Snows Lake Vineyard

(707) 994-9444 PO Box 600
Lower Lake, CA 95457
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Wine and food have been intertwined in the Snows Lake Vineyard story for more than a century. It is truly a part of California history. The vineyard itself contains many small mementos that point to the larger story of grape growing in the Red Hills region of the Mayacamas Mountains in Lake County. Although it never had a railroad within its borders, Lake County had a flourishing wine industry before Prohibition. In the early 1900s there were more than 7,000 acres of grapes planted and 36 wineries. Fruit grower David Voight was the first to plant vines and make wine in Lake County in 1872. Although the county claimed 600 acres in grapes in 1884, his was the only commercial winery in the county. A wealthy Englishman, George Wrey, who owned coal mines in Scotland, a sheep ranch in Australia and an orange grove in Florida came to Lake County in the 1880s. He bought 5,000 acres of land two miles south of Lower Lake, on the road to Middletown. Wrey planted 100 acres of vines and planned to make and bottle Read more »

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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Zinfandel

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

  • Syrah

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

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