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...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • 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

  • Jim Ball Vineyards

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

  • Londer Vineyards

    We are located approximately 120 miles north of San Francisco, in the southwestern corner of Cali...

  • Mark Moretti Winery

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

  • Navarro Vineyards

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

  • Lazy Creek Vineyards

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

  • 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

  • Champ de Reves Pinot Noir 2010


    Rather seductively perfumed on the nose with lots of underbrush, root beer candy and coriander accents to the core of deep raspberry coulis fruit all topped with a fresh vegetal note that recalls fennel. Rich and chewy in the mouth and endowed with powerful, dark fruit, though this remains transparent on the palate. there are really beautiful fa... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Copain Wine Cellars Pinot Noir Kiser En Bas Anderson Valley 2010


    Offers up a really complex nose with layers of tea leaves, a little fruit cake, raspberries, and a soft nuanced oak vein. Bright in the mouth with gorgeously pure and fresh raspberry fruit that shows impressive depth. This is elegant and faceted in the mouth, really lovely if it lacks the power that some might be looking for. 92pts My third plac... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Roederer Estate Brut Rose NV


    Really good Brut from Anderson Valley. Light, crisp, good acidity balanced with just a hint of sweetness along with nice fruit and subtle toastiness. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • I live and work in the Anderson Valley Wine Country.  I am the tasting room manager for Bink Wines, a small artisanal local winery producing hand crafted high quality wines. Our tasting room is located right outside of the tiny hamlet Philo at 9000 Highway 128.  We are open 7 days a week from 11AM until 5PM.  Our web address is: Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!

  • Welcome, Chelsea.  We are always looking for youngsters to carry on with ... Cucamonga Valley, Temecula, Anderson Valley, and Edna Valley are all local--examples.  And while I certainly agree with your assessment of the three grape varieties that you mentioned, let me suggest a couple more ideas for you.  Please try California Zinfandels and P... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello from California!

  • Here are my notes. Flight 1 '90 Faively Charmes Chambertin Grand ... ... Stunning! My WOTNGuessed Anderson Valley '11 Ceritas CostalinaPurple/ruby, funky dark red fruit, pine needle, citrus peel. Dark fruit, acidic lift, good verve, elegant profile, well balanced.Guessed Sonoma Coast. Tied for my #3 '07 Williams-Selyem WeirRuby/bricking, spicy... Read More

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  • Husch Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc Anderson Valley Late Harvest Postre 2012


    Really nice late harvest sauvignon blanc from Anderson Valley. Semi-sweet, rich but not cloying. Fresh apricot, honey and peach balanced nicely with a touch of spice. Excellent way to finish off a long day. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • I've got about 36 stems and I count 12 people, so that's three ... ... ... AVAs and sub-AVAs (RRV, Anderson Valley, Green Valley and True, right?), JD shipped two Nuits and a Spatburgunder, LP provided an OR/Willamette Valley and David Sharp of WineMine provided a second (in absence--he's running a pinot tasting in the afternoon), Emark and M... Read More

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  • UPDATED! The reveal has begun.Open your packageShare your gift with the ... - ... ... - 2010 Cabot Pinot Noir Anderson Valley JenniferT -  2007 Marques de Riscal Rioja Reserva Greg Dal Piaz - 2008 Scherrer Sonoma County Pinot Noir & 2010 Scherrer RRV Pinot NoirGregT - 2003 Emido Pepe Montepulciano d'AbruzzoLucha Vino - 2010 Bedrock Syrah "T n... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Secret Santa 2013 for wine....

  • OT, I'll definitely be laying down the '10 for a while but with the ... ... Oregon-like Pinots in Anderson Valley.And I'd be remiss if I didn't acknowledge our faithful DD after our tasting at Marimar and La Follette followed by a fine dinner at Zazu in the Barlow (next time we'll make an appt to taste at Wind Gap).  &nbs Read More

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