Anderson Valley Wine

Anderson Valley AVA is located within Mendocino County in the North Coast region of California. It’s considered one of the coolest regions in the state, with dense areas of fog, cool winds and rain, with just enough sun to favor conditions for a long growing season, leading to balanced acid structure in the grapes. 

Anderson Valley is named for a mid 1800s pioneer family who isolated themselves from the rest of the frontier packs and were drawn to the valley’s natural beauty, fertile grounds and abundant wildlife. Soon, other settlers, mainly the Swiss and those from the Eastern US, came to join them. Most early attempts at wine-making failed due to cold and frost conditions near the valley floor. It wasn’t until the 1890s that an influx of Italian immigrants found their to the valley and settled in the Greenwood Ridge section, which is considerably higher, sunnier and warmer than the lower parts of the valley. These immigrants are credited with starting the practice of commercial Read more »

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Varietals Produced in Anderson Valley 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...

  • Gewürztraminer

    Gewürztraminer’s direct and obvious charm has made it a popular varietal in almost every corner of the wine world. Ex...

  • 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...

Popular Wineries in Anderson Valley View all

  • Lazy Creek Vineyards

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

  • Greenwood Ridge Vineyards

    Since 1980, Greenwood Ridge Vineyards has developed a reputation for producing award-winning esta...

  • Elke Vineyards

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

  • Anthill Farms Winery

    We're very excited to offer you our 2006 wines. It's sometimes hard for us to believe that this v...

  • Harmonique

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

  • Handley Cellars

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

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Anderson Valley on Snooth

  • EM - Yes, we visited Navarro back in 2012.  They mostly do white wines ... ... and scroll down to 'Anderson Valley Wineries' to see some pictures from Navarro Vineyards:  http://www.bigal-computers.net/wine-country.p Read More

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  • Have you visited Navarro, Al?  Peggy and I very much enjoy love the Anderson Valley.  While there are too many choices in California, the drive from thruough the redwoods from Philo to the ocean has to be one of the most beautiful that I have found.  Meanwhile, it's a big racing weekend for us.Later today we'll be planted in front of the TV watc... Read More

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  • Today we're enjoying a 2009 Navarro Pinot Noir from the Anderson Valley.  It tastes like heaven, which is a good thing because my Big Al's Computer LAN party starts up in 29 minutes and at that time all hell will break loose.  If you're a gamer, you know what I mean!  Read More

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  • Copain Pinot Noir Tous Ensemble 2011

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    Not a particularly well-balanced wine but very interesting and positive for the price. Delicate but assertive, the nose has some funk and leathery aspects that contrast with the juicy mouth feel. Not overly-fruity but juicy with some tart notes. Finishes where it started with oak and vanilla. Quite a ride! Read More

    Wine review by Nathan P


  • Roederer Estate Brut l'Ermitage Vintage 2005

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    Very nice bubbles from Mendocino - Roederer Estate. Nice yeasty, biscuit with a touch of dried apricot. Tight bubbles, nice acidity and a medium finish, there's a lot to like here. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • This is one steely Chard from Lioco. Could be the most subtle new world ... ... 12.3% stated alcohol, from Anderson Valle Read More

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  • Goldeneye Anderson Valley Vin Gris of Pinot Noir 2012

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    Really enjoyed this Rose of Pinot from (Duckhorn) Goldeneye in Mendocino. Loads of bright red and bing cherry, a bit of strawberry/rhubarb, nice acidity and a decent finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • EM - that 2007 Goldeneye Pinot Noir must have been a tasty treat.  My wife ... Gewurztraminer (also from Anderson Valley, but the Mendocino area) with her swordfish fillet that she grilled next to my steak. &nbs Read More

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  • Goldeneye Anderson Valley Pinot Noir 2007

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    Pretty, red translucence in the glass. Very gentle, close to earthy, maybe, mushroomy nose. Very light on the tongue. Thankfully, does not blast me with cherry flavor at the tip of the tongue. It definitely firms up as it moves past the tongue and palate. The initial lightness frightened me, at first, but in the back of the mouth firm tann... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Uh,"Good lately? Wilde Farm Donnelley Creek AV, Holdredge Shaken Not ... ... Donnelley Creek vineyard in Anderson Valley. The wines are made by PAX MAHLE, well known in geeky wine circles for his early PAX wines, Wind Gap, and other highly-regarded projects. A very small project, we are one of the very few retailers in the country to have acce... Read More

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