CALIFORNIAMendocino


MENDOCINO IS  AVA- 14     @Ukiah

  • WHITE= Chardonnay 28%, Charbono, Chenin Blanc, Colombard, Cortese, Friulano, Gewurztraminor, Grunner Veltliner, Malvasia, Muscat, Riesling, Rousanne, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, Sauvignon Vert AKA=Friulano, Semillon, Viognier
  • RED= Cabernet Sauvignon 17%, Pinot Noir 12%, Barbara, Cabernet Franc, Carmenere, Carignan, Charbono, Counoise, Dolcetto, Gamay, Grenache, Malbec, Merlot, Montepulciano, Mourvèdre, Nebbiolo, Petit Verdot, Petite Sirah, Primitivo, Sangiovese, Syrah, Tempranillo, 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.
  • Un-Official AVA.’s- Talmage, Ukiah Valley

TOPOGRAPHY– Flat/ Rolling/ HillyOn~Russian~River~Pacific~Ocean~

  • SLOPES/ Coast Mountain Range(Mendocino Range), +Alt. 250ft.- 3,000ft.

SOILS  Metamorphic, Volcanic, Sedimentary

CLIMATE– Mediterranean With Continental Influence, Many Micro Climates

  • *Summers– Warm, Long   |    *Winters– Cold, Wet,  +Diurnal Shifts(+40°)

VITICULTURE ac./ ac. Planted

CULTURE– ASSOCIATIONS~ ~Mendocino Winegrowers~

**Refer to CALIFORNIA/ Overview For Detailed Information On California as a Wine State.



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MENDOCINO COUNTY*    @Entire County

  • WHITE=   |   RED= **Refer to AVA.’s For Grape Information
  • VITICULTURE– LabeledMENDOCINO COUNTY, Wine Produced Non-Conforming to a AVA.
    • Estates/ Producers-(Not Located In Delimited AVA.)– Baxter, Bonterra, Graziano, Hidden Cellars, Jaxon Keys, Jeriko, Knez, Kivel Stadt, Minus Tide, Pax Mahle, Ryme
    • Vineyards-(Not Located In Delimited AVA.) Alder Springs(120ac.), Bartolomei, Berry(HVS.), Bliss, Blue Heron, Buddha’s Dharma, Butler Ranch, Byne, 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.), Guido Venturi, McNab Ranch(371ac.), Oppenlander, Perli(HVS.), Piffero(HVS.), Populis(HVS.), Recetti(HVS.), Sanel, Testa, Thomas T. Thomas, Venturi, Wentzel, Woodenhead, Zeni(HVS.)

MENDOCINO* AVA.     @Ukiah

  • WHITE=   |   RED= Almost Everything,  **Refer to AVA.’s For Varietal Information.
  • GEOGRAPHY- California, REGION-Mendocino, COUNTY-Mendocino, @Hw.#20/ #101/ #128/ #253
    • North of Sonoma County, Multi-AppellationLATITUDE: 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/ HillyOn~Russian~River~Pacific~Ocean~
    • SLOPES/ Coast Mountain Range(Mendocino Range)
  • SOILS- Metamorphic, Volcanic, Sedimentary, Gravel-loam, Scree
    • Soil Series-Redvines Series
  • CLIMATE- Mediterranean With Maritime Influences, +RAIN: 51 in./ yr., Fog
    • *Summers– Cool Coast, Warm Inland   |   *Winters– Cold, Rain
  • VINICULTURE- 17,000 ac. Planted
  • CULTURE- GASTRONOMY Dungeness Crab  |   CHEESE Chanterelle

MENDOCINO RIDGE AVA.     @Elk

  • 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 Mountain Range(Mendocino Range/ Mendocino Ridges, +Alt. Above 1,200ft.(Vines to 1,900ft.)
  • SOILS- Metamorphic, SedimentarySandstone, Shale
  • CLIMATE- Mediterranean With Maritime INFLUENCED/ Fog, Elevation, Many Micro Climates
    • Coolest AVA. In Mendocino
  • 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.
    • 1997- AVA. Officially Established.
  • CULTURE- Referred to Islands In the Sky Referring to the Way the Not-Contiguous Vineyards Sit Above the Fog.

ANDERSON VALLEY* AVA.     @Navarro

  • WHITE= Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer, Grunner Veltliner, Riesling, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Semillon
  • RED= Counoise, Pinot Noir, Petite Syrah, Tempranillo, 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)  (15mi. Long & 2mi. Wide)
    • CITIES-Boonville, Elk, Mendocino, Navarro, Philo
  • TOPOGRAPHY- Flat/ Rolling/ Hilly/ Valley(Anderson(Transverse)
    • SLOPES/ Coast Mountain Range(Mendocino Range), +Alt. 250ft.- 2,000ft.
    • On~Anderson/ Rancherias/ Indian/ Soda Creeks~Tributaries~Navarro~River~
  • SOILS- Metamorphic, Sedimentary, Terraces Along Navarro River/ Tributaries
  • CLIMATE- Mediterranean With Maritime Influences, +Diurnal Shifts(+35°), Fog
  • VITICULTURE- 2,040 acPlanted
  • VINICULTURE- Sparkling- Roederer, Scharffenberber, Lichen
    • Estates/ Producers- Ant Hill, Balo, Bee Hunter, Bergin-Sopila, Brashley(10ac.), Cakebread(47ac.), Copain, Domaine Anderson, Drew, Edmeades, Father & Daughters, Fel, Foursight, Goldeneye, Greenwood Ridge, Handley, Husch, Jason Drew, Kosta Browne, Lazy Creek, Lichen(Sparkling), Lioco, Littorai, Long Meadow Ranch(68ac.), Lulu, Macphail, Navarro(81ac.), Pennyroyal Farm(23ac.), Philo Ridge, Rhys(33ac.), Roederer(Sparking/ Co-National), Rudius, Scharffenberger(Sparkling), Spell, Twomey(38ac.), Toulouse, Waits-Mast
      Vineyards- Abel, Akins Family, Bearman Bend, Breggo, Cerise, Charles, Confluence, Dach(17ac.), Day Ranch, Deer Meadows, Demuth, Donnelly Creek, Edmeades(53ac.), Ferrari-Carano, Ferrington, Gowan Creek, Grant Family(4ac.), Green Ranch, Hacienda Secoya(2.5ac.), Helluva, Joshua’s, Kiser, Knez, Langley(3ac.), Maggy HawkEstate(58ac.), Monument Tree, Moonglow, Morning Dew, The Narrows, Nelson Hill, Pinoli, Rhys(33ac.), Romani, Roma’s, Savoy, Skycrest, Slow Lopen, Toulouse, Valley Foothills, Wending, Wentworth, Wentzel, Wiley
  • CULTURE-
    • ASSOCIATIONS~ ~Anderson Valley Winegrowers~
      • Mission~ Supporting the Region Grape Growers and Wineries While Promoting the Regions Wines.
    • PIONEERS~
      • ~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)
    • WINNER Worlds Best~ DtheV.com Awards Best American AVA.  (5th. Place)
      • **Refer to WINE CULTURE/ Derek’s Top 6 List For Detailed Information.
  • SUB-ZONES Of ANDERSON VALLEY
    • DEEP END Cooler North-Western Valley Closer to Pacific Ocean.
    • WEST RIDGE         EAST RIDGE           BOON   
    • MID/POLEEKO           CAHTO RIDGE TERRACES

YORKVILLE HIGHLANDS* AVA.     @Yorkvile

  • WHITE= Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Symphony, Viognier
  • RED= Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Camernere, Malbec, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Petite Sirah, Pinot Noir, Syrah
  • GEOGRAPHY- California, REGION-Mendocino, COUNTY-Mendocino, In Mendocino AVA.,  @Hw.#128
  • TOPOGRAPHY- Flat/ Rolling/ Hilly
    • SLOPES/ Coast Mountain Range(Mendocino Range), +Alt. 2,200ft.
  • SOILS- Metamorphic, Gravel
  • CLIMATE- Mediterranean With Maritime Influences
  • VITICULTURE- 401 acPlanted
    • Estates/ Producers- Artevino Maple Creek, Judson Hale, Lone Oak, Maple Creek, Meyer Family, Mountain House, Pendleton, Theopolis, Ve Vin, Yorkville Cellars
    • Vineyards- Cot, Halcom, Hawks Butte Ranch, Lost Creek, Old Chatham(15ac.), Randle Hill, Rennie, Valenti Ranch, Vine View(6ac.), Wattle Creek, Walsh(3ac.), Weir
  • CULTURE- 1998 AVA. Officially Established

EAGLE PEAK AVA.     @

  • 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/ HillyOn~Mill~Creek~
    • SLOPES/ Coast Mountain Range(Mendocino Range), +Alt. 3,200ft.
  • SOILS- Metamorphic, Gravel
  • CLIMATE- Mediterranean With Maritime Influences
  • VITICULTURE- 26,260 ac./ 120 acPlanted
    • Estates/ Producers- Masut
    • Vineyards Golden, Linholme, Masut(35ac.), Sea Biscuit South, Three Streams, Turan
  • CULTURE- ~Etymology~ Eagle Peak Referres to Eagle Peak Mountain.

REDWOOD VALLEY* AVA.     @Redwood Valley

  • WHITE= Chardonnay, Colombard, 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)On~Mill~Creek~/ On~Lake~Mendocino~
    • SLOPES/ Coast Mountain Range(Mendocino Range), +Alt. 400ft.
  • SOILS- Metamorphic
  • CLIMATE- Mediterranean With Continental Influences, +Diurnal Shifts(+40°)
  • VITICULTURE- ? acPlanted
    • America First Certified Biodynamic Producer. (Frey Vineyards)
    • Mendocino Has an Extensive Culture of Organic and Biodynamic Agricultural.
  • VINICULTURE- ?
    • Estates/ Producers- Barra, Chance Creek, Cole Bailey, Elizabeth, Farmstrong(Nat.Pro.), Fetzer, Folk Machine, Fife, Frey*, Girasole, Giuseppe, Lolonis, Masut, Oster
    • Vineyards- Avian Science, 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- Flat/ Rolling/ Valley(Potter)
    • SLOPES/ Coast Mountain Range(Mendocino Range), +Alt. 1,000ft.
  • SOILS- Metamorphic, Sedimentary, +Diurnal Shifts(+40°)
  • CLIMATE- Mediterranean With Continental Influence, Many Micro Climates
  • VITICULTURE- 86 acPlanted
    • Estates/ Producers- Blue Quail, Kimmel, McFadden(Blue Quail), Manoir Girard, Naughty Boy

UKIAH VALLEY AVA. (Un-Official)    @Ukiah

  • WHITE= Arneis, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris
  • RED= Garnacha, Malbec, Montepulciano, Nebbiolo, Petite Sirah, Pinot Noir, Tempranillo
  • GEOGRAPHY- California, REGION-Northern California, COUNTY-Mendocino(North)
    • In North Coast AVA.(North-West), @Hw.#101
    • Ukiah Valley is an Un-Official AVA. Within the Greater Mendocino AVA.
  • TOPOGRAPHY- Flat/ Rolling? HillyOn~Russian~River~
    • SLOPES/ Coast Mountain Range(Mendocino Range), +Alt. ?
  • SOILS- Metamorphic, Loam
  • CLIMATE- Mediterranean With Continental” Influences
  • VITICULTURE- 12 ac. Planted
    • Estates/ Producers- Brutocao, Campovida, Dunnewood, Fetzer, McNab Ridge, Neslon Family, Parducci, Rivino, Saracina
    • Vineyards- Hopland Ranches

COLE RANCH AVA.      @Ukiah

  • WHITE= Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Riesling
  • RED= Cabernet Sauvignon, Garnacha, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Sangiovese
  • GEOGRAPHY- California, REGION-Mendocino, COUNTY-Mendocino, @Hw.#253
    • In Mendocino AVA.
  • TOPOGRAPHY- Flat/ Rolling/
    • SLOPES/ Coast Mountain Range(Mendocino Range), +Alt. 1,400ft.- 1,800ft.
  • SOILS- Metamorphic
  • CLIMATE- Mediterranean With Maritime Influences
  • VITICULTURE- 150 acPlanted
    • Estates/ Producers- Esterlina Vineyard(55ac.), Monopole, Rootdown
    • Vineyards- Cole Ranch

McDOWELL VALLEY AVA.     @Hopland

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

PINE MT. CLOVERDALE PEAK AVA.     @Cloverdale

  • WHITE= Chardonnay 9%, Sauvignon Blanc
  • RED= Cabernet Sauvignon 70%, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot
  • GEOGRAPHY- California, North Coast(North-West),  @Hw.#101(East)
    • BORDERS-Alexander Valley AVA.(Laps/ South)
  • TOPOGRAPHY- Rolling/ Hilly, SLOPES/ Mayacamas Mountains, +Alt. 1,600ft.- 3,000ft.
  • SOILS- Metamorphic, Volcanic, Sedimentary, Gravel-Loam/Volcanic Sub-Soil
  • CLIMATE- Mediterranean With Maritime Influences
    • Vineyards Located Above Fog-Line
  • VITICULTURE- 310 acPlanted
    • Estates/ Producers- Imagery, Oak Ridge Ranch, Pine Mountain, Silverwood, Tin Cross

NORTH COAST AVA.   @Mendocino  

  • WHITE=   |   RED= Almost Everything**Refer to AVA.’s For Grape Information.
  • GEOGRAPHY California, Northern California
    • COUNTIES-(AVA. Laps)Lake County, Napa County, Sonoma County
  • VITICULTURE LabeledNORTH COAST” Wine Produced 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
    • West of Covello AVA.(5mi.)
  • TOPOGRAPHY- Rolling/ Hilly/ Mountainous, On~Eel/ Middle Fork of Eel~River~
  • SOILS- Metamorphic
  • CLIMATE- Mediterranean” With Maritime Influences
  • VITICULTURE- 16 ac. Planted
    • Estates/ Producers- Vin de Tevis(6ac.)
  • CULTURE- ~Etymology~ Dos Rios Meaning 2 Rivers Referring 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-City(45 mi.), @Hw.#162
    • East of Dos Rios AVA.(5mi.)
  • TOPOGRAPHY- Rolling/ Hilly/ Mountainous
  • SOILS- Metamorphic, Loam
  • CLIMATE- Mediterranean With Continental” Influences
  • VITICULTURE- 12 ac. Planted
    • Estates/ Producers-
  • SUB-ZONES Of COVELLO
    • ROUND VALLEY         
    • WILLIAMS VALLEY 


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


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Roederer Estate In Mendocino AVA.

Old Vine Vineyards In Redwood Valley AVA.