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

  • Merlot

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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...

  • 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 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...

  • 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 ...

  • Yorkville Cellars

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

  • Buckeye Winery

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

  • 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

  • Elizabeth Spencer Sauvignon Blanc Mendocino 2012


    No written review

    Wine review by pboss

  • Carol Shelton Wines Rosé Blend Mendocino County Rendezvous Rosé 2011


    nice aroma, excellent mouth feel, no harsh aftertaste. good drinkability. will tell more later. deep ruby at the rim. Read More

    Wine review by dannyboy50

  • Parducci Coro Mendocino 2007


    Really nice Mendocino red blend of zinfandel, syrah and petite sirah. Loads of dark fruit, not too ripe plum, a touch of black licorice, and an earthy nose. There's a good bite of acidity making this very food friendly. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Trinitas Old Vine Zinfandel 2009


    Rich in texture and power but subtle in its flavor delivery. Nice wild berry notes with sage and herbal flavors throughout. Tasty.89 pts.9/15/13 at Trinitas Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile

  • Trinitas Mysterium 2010


    Dark with black and purple fruits. Good acidity. Nice.87 pts.9/15/13 at Trinitas Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile

  • Chateau Montelena Riesling 2011


    Absolutely fantastic California riesling. Fresh tropical fruit, slight petrol, great balance, only slightly sweet but very delicious. This went great with our spicy asian meal. Great QPR! Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Parducci Small Lot Blend Chardonnay 2010


    Nice middle of the road chardonnay from Mendocino. Not much (if any) oak, nice light citrus flavor with a touch of the stone fruit on the back end. Not overly complex but a real nice quaff for the price. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Walt Pinot Noir Anderson Valley Blue Jay 2010


    $34.15 2013 Tamura wine tasting. Excellent Read More

    Wine review by Wine Surfer

  • Navarro Vineyards Muscat Anderson Valley Cluster Select Late Harvest 2011


    Excellent muscat late harvest from Mendocino. Dried apricot, sweet and acidic but not cloying. Nice long finish with a bit of citrus and some floral notes. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Parducci Pinot Noir Reserve 2010


    Candied and licorice scented on first sniff with a medicinal edge to the earthy, dusty aromas of candied cranberry and wild cherry. Bright and focused in the mouth, this starts off with easy to like bright red flavors and gains some nice wood spice and gently floral notes in the mouth with a light citrus rind framing note. The finish is clean if... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

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