendly tasting room just outside of Boonville Friday through Monday from 10:00 to 4:30.
Anybody who knows anything about Pinot Noir typically includes Goldeneye at the top of their list, but you’re bound to appreciate their Gewürztraminer and Pinot Gris as well. Open daily between 10:30 and 4:30
Handley Cellars Winery
Handley is known for its estate grown Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, but you may be equally impressed by their Zinfandel and Syrah from vineyards in the Redwood Valley. Open Daily 10-5
Meyer Family Cellars
This Yorkville Highlands winery is a must visit if you love Syrah. When you do, be sure to taste their Port, made every year from a blended assortment of old-vine Zinfandel.
This Dry Creek Valley institution produces excellent Cabernets and Merlots year after year, but once you taste their Zinfandel, you're bound to think of only one way to spell this varietal; "A. Rafanelli". All of their wine is sold directly, so make a point to arrange a tasting (by appointment only). Open Daily 10-4.
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Navarro Vineyards & Winery
Why is it when people think of the Anderson Valley they automatically think of Navarro Vineyards? Probably because year after year, since 1974, Navarro has consistently put out quality estate-produced Pinot Noir and Alsatian wines that walk away with medals. Navarro directly distributes most of their wine, making a trip to their friendly tasting room an absolute must. Tasting Room Hours: 9 AM to 6 PM Summer (5 PM Winter)
A few weeks ago friends of ours invited us to dinner and they served Lula's 2010 Anderson Valley Pinot Noir. When tasted, it first demonstrated a not-so-uncommon cherry and plum flavor, but this was followed by a distinctive finish reminiscent of tobacco and minerals, often only experienced in Pinots from the Santa Lucia Highlands. We love this wine, and we plan to learn more about Mendocino County's newest winery in the near future. Check back here for an update.
Philo Ridge Vineyards
Philo Ridge is a small Mendocino County winery with vineyards on Philo Ridge and a tasting room in downtown Boonville. Pinot Noir is their primary wine but they also produce Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris and Viognier. These are nice folks and their tasting room in downtown Boonville should not be missed.
We discovered Quivira wines several years ago, when founders Holly and Henry Wendt visited the Coast Guard House and brought some of their excellent Zinfandel. Since then Quivira Vineyards was purchased by Pete and Terri Knight who have remained dedicated to the Biodynamic and organic farming techniques that make Quivera wines great. The tasting room is open daily from 11am to 5pm.
Roederer Estate Inc
Given the perfect growing conditions for the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes relied upon to make first rate "méthode champenoise" wines, it's no wonder that Jean-Claude Rouzaud, then president of Champagne Louis Roederer and 5th generation descendant of the founder, selected the 580-acre Anderson Valley vineyard and winery site in 1982. Roederer Estate Brut is the first California sparkling wine to be produced by Champagne Louis Roederer, building upon a 200-year tradition of fine winemaking from this family owned company. Roederer's winemaking style is based on two elements: complete ownership of its vineyards and the addition of oak-aged reserve wines to each year's blend or cuvée. Roederer produces some of the finest sparkling wines to be found anywhere in the world.
The cool wine growing region of the Anderson Valley is perfect for the Champagne-style wines that are dependent on Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes. Scharffenberger's excellent sparkling wines are made "Methode Traditionelle" and represent the very best of this type to be found on any continent.
Unti Vineyards is a small, family-owned and operated winery specializing in red varietal wines with vineyard personality. George and his son Mick believe Dry Creek Valley’s climate is ideal for making full-bodied, fruity reds from Zinfandel, Rhone and Italian varietals. These grapes, combined with thoughtful winemaking, consistently produce fabulous blends. It is little wonder that our favorites – their Sangiovese and their Granache based Rosé – sell out quickly. Even if you’re not fortunate enough to find them in their tasting room (open by appointment 7 days a week from 10am to 4pm), you should look for them wherever fine wines are sold.
Route 128 Vineyards & Winery
The Opatz Family Vinyard is planted at an elevation of 1,400 feet, in the Yorkville Highlands. Originally they produced Vigonier, Zinfandel and Syrah. A few years later they added an additional acre of field blend Bordeaux varieties, which culminates in their highly acclaimed “High Five”. Pete and Lorna’s Geyserville tasting room is open Friday through Monday from 11 am to 5 pm.
Yorkville Cellars Inc
Amiable owners Deborah and Edward Wallo began pursuing their passion for winemaking in the Yorkville Highlands in 1986, and the organic wines they have produced have garnered a well-deserved reputation for outstanding quality. In addition to their award winning Sauvignon Blanc, they make a spectacular "“Bordeaux style” red named "Richard the Lion-Heart", which is carefully blended, using the very best barrels of six varietals (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot and Carmenere.) It is one of our favorites! The tasting room is on Highway 128 between Cloverdale and Boonville and is open daily between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.