MENDOCINO COUNTY*    @Entire County

  • WHITE= Chardonnay 28%, Charbono, Chenin Blanc, Colombard, Cortese, Friulano, Gewurztraminor, Muscat, Riesling, Rousanne, Pinot Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Viognier
  • RED= Cabernet Sauvignon 17%, Pinot Noir 12%, Barbara, Cabernet Franc, Carmenere, Carignan, Charbono, Counoise, Dolcetto, Gamay, Grenache, Malbec, Merlot, Mourvèdre, Nebbiolo, Petit Verdot, Petite Sirah, Primitivo, Sangiovese, Syrah, Valdiguie, Zinfandel
  • GEOGRAPHY- STATE-California(North-West), COUNTY-Mendocino
    • BORDERS– Sonoma County(South), Lake County(East)
    • Sub-Zones/ AVA.’s Anderson Valley AVA., Cole Ranch AVA., Eagle Peak AVA., Mendocino Ridge AVA., McDowell  Valley AVA., Pine Mountain Cloverdale Peak AVA.(Laps), Potter Valley AVA., Redwood Valley AVA., Yorkville Highlands AVA.
  • VITICULTURE Wine Produced In “MENDOCINO COUNTY” Non-Conforming to AVA.
    • Estates/ Producers-(Not Located In Delimited AVA.)-Baxter, Bonterra, Graziano, Hidden Cellars, Jaxon Keys, Jeriko, Knez, Kivel Stadt, Minus Tide, Parducci, Pax Mahle, Ryme, Saracina, Waits-Mast
    • Vineyards-(Not Located In Delimited AVA.)- Bartolomei, Berry(HVS.), Bliss, Blue Heron, Buddha’s Dharma, Butler Ranch, Claire’s, Colombini(HVS.), Comptche Ridge, Cooley Ranch, Cox, Demuth, Docker Hill, Eagle Point Ranch, Enlightenment Mountain, Feliz Creek(HVS.), Fox Hill, Fred & Dora, Gibson Ranch(HVS.), Hopland Ranches, McNab Ranch(371ac.), Oppenlander, Perli(HVS.), Piffero(HVS.), Populis(HVS.), Recetti(HVS.), Sanel, Testa, Venturi, Wentzel, Zeni(HVS.)

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MENDOCINO* AVA.     @Ukiah

  • WHITE=   |   RED= “Almost Everything”, **Refer to AVA. For Varietal Information %.
  • GEOGRAPHY- California, REGION-Mendocino, COUNTY-Mendocino, @Hw.#20/ #101/ #128/ #253
    • North of Sonoma County, “Multi-Appellation”LATITUDE: 39.1° N
    • Sub-AVA.’s- Anderson Valley AVA., Cole Ranch AVA., McDowell Valley AVA., Potter Valley AVA., Redwood Valley AVA., Yorkville Highlands AVA.
  • TOPOGRAPHY- “Flat/ Rolling/ Hilly”, SLOPES/ Coast Range
    • On~Russian~River~Pacific~Ocean~
  • SOILS- ”Metamorphic”, “Volcanic“, ”Sedimentary”, Gravel-loam, Scree
    • Redvines Series
  • CLIMATE- “Mediterranean With Maritime Influences, +RAIN: 51 in./ yr.
    • Summers– Cool Coast, Warm Inland   |   Winters– Cold, Rain
  • VINICULTURE- 17,000 ac. Planted
  • CULTURE-   GASTRONOMY…Dungeness Crab  |   CHEESE…Chanterelle


  • WHITE= Albarino, Chardonnay, Gruner Veltliner, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc
  • RED= Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Zinfandel
  • GEOGRAPHY- California, REGION-Mendocino, COUNTY-Mendocino, @Hw.#253
    • (36mi. Long),  Non-Contiguous(12)”, On~Pacific~Ocean~(Near/ 9mi.)
    • Sub-Zones- Fish Rock Ridge, Greenwood Ridge, Manchester Ridge, Signal Ridge
  • TOPOGRAPHY- Rolling/ Hilly, Above/ Between Anderson Valley & Pacific Ocean
    • SLOPES/ Coast Range/ Mendocino Ridges, +Alt. Above 1,200 ft.(Vines to 1,900 ft.)
  • SOILS- Metamorphic, SedimentarySandstone, Shale
  • CLIMATE- Mediterranean With Maritime INFLUENCED/ Fog, Elevation, Many Micro Climates
  • VITICULTURE- 84,400 ac./ 233 acPlanted
    • Estates/ Producers- Arista, Baxter(E.), Carlisle, Dashe, Drew(E.), Dutch, Ferrari-Carano, Greenwood Ridge(E.), Kutch, Mariah, Phillips Hill(E.), Wentworth, Woodenhead
    • Vineyard- Arietta-Dupratt, Baker Ranch(5ac.), Ciapusci(HVS./1878/10ac.), Copper Queen(4ac.), DuPratt(HVS./1916/12ac.), Faite de Mer Farm, Field Station Ranch, Fashauer, Francis(9ac.), Gianoli, Greenwood Ridge(11ac.), Highlands, Manchester Ridge(29ac.), Mariah, Perli(39ac.), Philo Crest, Sky High Ranch, Signal Ridge, Valenti, Waits-Mast, Wentworth(6.5ac.), Zeni
  • HISTORY- 1878- First Vines Planted by Italian Immigrants.
    • 1997AVA. Officially Established
  • CULTURE- Referred to “Islands In the Sky” Referring to the Way the Not-Contiguous Vineyards Sit Above the Fog.


  • WHITE= Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer, Riesling, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Grigio
  • RED= Counoise, Pinot Noir, Petite Syrah, Zinfandel
  • GEOGRAPHY– California, REGION-Mendocino, COUNTY-Mendocino, @Hw.#128
    • In Mendocino AVA.,  North of San Francisco-City(100 mi.), LATITUDE: 39° ‘N’
    • On~Coast/ Pacific~Ocean~(Near/ 10-15 Miles)  (15 mi. Long & 2 mi. Wide)
    • CITIES– Boonville, Elk, Mendocino, Navarro, Philo
  • TOPOGRAPHY– “Flat/ Rolling/ Hilly/ Valley(Anderson-‘Transverse)”
    • East of Mendocino Mountain Range, +Alt.2,000 ft.
    • On~Anderson/ Rancherias/ Indian/ Soda Creeks~Tributaries~Navarro~River~
    • Sub-Zones- DEEP END– Cooler North-Western Valley Closer to Pacific Ocean
      •  WEST RIDGE         EAST RIDGE           BOON   
  • SOILS=Metamorphic“, “Sedimentary”, Terraces Along Navarro River/ Tributaries
  • CLIMATE=Mediterranean WithMaritime  Influences, Coolest AVA. In Mendocino
  • VITICULTURE– 2,040 acPlanted
  • VINICULTURE– Sparkling- Roederer, Scharffenberber, Lichen
    • Estates/ Producers– Ant Hill, Balo, Domaine Anderson, Drew, Edmeades, Fel, Foursight, Father & Daughters, Goldeneye, Greenwood Ridge, Handley, Husch, Jason Drew, Kosta Browne, Lazy Creek, Lichen(Sparkling), Lioco, Littorai, Long Meadow Ranch(68ac.), Lulu, Navarro, Roederer(Sparking/ Co-National), Rudius, Scharffenberger(Sparkling), Spell, Toulouse, Waits-Mast
      Vineyards– Abel, Akins Family, Alder Springs, Cerise, Charles, Confluence, Dach(17ac.), Day Ranch, Deer Meadows, Demuth, Donnelly Creek, Edmeades, Ferrari-Carano, Ferrington, Gowan Creek, Green Ranch, Hacienda Secoya, Kiser, Maggy Hawk, Moonglow, Morning Dew, The Narrows, Pinoli, Romani, Roma’s, Savoy, Skycrest, Slow Lopen, Wending, Wentzel, Wiley
    • ASSOCIATIONS~  ~Anderson Valley Winegrowers~
      • Mission~ Supporting the Region Grape Growers and Wineries While Promoting the Regions Wines.
      • ~Walter & Rhoda Anderson~ 1851, Planted Vineyard In Anderson Valley
      • ~Dr. Donald Edmeades~  Lead a Modern Movement of Wine Producers.
      • ~Tony & Gretchen Husch~ Lead a Modern Movement of Wine Producers
    • FESTIVALS~ ~International Alsace Varietals Festival~ (February)
      • ~Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Festival~ (May)


  • WHITE= Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Symphony, Viognier
  • RED= Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Camernere, Malbec, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Pinot Noir, Syrah
  • GEOGRAPHY- California, REGION-Mendocino, COUNTY-Mendocino, In Mendocino AVA.,  @Hw.#128
  • TOPOGRAPHY- “Rolling/ Hilly”, SLOPES/ Coast Range, +Alt.2,200 ft.
  • SOILS- Metamorphic, Gravel
  • CLIMATE- Mediterranean WithMaritime Influences
  • VITICULTURE- 401 acPlanted
    • Estates/ Producers– Judson Hale, Lone Oak, Maple Creek, Meyer Family, Pendleton, Theopolis, Ve Vin, Yorkville Cellars
    • Vineyards- Cot, Halcom, Randle Hill, Rennie, Valenti Ranch, Wattle Creek, Weir


  • WHITE= Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc
  • RED= Pinot Noir
  • GEOGRAPHY- California, REGION-Mendocino, COUNTY-Mendocino
    • In Mendocino AVA.(North), BORDERS: Redwood Valley AVA.(South-East), @Hw.#101
  • TOPOGRAPHY- “Rolling/ Hilly”, SLOPES/ ?, +Alt.3,200 ft.
  • SOILS- “Metamorphic, Gravel
  • CLIMATE- Mediterranean With Maritime Influences
  • VITICULTURE- 26,260 ac./ 120 acPlanted
    • Estates/ Producers- Masut
    • Vineyards Golden, Linholme, Sea Biscuit South, Turan,

REDWOOD VALLEY* AVA.     @Redwood Valley

  • WHITE= Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc
  • RED= Barbera, Carignane, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Merlot, Mourvedre, Petite Sirah, Pinot Noir, Sangiovese, Syrah, Valdiguie, Zinfandel
  • GEOGRAPHY- California, REGION-Mendocino, COUNTY-Mendocino, @Hw.#101
    • In Mendocino AVA.(North)
  • TOPOGRAPHY- “Rolling/ Hilly/ Valley(Redwood)”, SLOPES/ ?, +Alt. 400 ft.
    • On~Lake~Mendocino~
  • SOILS- Metamorphic
  • CLIMATE- Mediterranean With Maritime Influences
  • VITICULTURE- ? acPlanted
    • America First Certified Biodynamic Producer (Frey Vineyards)
    • Mendocino Has an Extensive Culture of Organic and Biodynamic Agricultural
    • Estates/ Producers- Barra, Chance Creek, Cole Bailey, Elizabeth, Farmstrong(Nat.Pro.), Fetzer, Folk Machine, Fife, Frey*, Girasole, Giuseppe, Lolonis, Masut, Oster
    • Vineyards- Hawkeye Ranch, Home Ranch, Lolonis(106ac.), Martinson Ranch, Pauli Ranch, Redwood Valley(HVS.), Rosewood, Silversmith

POTTER VALLEY AVA.      @Potter Valley

  • WHITE= Chardonnay, Gewurztraminor, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc
  • RED= Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir
  • GEOGRAPHY– California, REGION-Mendocino, COUNTY-Mendocino, @Hw.#20
    • In Mendocino AVA.(North)
  • TOPOGRAPHY- “Rolling/ Valley(Potter)”, SLOPES/ ?, +Alt.1,000 ft.
  • SOILS- Metamorphic“, ”Sedimentary”, +DIURANAL SHIFTS(+35°)
  • CLIMATE- Mediterranean WithMaritime Influence, Many Micro Climates
  • VITICULTURE- 86 acPlanted
    • Estates/ Producers- Blue Quail, Kimmel, McFadden(Blue Quail), Manoir Girard, Naughty Boy

COLE RANCH AVA.      @Ukiah

  • WHITE= Chardonnay, Riesling
  • RED= Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
  • GEOGRAPHY- California, REGION-Mendocino, COUNTY-Mendocino, @Hw.#253
    • In Mendocino AVA.
  • TOPOGRAPHY- “Flat/ Rolling”, SLOPES/ ?, +Alt.1,600 ft.-1,800 ft.
  • SOILS- “Metamorphic
  • CLIMATE- Mediterranean With Maritime Influences
  • VITICULTURE- 150 acPlanted
    • Estates/ Producers- Esterlina Vineyard(Monopole)


  • WHITE= Chardonnay, Grenache Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier
  • RED= Cinsaut, Grenache, Mourvèdre, Souzao, Syrah, Touriga Nacional
  • GEOGRAPHY- California, REGION-Mendocino, COUNTY-Mendocino, @Hw.#175
    • In Mendocino AVA., Sub-Zone- Sanel Valley
  • TOPOGRAPHY- “Rolling/ Valley(McDowell)”, SLOPES/ ?, +Alt.1,000 ft.
    • On~Russian~River~
  • SOILS- “Metamorphic“, “Sedimentary”,    –Hopland Seriers
  • CLIMATE- “Mediterranean With Maritime Influences
  • VITICULTURE- 540 acPlanted
    • Estates/ Producers- McDowell Valley Vineyards(Monopole)
    • Vineyards- Blue Heron Ranch, Bucklin


  • WHITE= Chardonnay 9%, Sauvignon Blanc
  • RED= Cabernet Sauvignon 70%, Merlot, Malbec
  • GEOGRAPHY- California, North Coast(North-West),  @Hw.#101(East)
    • BORDERS: Alexander Valley AVA.(Laps/ South)
  • TOPOGRAPHY- “Rolling/ Hilly”, SLOPES/ Mayacamas Mountains, +Alt.2,400 ft.
  • SOILS- Metamorphic”, “Volcanic”, “Sedimentary, Gravel-Loam/Volcanic Sub-Soil
  • CLIMATE- Mediterranean WithMaritime Influences
  • VITICULTURE- 310 acPlanted
    • Estates/ Producers- Imagery, Oak Ridge Ranch, Pine Mountain, Silverwood, Tin Cross

NORTH COAST AVA.   @Mendocino  

  • WHITE=   |   RED= **Refer to AVA. For Grape Information
  • GEOGRAPHY California, Northern California
    • COUNTIES- (AVA. Laps)Lake County, Napa County, Sonoma County
  • VITICULTURE Wine Produced In “NORTH COAST” Non-Conforming to an AVA.
    • Grapes Can Source From Mendocino, Sonoma, Lake and Napa Counties.

DOS RIOS AVA.     @Dos Rios

  • WHITE= Chardonnay
  • RED= Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel
  • GEOGRAPHY- California, REGION-Northern California, COUNTY-Mendocino(North)
    • In North Coast AVA.(North-East), @Hw.#162
  • TOPOGRAPHY- “Rolling/ Hilly/ Mountainous”, On~Eel/ Middle For of Eel~River~
  • SOILS- “Metamorphic
  • CLIMATE- “Mediterranean” With “Maritime” Influences
  • VITICULTURE- 16 ac. Planted
    • Estates/ Producers- Vin de Tevis
  • CULTURE- ~Etymology~ Dos Rios Meaning 2 Rivers Refering to the 2 Rivers In AVA..

COVELLO AVA.     @Covello

  • WHITE= Chardonnay, Pinot Gris
  • RED= Garnacha, Mencia, Pinot Noir, Tempranillo
  • GEOGRAPHY- California, REGION-Northern California, COUNTY-Mendocino(North)
    • In North Coast AVA.(North-West), North of Ukiah(45 mi.), @Hw.#162
    • Sub-Zones- Round Valley, Williams Valley
  • TOPOGRAPHY- “Rolling/ Hilly/ Mountainous”
  • SOILS- “Metamorphic“, Loam
  • CLIMATE- “Mediterranean” With “Continental” Influences
  • VITICULTURE- 12 ac. Planted
    • Estates/ Producers-

**Refer to “BIBLIOGRAPHY/ Sources” For Details On Scholarly Works Referenced.


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