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

  • Elke Vineyards

    Elke Vineyards is comprised of about 80 acres at Donnelly Creek in Anderson Valley, and about 18 ...

  • Lazy Creek Vineyards

    Lazy Creek Vineyards is named for the meandering creek that runs through the 95-acre ranch locate...

  • Silversmith Vineyards

    Tom Johnson Managing Partner A member of the fourth generation of his family to farm in Mendocin...

  • Fulcrum Wines

    The real impetus for Fulcrum Wines is to produce California Pinot Noirs that are in balance for c...

  • 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

  • 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

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  • 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

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  • Dashe Dry Riesling 2014


    No written review

    Wine review by Mr Dolce

  • Halcon Pinot Noir Oppenlander Vineyard 2014


    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


    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


    No written review

    Wine review by Khriz

  • Bonterra Chardonnay 2013


    No written review

    Wine review by ellatnyc

  • Halcon Alturas Yorkville Highlands 2012


    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


    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

  • Halcon Alturas Yorkville Highlands 2011


    Much better than my experience with this wine a year ago. Nose of dried fruit and of black pepper. On the tongue, the dried fruit shows upapricot, prune, maybe, cranberry. Towards mid-palate earthiness, meatiness and some heat emerges. Acid suggests lemon. Quite firm, but, certainly, not upfront tannin. Lengthy, pleasant finish. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

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