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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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  • Zinfandel

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Merlot

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

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

Popular Wineries in Redwood Valley View all

  • Claudia Springs Winery

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

  • Silversmith Vineyards

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

  • Naughty Boy Vineyard

    Located in a lush and isolated valley, Naughty Boy Vineyards is a 6 acre vineyard where the entir...

  • Elizabeth Vineyards

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

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  • Dirty & Rowdy Rosewood Vineyards Old Vines Carignane 2018


    Something of a funky nose that doesn't seem to be blowing away. Delightful berry fruit on the tongue--blackberry, blueberry. A "big" mouthfeel--almost viscous, Nice tannin and acid. Fun to enjoy tonight, but my remaining stash will stay sideways for quite a while. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Redwood Creek Chardonnay 2012


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    Wine review by marymarchell

  • Redwood Creek Chardonnay 2007


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    Wine review by marymarchell

  • Frey Vineyards Biodynamic Sauvignon Blanc 2014


    Flowery, crisp minerals, guava. Lingering softness on the palate. Read More

    Wine review by bobvree

  • Redwood Creek Pinot Noir 2011


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    Wine review by marymarchell

  • Trader Joe's Reserve Barbera 2014


    Very fruit forward with strong acidity and a tanninless finish. Ripest barbera I have ever drank. Over the top. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher

  • Here's a lot of redwood housing a cellar in the middle of the redwoods. Mill Valley. Gorgeous house, but not sure why they went this route on the wine storage. Once again an architect who doesn't really understand wine is the surmise. Lots of electricity required to keep the wine safe. Cool environment, though, have to admit.  Read More

    Forum post in the topic How not to store wine

  • Redwood Creek Sauvignon Blanc 2011


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    Wine review by eyetalian

  • Redwood Creek 2006


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    Wine review by JordyB

  • Redwood Creek Pinot Grigio California NV


    This is a super value Pinot Gris at under $10, you can't miss this one! Clear, with yellow tinges and even slight grey tones. The aromas are clean, crisp and slightly acidic, with dominant pear, apple and apricot pits. The flavors follow suit, with well rounded acidity on the palate, and robust pear and apple making up the flavor profile. Just s... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage

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