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

  • Navarro Vineyards Muscat Anderson Valley Cluster Select Late Harvest 2011


    Excellent muscat late harvest from Mendocino. Dried apricot, sweet and acidic but not cloying. Nice long finish with a bit of citrus and some floral notes. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Parducci Pinot Noir 2010


    Candied and licorice scented on first sniff with a medicinal edge to the earthy, dusty aromas of candied cranberry and wild cherry. Bright and focused in the mouth, this starts off with easy to like bright red flavors and gains some nice wood spice and gently floral notes in the mouth with a light citrus rind framing note. The finish is clean if... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Now for something completely different. A new wine, first release, just picked ... Donnelly Creek Pinot Noir - Anderson Valley, Pax Mahle winemaker, 12.7%abv, notes to com Read More

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  • 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

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  • 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

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