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...

  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

  • 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...

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

  • Bink Wines

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

  • Buckeye Winery

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

  • Yorkville Cellars

    We are located in Mendocino County, 100 miles north of San Francisco. Our tasting room is on High...

  • Naughty Boy Vineyard

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

  • 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 ...

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Mendocino County on Snooth

  • Bliss Zinfandel 2010


    16.96 --> 12.96 Read More

    Wine review by mariel1112

  • Rhys Alesia Chardonnay Alder Springs Vineyard 2011


    Lovely, clear straw color. Very pleasant nosepeaches, green apples. Delightfully delicate on the palate. Not your mothers oaky/buttery Chardonnay. More in the style of a white Burgundy than a trendy California Chardonnay. Flavors are delicate hints of green apple or peach. Excellent tartness makes this a very refreshing wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Goldeneye Anderson Valley Pinot Noir 2007


    Pretty, red translucence in the glass. Very gentle, close to earthy, maybe, mushroomy nose. Very light on the tongue. Thankfully, does not blast me with cherry flavor at the tip of the tongue. It definitely firms up as it moves past the tongue and palate. The initial lightness frightened me, at first, but in the back of the mouth firm tann... Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Bedrock Grenache Gibson Ranch Mendocino 2013


    Not the clearest color I've ever seen in a wine. It's just a tad murky with a tinge of yellow. Very "fresh" noseslight berry and slight citrus hints. Delightful on entry to the mouthquite light, some berry/cherry flavors. A somewhat unusual mouth-feel that I think might be from a lack of acid. There is little or no tartness in this one. Aft... Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Steele Zinfandel Catfish Vineyard Century Vines Lake County 2010


    Oak, lavender, wild cherry and clay soil tones come together on the gentle nose. Rough and plump in the mouth but not that large scaled with creamy milk chocolate and subtle cigar box accents adding complexity on the midpalate. Very easy to drink with mostly sweet wood spice on the modest finish. 87pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Edmeades Mendocino Zinfandel 2011


    A little tight on the nose and only gently fruity with mineral and oak base notes under subtle herb and blackcurrant aromas. Tense and a little spicy up front with fine clarity on the palate. This exhibits good transparency and clarity in the mouth with slightly jammy by not terribly intense fruit. Nice length and focus on the finish which shows... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Edmeades Zinfandel Shamrock Vineyard Mendocino 2011


    A little oaky and herbal one the nose with a black cherry blackberry profile that is pure and intense. Rich, chewy and fairly powerful in the mouth with lovely fruit that shows a gentle sweetness and a streak of vanilla that drives through the lively and long finish. This is perhaps a bit simple but very attractive in a lush way. 91pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Redwood Creek W Zin


    I love redwood creek white zinfandel. Live in utah and cant find it anymore. Is it available Read More

    Wine review by lease

  • Papapietro Perry Pinot Noir Anderson Valley Charles Vineyard 2011


    No written review

    Wine review by Mr Dolce

  • Redwood Creek Pinot Noir 2006


    Good Wine, aged well, really nice table wine. Fairly smooth with a good finish. Read More

    Wine review by vanir

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