Describing Mendocino as “America’s Greenest Wine Region,” the local farmers, grape growers and winemakers remain at the forefront of the sustainable, organic movements. The County has the highest percentage of acres farmed by sustainable, organic, and biodynamic disciplines.
Encompassing a rolling patchwork of vineyards, quaint farms and 13,000 acres of scenic parkland, Wine Country doesn't get more real than Sonoma Valley, whose rich soils mark the birthplace of California's wine industry.
Russian River Valley is not only abundant with grape growing and winemaking; it is also rich in history—both geological and man-made. This history makes it a special place to grow grapes, to make wine, to live or to visit.
Recognized as one of the "Great Wine Capitals of the World," The Napa Valley is prized for its natural beauty, phenomenal culinary scene, world-class accommodations, and one-of-a-kind spa experiences including the region's famed mud baths and mineral hot springs.
Livermore wineries vary in size from limited release, 100-case labors of love to 400,000-case industry heavyweights. Welcoming tasting rooms showcase award-winning wines and offer year around activities.
The Santa Cruz Mountains enjoys a proximity to the ocean and the benefits of its coastal climate: warm days, cool nights, coastal fog in the morning, and soft breezes by afternoon to dry the vines without stressing them – all so important to growing premium Pinot Noir.
Monterey Coast: the name conjures up visions of Carmel and Big Sur, of Steinbeck and Cannery Row, and of Pebble Beach. Today, Monterey County is also becoming famous as one of the best places internationally to grow winegrapes.
Paso Robles winemakers and wine grape growers are in accord when they say “Quality wine begins in the vineyard.” Paso Robles wines tend to be deeply colored and rich due to the intensity of the sun, with fairly bright acidity due to the cool nights.
Wine growing in San Luis Obispo County stretches back to the missionary days of California viticulture, when the first grapevines were planted by the Franciscan padres who settled California in the 1880s.
Santa Barbara wine grapes now command among the highest prices anywhere in the state. Many of the areas planted with wine grapes are mixed in with the rolling hills, ancient oak trees, oil fields, cattle ranches, and natural areas.
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