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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, nearly 25% of the Mendocino’s plantings are organic. Microclimates within its large growing areas allow for a vast array of grapes, from cool-climate varietals such as Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Gewurtztraminer, Riesling and Pinot Gris and warm-weather standards such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Petit Syrah and Zinfandel. 
 
Mendocino County is further subdivided into the following regions:
-Anderson Valley
-Covelo
-Dos Rios
-Mendocino
-Mendocino Ridge
– Description from Amanda Schuster

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The Mendocino County appellation is part of the large North Coast AVA that spreads northward from San Francisco Bay. Due to its remote location, the county’s reputation as a grape and wine-producing region was slow to develop. Traditionally, Mendocino wines were consumed locally. More recently, however, modern world-wide distribution has brought international recognition. Long famous for its redwood forests, today Mendocino County is the world leader in certified organically-grown grapes. There are over 15,000 acres of vineyards in the County, with 25% of them growing certified organic grapes. Given the increasing popularity of organic products generally, it is inevitable that demand for organically-produced wines will also rise...and so will the Mendocino star! – Description from Appellation America (view original content)

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