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...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Harmonique

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

  • Buckeye Winery

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

  • Golden Cellars

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

  • Londer Vineyards

    We are located approximately 120 miles north of San Francisco, in the southwestern corner of Cali...

  • Handley Cellars

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

  • Roederer Estate

    Founded in 1982, Roederer Estate winery is nestled in Mendocino County's cool, fog-shrouded An...

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Mendocino County on Snooth

  • 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

  • Anaba Alder Springs Vyd Mendocino 2010


    Great Surprise, even more so because I cannot remember how I received this Wine. Lovely, well rounded and big and silky in the mouth. Great blend of stone fruit, a hint of smoke, some oak, then - a swelling sweet cream with just a bit of vanilla taste...lingering on and on. Had this alone, but suspect it would pair perfectly with any number of ... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

  • Idlewild Grenache Gris Gibson Ranch Mcdowell Valley 2013


    Fermented on skins and stems, carbonic start for a lifted character, then foot tread 10 days before pressing, finish in SS, four months in neutral wood Lots of red fruit emerges on the nose which shows a floral, rather high toned character and sweet orchard and citrus fruit aromas. There gorgeous texture to this on the palate, rich, almost chewy... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Shooting Star Zinfandel Mendocino County 2009


    Jammy blackberry flavors. Read More

    Wine review by BeautifulCalamity

  • Edmeades Winery Zinfandel Mendocino County Shamrock Vineyard 2010


    Fantastic Mendocino zin! A touch of vanilla on the nose, dark chocolate covered black cherries on the palate with just a hint of salinity and acidity to make your mouth water. This is full of dark fruits but not jammy or over drawn. Although this big red comes in at 16% abv, it's not hot, but well balanced and definitely a keeper. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

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