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...

  • Syrah

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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

  • Handley Cellars

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

  • Golden Cellars

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

  • McFadden Vineyard

    McFadden Vineyard has been family owned and operated since 1970 in Potter Valley, where Guinness ...

  • Harmonique

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

  • Navarro Vineyards

    Welcome to Navarro Vineyards. Our family has been growing grapes, making wine and producing non-a...

  • 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

  • Eppa White Sangria Organic NV

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    Wine review by knolld


  • Hi All,My family winery, Terra Sávia, is hosting a sparkling wine ... ... ... wine festival showcasing Mendocino County producers. It's our third year in a row and is a great way to kick off Spring! Click here for more info and to purchase tickets.Participating WineriesCampovida (New Participant!)Graziano Family WinesMcFadden VineyardsNelson V... Read More

    Forum post in the topic 3rd-Annual Mendocino...


  • Thanks guys. The Lulu was excellent. Light watermelon, great acidity and a ... ... Ranch and Gibson Ranch in Mendocino County. Glad I bought a case. The Crane was an '11 MJET. Showing the leanness of the vintage but in Mike's case it made it great with the Tri-Tip as it still has sufficient heft. A double decant 6 hrs earlier was insufficient ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Dashe Dry Riesling 2014

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    Wine review by Mr Dolce


  • Halcon Pinot Noir Oppenlander Vineyard 2014

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    More red than purple in color. A lot of light passing through. Light nose of red fruit. Cherry/strawberry on the tip of the tongue, but, again, quite light. Something of a dusty character. Fairy stern acid detected around the edges of the tongue. A hint of a nutty thing going on mid- to back palate. Maybe its the youth, but, as much as an... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Navarro Vineyards White Blend Mendocino County Edelzwicker 2013

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    Nice and inexpensive Mendocino white blend of Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer, Riesling and Muscat. There's not as much aromatics, as I'd expect for this blend. From the glass there is some nice notes of tangerine, ripe peach, a nice creamy texture, medium acidity and a medium finish. Very good QPR. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Redwood Creek Mendoza Malbec 2011

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    Wine review by Khriz


  • Bonterra Chardonnay 2013

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    Wine review by ellatnyc


  • Halcon Alturas Yorkville Highlands 2012

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    Red fruit on the nose. On the tip of the tongue, there is a hit of red raspberry, but modulated by plum flavors. A savory wine. I would describe the tannins as moderate, at most. There is plenty of acid, though. So, this is, certainly, an age-worthy wine. Something of a mineral thing going on way in the back of the palate. Very pleasant, ... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Alesia Alder Springs Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012

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    Fairly light-bodiedprobably falls into the AFWE mold. Light hit of red fruit on entry. Some supporting tannin, but not much. Same for acidits there, but not over the top. An easy to drink winewith or without accompanying food. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


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