California has become not
simply the best wine-producing region of the country,
but its wines now rival the finest wines produced
anywhere in the world. California wines combine
a rich European tradition with a drive for innovation
and improvement that’s typically American.
While once confined primarily to Northern California’s
famous Napa/Sonoma wine region, California is
now literally covered with wineries spanning the
length of the state. From Mendocino and Lake Counties
in the north to Temecula and San Diego Counties
in the south, to the Sierra foothills in the east
and all the coastal regions in between, California
is truly a wine lover’s paradise.
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Southern California –
With their rolling hills covered with vineyards,
the Temecula Valley and San Diego hills get ocean
breezes through a gap in the coastal mountains
that create a unique micro-climate that produces
some very fine wines. These wineries are currently
producing a broad variety of both red and white
Central Coast – This area
encompasses the coastal region from Paso Robles
in the north down to Santa Barbara. The primary
viticultural zones include Central Coast, Edna
Valley, Arroyo Grande Valley, Paso Robles, York
Mountain, Santa Maria Valley and Santa Ynez Valley.
Central Valley & Sierra Foothills
– The Sierra Foothills wineries are located
in Amador, El Dorado, Calaveras, Mariposa, Tuolumne,
Nevada and Yuba Counties, but the area that seems
to be growing the most is the Central Valley region,
including wineries in the Lodi and Stockton area.
The Sierra Foothills and Central Valley have vastly
different climates and consequently produce very
Monterey, Santa Cruz & Santa Clara
– Wrapping around the Monterey Bay are the
Santa Cruz Mountains, Santa Clara & Monterey
wine zones. This region makes some very nice Pinot
Noir and Chardonnay as well as other varietals.
Livermore Valley – The
Livermore Valley is approximately 15 miles long
and ten miles wide. The climate of the valley
is perfect for producing excellent Sauvignon Blanc,
Cabernet Sauvignon and Semillon grape varieties.
The effect of the surrounding mountains and coastal
fogs also creates individual microclimates within
the valley favoring cooler region grapes including
Chardonnay and Merlot.
Sonoma Valley – Sonoma
is less crowded than its Napa Valley neighbor
and has some wonderful wineries of its own to
visit. Some of the key winery locations include
Carneros, Sonoma, Glen Ellen, Kenwood, the Russian
River Valley, Green Valley, Dry Creek Valley,
Knights Valley and the Alexander Valey.
Napa Valley – The Napa
Valley is the most famous of California's wine
producing regions, and produces everything from
fine Cabernet Sauvignon to Chardonnay to Ports.
The valley is literally carpeted with wineries,
with the principal sub-regions being Napa, Yountville,
Oakville, Rutherford, St. Helena and Calistoga.
Lake & Mendocino Counties
- Wineries in Mendocino are located in three clusters
- Redwood Valley, Hopland and Anderson Valley.
Lake County vineyards are planted throughout county;
from the valley floor up the foothills into the
shadows of Mt. Konocti. Chardonnay, Sauvignon
Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet
Franc are just some of the premium varietals planted
in this region.