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...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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...

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

  • Greenwood Ridge Vineyards

    Since 1980, Greenwood Ridge Vineyards has developed a reputation for producing award-winning esta...

  • Mark Moretti Winery

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

  • Elizabeth Vineyards

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

  • Yorkville Cellars

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

  • Handley Cellars

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

  • Anthill Farms Winery

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

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Mendocino County on Snooth

  • Champ de Reves Vineyards Pinot Noir Anderson Valley 2013


    Elegantly spiced cherry cola and black raspberry aromas with floral notes of crushed violets and a hint of rosemary. This is a bit tart on the palate with fruit forward notes of blueberry, spiced black cherry and red licorice. Well textured tannins grace the mid palate and lead into a finish of cinnamon spice, cranberry, cherry compote and a tou... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Copain Hawks Butte Syrah Yorkville Highlands 2011


    No written review

    Wine review by Liandra160

  • Brutocao Quadriga Hopeland Ranches 2011


    wonderful blend, quiet, peaceful yet strong and resilient just like a good wine should be. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor

  • Redwood Creek Sauvignon Blanc 2011


    No written review

    Wine review by eyetalian

  • Edmeades Gianoli Vineyard Zinfandel Mendocino Ridge 2013


    Powerful aromatics of earthy salinity, ripe raspberry and black cherry and a floral violet note on the nose. This is nicely heated on the palate, with a well rounded spice box of cinnamon, clove and anise coming through and more black cherry and bright red fruits washing over towards the finish that turns floral again right before it becomes all... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Moniker Chardonnay 2014


    Cool and spicy forenote on the nose, this comes in with soft apple, ripe pear and peach notes and floral aromatics. The theme continues on the palate with more cool fruit flavors, zesty spice and full fruited character of apple, peach, lemon and melon with a powerful note of earthiness and oakiness on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Edmeades Shamrock Vineyard Zinfandel Mendocino County 2013


    Dark plum and rich mixed berries on the nose with dried fig and starchy dates with a note of baking spice to boot. This is pleasantly earthy in the mouth but still carries a real depth of fruit, with tart cranberry notes and ripe blackberry notes mixing amidst a full spice box and vanilla bean finish that comes with some red licorice and a touch... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Halcon Alturas Yorkville Highlands 2011


    Some flowers on the noseorange blossom. Thats a first for this wine. Gentle hit of red fruit on introductionhints of red plum, red raspberry, red cherries. I think the plum that I am seeing is in the form of acidic tartness which makes this very drinkable. Medium-bodied. Very tame tannin. A pleasant, if not terribly lengthy, finish. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Redwood Creek 2006


    No written review

    Wine review by JordyB

  • Cabot Pinot Noir Nash Mill Vineyard 2011


    Red plum colorslightly darker than most trendy California PNs you see these days. Interesting fruit flavors on entrysome black cherry but more stone fruit, plum, I guess. Medium-bodied. Fruit is neutralized mid-palate with earthiness and acid. Acid is what really makes this an enjoyable wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

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