Mendocino County Wine Region
Visit wineries in the world’s greenest vineyard region. More vineyards in Mendocino County are sustainable, organic, biodynamic or fish friendly farming than any other vineyard area in the world. Many multi-generational family farms are located in the county some tracing their history back to the settlement in the county during the 1850’s. There is a close connection between the earth and people that has led Mendocino County to become “America’s Greenest Wine Region.”
More than 340 winegrape growers grow grapes for over 100 wineries. Over 28% of the county’s winegrapes are certified organic. The most common white varieties include Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Gewürztraminer, Viognier and Chenin Blanc. While the most common red varieties include Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Merlot, Syrah and Carignane.
Mendocino County AVA’s
Mendocino County is within the larger North Coast Appellation. There is also a Mendocino County Appellation. Within the Mendocino County Appellation there are approved AVA’s.
Cole Ranch is America’s smallest AVA consisting of 189 acres.
Mendocino Ridge is not a contiguous land mass. It includes vineyards above 1,200 feet in elevation. When the fog fills the valleys these areas look like islands in the sky since most of the vineyards are above the fog.
Wineries visited that are:
Demeter Certified Biodynamics
Paul Dolan Vineyards
Barra of Mendocino Winery
McNab Ridge Winery
Fish Friendly Farming
McDowell Valley Vineyards
Nelson Family Vineyards
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