Mendocino County Wine


Mendocino County AVA is a large and climatically diverse region within the North Coast region of California. Wine-making began here in the 1850s when failed gold prospectors planted vineyards. Italian immigrants arrived soon after and expanded plantings into the hillsides. Despite the expansion of the wine industry at this time, Mendocino County wines remained fairly obscure and isolated, though more and more vineyards were being planted for local consumption. But this isolation worked in the region’s favor, as many of the vines were spared from the Phylloxera epidemic and the rest could be salvaged by regrafting as hybrid European-American rootstock, which was immune to the dreaded louse. 
However, like most of the California wine industry, Mendocino County suffered near collapse during the Prohibition from 1921 - 1933. The region did not recover until the 1960s when the Parducci and Fetzer family estates rose to prominence. Other wineries followed their example. Today Read more »

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Varietals Produced in Mendocino County View all

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

Subregions of Mendocino County

  • Anderson Valley

    Anderson Valley AVA is located within Mendocino County in the North Coast region of California....

  • Yorkville Highlands

    Flanking both sides of Route 128 connecting Sonoma’s Alexander Valley with Mendocino's Anderson ...

  • Mendocino Ridge

    "Islands in the Sky"™, as most locals call it, is a more romantic and appropriate name for ...

  • Redwood Valley

    The Redwood Valley AVA is a subregion of Mendocino in California’s North Coast. The region bene...

Popular Wineries in Mendocino County View all

  • McFadden Vineyard

    McFadden Vineyard has been family owned and operated since 1970 in Potter Valley, where Guinness ...

  • Anthill Farms Winery

    We're very excited to offer you our 2006 wines. It's sometimes hard for us to believe that this v...

  • Elke Vineyards

    Elke Vineyards is comprised of about 80 acres at Donnelly Creek in Anderson Valley, and about 18 ...

  • Buckeye Winery

    Located in beautiful downtown Newark on the Northwest side of the courthouse square, Buckeye Wine...

  • Handley Cellars

    Our estate vineyard experiences cool foggy nights and bright sunny days, the perfect climate f...

  • Lolonis Winery

    Welcome to Lolonis Winery! For over 20 years our family has been producing handcrafted, organical...

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Mendocino County on Snooth

  • Bonterra Pinot Noir Mendocino County 2016


    Dusty notes of plum, raspberry and mixed baking spice on the nose. Nicely textured on the palate, a touch medicinal with cherry cola and zesty spice. Black cherry and red currant fruit with a bit of resinous earth coming through, some licorice and a bold spice to the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Sketchbook Artist's Red Blend Mendocino County 2014


    Dark cola and raspberry aromas, firmly red fruited and bright with cinnamon spice. Cherry cola and cranberry fruit on the palate with a bit of licorice root on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Moniker Chardonnay Mendocino County 2015


    Vanishing oak and spiced green apple aromas, a touch floral with a note of oat straw. Cool, breezy notes of peach and green apple on the palate, a pleasant acidity and creamy texture finishing with mixed spice, a bit of tart melon and potpourri. Read More

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  • Theopolis Vineyards Petite Sirah Yorkville Highlands Mendocino County 2013


    Inky black and smoky with candied plum and licorice aromas and dark fruit notes of blackberry preserves and mineral earth. This is deep, dark and bottomless with good complexity of fruit, expressing blackberry, black currant, prune and plum notes with a decent heft and a smooth mouthfeel. When that washes away theres a wave of thick tannins and ... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Tonight's (Sat) was to introduce a new member to various wines and ... the ... the grapes were sourced from Mendocino County - Badass Mike's Vineyard - more this wine later.  Next was this:This really is nuanced and loaded with layers of spice, herbal notes, cola, with good minerality, rounded tannins and great acidity.  It had length of fruit... Read More

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  • Some new wines from my son:From Botham Vineyards, one of the best vineyards in ... Bad Ass Mike Vineyards in Mendocino County Ca.  The Field 3 got a gold for the 2014 vintage may need to wait a little on this.  The sangiovese should be ready now.&nbs Read More

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  • Dirty & Rowdy Chenin Blanc 2016


    Crystal clear, pretty, yellow color. Somewhat floral nose. On the tonguebone dry and quite tart. Very lean, and, probably, a good accompaniment with shellfish. Ill be testing that theory in about an hour. I like the crispnessit makes this a very drinkable wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Moniker Cabernet Sauvignon Mendocino County 2014


    Chocolate, blackberries and black currant on the nose with a dusty moist earth and even a bit of red fruit. Bright and cheerful palate of fresh spice, zesty acidity, cherry, cranberry and strawberry fruit and a pleasantly long mixed berry and cocoa powder finish that's glazed with a bit of medicine Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Halcon Esquisto Yorkville Highlands 2016


    Something of a volatile nose. Lots of red fruit on the tip of the tongue. Sadly, sweeter than I normally enjoy. When I hold the wine in my mouth for a few seconds, I get a stony flavor or sensation. This wine seems a little bit hot to me--not enough to really bother me, though. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Theopolis Vineyards Petite Sirah Yorkville Highlands Mendocino County 2013


    Dark rich and savory aromas of minerality, blackberry and black currant fruit. Full bodied and bold on the palate, presenting mostly black fruit flavors of blackberry and black currant, a core of spice and leather running through this with a finish that's austere yet still juicy. Finishes with great length of fruit and a bit of earth. Read More

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