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

  • Gewürztraminer

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

  • 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...

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...

  • Elke Vineyards

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

  • Fulcrum Wines

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

  • 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...

  • Navarro Vineyards

    Welcome to Navarro Vineyards. Our family has been growing grapes, making wine and producing non-a...

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Anderson Valley on Snooth

  • Hey, Tom, I've had a couple wines from Barnard Griffin, including a ... de ... ... de Reves Pinot from the Anderson Valley, and 2005 Vina Ardanza, both from the "Coravin" list.  I've had the Vina Ardanza in other vintages (I think the last was 2004, but definitely I've had 2001) and it can be a little bit of a strange beast.  This one was pre... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Apparently this is becoming an underground hit. Not mutated Pinot Noir grapes, ... blurbThere are producers in Anderson Valley, Northern Italy, and Germany experimenting with this, though of course this is nothing new in Champagne (or at Schramsberg Read More

    Forum post in the topic Pinot Noir Blanc?


  • Okay, I'm back from Mexico.  JD guessed right.  It's a 2008 ... with JD between this and an Anderson Valley Pinot that rocked my world.Thanks so much, GregT.Now, complicating everyone else's situation is the presence of two WA wines.  And that off the beaten track NZ Pinot--seriously reminds me that they make some really good stuf Read More

    Forum post in the topic Secret Santa 2015


  • Roederer Estate Brut l'Ermitage Vintage 2005

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    Green apple, yeasty, Stoney aroma and flavors. More fruity and forward with less minerality than a champagne. Good firm structure. The finish is long and structured. Read More

    Wine review by Billdo99


  • Navarro Vineyards Pinot Gris Anderson Valley Mendocino 2012

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    Very tasty Mendocino pinot gris from Navarro. On the nose is a bit of orange marmalade and honey suckle. For a '12 this is still fresh with notes of lemon cream, some tropical fruit, kiwi, lively acidity and a medium finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Husch Vineyards Pinot Noir Anderson Valley Knoll 2005

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    No written review

    Wine review by smuratore


  • Handley Pinot Noir Anderson Valley 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by smuratore


  • Standish Merlot Mendocino Sibbett 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by smuratore


  • Standish Chardonnay Anderson Valley 2005

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    No written review

    Wine review by smuratore


  • Ferrari-Carano Pinot Noir Anderson Valley 2013

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    Floral notes of rose petal with ripe red cherry and red currant. Tart in the mouth with notes of black cherry, licorice and a pop of acidity which shows ahead of some leather and earth.88 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


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