The Greenest wine growing region in the U.S.!
For a quiet getaway, head North to Mendocino! While we don’t offer a daily group tour, we are happy to take you on a private wine tour to the wonderfully laid back wineries in this up and coming wine region.
The Mendocino County appellation is part of the large North Coast AVA that spreads northward from San Francisco Bay. The title of “Greenest” wine growing region in the US is because Mendocino wine country boasts the highest percentage of organic and sustainably farmed vineyards in the country, with over 25% of the 17,000 acres growing certified organic.
Traditionally, Mendocino wines were consumed locally. More recently, however, modern world-wide distribution has brought international recognition to the wonderful Pinot Noirs and Alsatian whites such as Gewurztraminer or Riesling.
The over-arching “Mendocino County” wine region is home to just ten American Viticulutral Areas (AVAs), including the nation's smallest wine growing region, Cole Ranch which is only one quarter square mile, as well a the most unique, Mendocino Ridge. Also called “Islands in the clouds”, Mendo Ridge has a footprint spanning over a quarter million acres but the Mendocino Ridge AVA itself includes just the tops of the mountains that are at least 1,200 ft in elevation with less than 2,000 acres of total vineyards.
Most of the wineries we visit are within the Anderson Valley- think cool Pinot and crisp Gewurtz, or the Hopland area near Ukiah where you’ll find full bodied cabs and light bodied zins. We highly recommend staying in Ukiah, Boonville, Cloverdale, or Mendocino for the full Mendocino Wine Country experience as it can take a bit of time to travel to or from these regions; you’re only 20 minutes from Cloverdale to Hopland, but it’s almost 3 hours to drive from San Francisco to Anderson Valley!
Sleep next to the ocean, or breakfast in the vineyards!
It’s all farm to table dining in Mendocino!
Virgin Redwood groves, majestic coastlines, Mendocino is much more than wine country!