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...

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • Syrah

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

  • Merlot

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

  • Zinfandel

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

  • Chardonnay

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

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 the Me...

  • 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

  • Lolonis Winery

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

  • Handley Cellars

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

  • Mark Moretti Winery

    Mark Moretti Founder, Proprietor Mark launched the winery in 2006 after his earlier winemaking h...

  • Jim Ball Vineyards

    The idea for Jim Ball Vineyards began over 27 years ago. Traveling the West Coast for the first t...

  • Elke Vineyards

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

  • Bink Wines

    Deb’s winemaking philosophy is to take the highest quality grapes and allow them to express their...

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Mendocino County on Snooth

  • Rhys Alesia Chardonnay Alder Springs Vineyard 2012


    Something of a floral noseorange blossom. Light on the tonguesome citrus hints, some stone fruittart peach. As the wine moves back I can detect a light touch on the oak. Nice acid refreshness. Not a big California Chardonnay (thankfully), but not as taut as many white Burgundies. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Testa Vineyards Carignane 2010


    Very pleasant Carignane from Testa in Mendocino. There's crushed black cherry and a hit alcohol on the nose (even though it's only 13.7% abv). More black cherry on the tongue along with candied fig, the slightest hint of black licorice, lively acidity, medium fine tannins and a medium finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Navarro Vineyards Anderson Valley Mendocino Muscat Blanc 2012


    Real nice Mendocino muscat blanc. Fresh lemon citrus on the nose and creamy tangerine and apricot on the palate. Just a slight bit of sweetness on the front end that coats the tongue followed quickly by a nice bite of acidity and a medium length finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Paul Dolan Vineyards Deep Red 2012


    No written review

    Wine review by CageyT

  • Navarro Gewürztraminer Anderson Valley Dry 2012


    Nice Mendocino gewurz from long time producer Navarro. Good blast of apricot on the nose. More dried apricot and ripe peach up front followed by a touch of honey and medium acidity. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Redwood Creek 08 Cabernet Sauvignon California Cabernet Sauvignon New World 2009


    No written review

    Wine review by marymarchell

  • Halcon Estate Red Rhone Blend "Esquisto" Yorkville Highlands 2012


    Bright red color. Strawberry Preserves on the nose with some smokiness. Very bright on the tongue. Lots of red fruit. Something of an effervescence on the tip edges of the tongue. Comfortable tannin and good supporting acid. I think this wine has some mid-term aging potential, (I think various components could be better integrated), but ... Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Tusk'N Red 2013


    Well balanced. Liked the screw top closure. Started off a little oaky, but it might have been my palate that evening. Nicely stored in the fridge. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899

  • Redwood Creek Pinot Grigio 2012


    No written review

    Wine review by marymarchell

  • Spell Estate Weir Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012


    The Weir Vineyard in the Yorkville Highlands is located on a south facing hillside of rocky gravely soils at an elevation that ranges between 850 and 1000 feet. Cool ocean air funnels up the Anderson Valley to regulate the ripening of the exceptional fruit from this vineyard.Our Weir Vineyard Pinot Noir is highlighted by earthy, smoky notes and ... Read More

    Wine review by spellestate

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