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The Redwood Valley AVA is a subregion of Mendocino in California’s North Coast. The region benefits from higher ridges and cooler temperatures than other parts of Mendocino, with the picturesque Russian River running through it. It also has its own distinct soil types, characterized by intense red color, alluvial clay and loam. All of these features make it an ideal location for grape-growing, allowing for a long growing season and desirable balance in the wines. 

Early settlers first began to plant vineyards in the 1870s. By the end of the century, the wines had garnered a significant reputation and had attracted many wine-makers. Unfortunately, as with most nearby regions, Phylloxera and the Prohibition presented a double-whammy effect that forced many wineries to shut down and pursue other crops. 
 
The Lolonis family was one of the first to emerge from this period to replant and redirect wine production, and by the 1950s, more than 4000 acres of land were devoted to vineyards Read more »

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  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • 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...

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  • Silversmith Vineyards

    Tom Johnson Managing Partner A member of the fourth generation of his family to farm in Mendocin...

  • Elizabeth Vineyards

    Redwood Valley covers about 35 square miles and its wineries and vineyards produce premium to ult...

  • Claudia Springs Winery

    Claudia Springs Winery was founded in 1989 by Bob and Claudia Klindt in the picturesque Anderson ...

  • Lolonis Winery

    Welcome to Lolonis Winery! For over 20 years our family has been producing handcrafted, organical...

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