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

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • 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...

  • Syrah

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

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

  • Harmonique

    "Producers have turned The Valley’s pristine cool climate grapes into honest wines. Sophisticated...

  • Golden Cellars

    Golden Vineyards is the gorgeous byproduct of two individuals who, when spliced together, make fo...

  • Elizabeth Vineyards

    Redwood Valley covers about 35 square miles and its wineries and vineyards produce premium to ult...

  • Claudia Springs Winery

    Claudia Springs Winery was founded in 1989 by Bob and Claudia Klindt in the picturesque Anderson ...

  • Naughty Boy Vineyard

    Located in a lush and isolated valley, Naughty Boy Vineyards is a 6 acre vineyard where the entir...

  • Mariah Vineyards

    Owned by Dan and Vicki Dooling, Mariah Vineyards is on the short list of the best Zin vines in th...

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Mendocino County on Snooth

  • Halcon Alturas Yorkville Highlands 2011


    Much better than my experience with this wine a year ago. Nose of dried fruit and of black pepper. On the tongue, the dried fruit shows upapricot, prune, maybe, cranberry. Towards mid-palate earthiness, meatiness and some heat emerges. Acid suggests lemon. Quite firm, but, certainly, not upfront tannin. Lengthy, pleasant finish. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Roederer Estate Brut l'Ermitage Vintage 2005


    Green apple, yeasty, Stoney aroma and flavors. More fruity and forward with less minerality than a champagne. Good firm structure. The finish is long and structured. Read More

    Wine review by Billdo99

  • Lioco 'Indica' Old Vine Carignane 2012


    Fruity and light with berry notes and light tannins. Very smooth and easy to drink! Read More

    Wine review by BeautifulCalamity

  • I haven t had a lot of stand out California Grenache. I've tastes a lot ... the Yorkville Highlands of Mendocino County at his Halcon vineyard. I've had a Rosé that he bottled. Little of a few years back and he puts 65% Grenache into his Equisto GMS blend that is delicious. Yet to taste a stand alone Grenache from him and chances are i never w... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Garnacha, grenache--tomato,...

  • Handley Cellars Pinot Blanc Mendocino 2012


    Very enjoyable pinot blanc from Mendocino. There's a bit of a creamy taste and texture that makes this stand out from most other pinot blancs that I've had. Plenty of lemon pith, a bit of white grapefruit, with a hint of honeysuckle. There's a nice bit of medium acidity and a medium finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Redwood Creek Zinfandel 2007


    has an off taste, can't quite describe, maybe veggie like, i didn't like it at all. did not taste like a zin at all. almost dumped it out, but my wife liked. Read More

    Wine review by jimbo123456

  • Fifty Year Rolling Stones Merlot Mendocino County 2011


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    Wine review by martins2002

  • Navarro Vineyards Pinot Gris Anderson Valley Mendocino 2012


    Very tasty Mendocino pinot gris from Navarro. On the nose is a bit of orange marmalade and honey suckle. For a '12 this is still fresh with notes of lemon cream, some tropical fruit, kiwi, lively acidity and a medium finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Husch Vineyards Pinot Noir Anderson Valley Knoll 2005


    No written review

    Wine review by smuratore

  • Handley Pinot Noir Anderson Valley 2006


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    Wine review by smuratore

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