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

  • Mark Moretti Winery

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

  • Handley Cellars

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

  • Buckeye Winery

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

  • Lolonis Winery

    Welcome to Lolonis Winery! For over 20 years our family has been producing handcrafted, organical...

  • Bink Wines

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

  • Jim Ball Vineyards

    The idea for Jim Ball Vineyards began over 27 years ago. Traveling the West Coast for the first t...

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Mendocino County on Snooth

  • 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

  • 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

  • Belle Glos Pinot Noir Rose Oeil de Perdrix Mendocino County Yorkville Highlands Caymus 2012


    Decent rose of pinot noir. Subtle red cherry, a bit of acidity although a bit lighter than I care for. Nice deck wine but for the price I expect a bit more flavor even for a rose. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Rhys Pinot Noir Anderson Valley Bearwallow Vineyard 2011


    Not a terribly dark color, which is what I would expect from a PN. Some fruity and some earthy or grassy aromas. Very easy introduction on the tongue. I then get the cherry that I always get with PN, but I have to say this is not as "in your face" as most examples. The thing I think I like about this one over most PNs is that it does have a ... Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Roederer Estate Champagne Blend Anderson Valley Brut NV


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    Wine review by Maija987

  • NG is actually a fan of almost all of LIOCO's wines.  I got the email ... that mentioned an area of Mendocino county where the growers (grapes and otherwise), were going to receive NO water, in order to save it for the homes.  Very sa Read More

    Forum post in the topic No I'm not trying to rub it in.

  • From the "Even a blind squirrel finds a nut now and then" file come ... come ... of Carignane from Mendocino County while lunch was being set up and we mingled getting to know the rest of the participants.2013 LIOCO 'Indica' Rosé of Carignane Mendocino County - Nose of strawberry, green tea and fresh baked meringue. Light strawberry, mineral ... Read More

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  • Stark Wine Company Carignane Trimble Vineyard 2012


    My 1/8, the groups 5/8 Jammy and fruity on the nose with attractive gingerbread oak tones working well with violet, cocoa, and chocolate-laced wild berry fruit aromas. Bright, clean and fresh in the mouth with gorgeous berry fruit and a suggestion of watermelon freshness that shows fine purity and expresses the violets and chocolate found on th... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Bonterra Vineyards Chardonnay Mendocino County 2011


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    Wine review by mpe1

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