Lake County

Lake County

Ployez Winery

Established in 1997, this new winery is owned by Gerald and Shirley Ployez, who purchased the old Stuermer Winery in Lower Lake. Since then, wine lovers everywhere are celebrating Lake County's first sparkling wine.

Widhurst Vineyard

The name evokes the spreading California native oaks that dot the vineyard acreage and the zest for nature and simple living that characterize the lovely rural area of Lake County. In this spirit, Wildhurst makes direct, hand-crafted wines.

Snows Lake Vineyard

E&J Gallo Spokeswoman Loree Stroup confirmed that Gallo is purchasing Snow's Lake Vineyard in Lake County, saying the deed iwas set to close in Sept of 2012. Snows Lake lies within the Red Hills AVA in Lake County and includes 2300 acres, of which more than 800 are planted to such varieties as Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Zinfandel. Grapes from the vineyard have gone into wines made by Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, Cakebread Cellars, Rosenblum Cellars, La Famiglia, Cartlidge & Browne, Dynamite Vineyards, etc.
We will try and update readers as to more on the wines and visiting of the vineyard as more information becomes available.

Steele Wines

From handpicked grapes to gentle processing and in Steele Wine’s bottling facility this winery knows how their grapes are cared for from vineyard to bottle. Jed Steele believes a lighter hand in the winemaking will highlight the aromas and the flavors of the quality fruit sourced.

Moore Family Winery

Located in the Red Hills District of the Lake County AVA. It is a family owned and operated estate created to celebrate the terroir of Lake County, California. Steve and Robin Moore purchased 70 continuous acres to establish an organically farmed vineyard which yields intensely flavored fruit to its finely crafted “new world” wines.

Fortress Vineyards

After 10 years of growing and selling grapes from the Knights Valley vineyard to various Napa Valley wineries, the Sniders began looking for new possibilities in Lake County in the area that is now known as the Red Hills Lake County AVA. They saw great potential for growing high premium grapes on a mountain vineyard. They purchased several contiguous parcels of land on a ridge on Mt. Konocti overlooking Clear Lake and in 1998, and using their years of research and experience, began development of the high-altitude mountain vineyard.

Wild Hurst Vineyards

Wildhurst's production facility lies two miles north of the little town of Kelseyville, in the alluvial flood plain of Clear Lake and surrounded by vineyards and pear orchards.

Built in 1997, the winery lies next to the former Holdenried packing shed and storage facility - for in addition to being grape growers the family owns several hundred acres of pears.

Gregory Graham

Wines are made in the vineyard, and harvest should take place at the perfect moment – not when dictated by a schedule” is Greg’s approach to his winemaking. In the vineyard, he harvests the grapes at the peak of fruit flavor development. In the winery, he uses boutique winemaking techniques and early bottling to preserve the flavors. His techniques allow him to control the quality, bringing out the grapes’ superior characteristics. The results are excellent Zinfandel, Syrah, Grenache, Cabernet, Viognier, Sauvignon blanc, and Riesling.

Sol Rouge Vineyard & Winery

Sol Rouge is a family estate vineyard and winery located in the Red Hills Appellation at elevations over 1800 feet. North of Napa Valley in the foothills of the dormant volcano which formed the North Coast wine country, this land contains rich, red volcanic soil and, from this unique profile, Sol Rouge derived its name – translating to “Red Soil” in French. This 70 acre estate is currently planted with Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah, Counoise, Petite Syrah, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc and will soon be planted with Cinsault. Nestled between Mt. Konocti and Benson Ridge in the Mayacamas Mountain range, this aggressive sight is all hillside with slopes up to 60% and is said to be the most tightly planted vineyard in the Red Hills, with nearly 6000 vines per hectare in some blocks.

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