Regions

Regions

The state’s Central Coast area, including Santa Barbara, Paso Robles, Monterey and Santa Cruz wine regions, offers cooling fog and afternoon breezes that are perfect for slow-ripening pinot noir, chardonnay and other fine varietals. For wineries that call Monterey and Carmel home see Monterey – Carmel.    
California’s Central Valley has been producing wine grapes and wines since the 1880’s.  Much of the grapes grown in the Valley are found in wines to be found in many of California’s wines.  There are some excellent wines to be found in this part of the state.
Lake County has deep roots in viticulture and wine making. The first vineyards were planted in the 1870’s and internationally recognized wines were being produced by 1900. Like many regions, Prohibition stopped wine production and it did not reemerge in this agriculturally oriented county until the 1960’s. Many of the area’s growers are generational farmers whose families grew such crops as pears and walnuts before planting vineyards.  Today, Lake County has over 8...
Often overlooked Livermore wine country only about an hour drive east of San Francisco, is one of those places that make you feel like you’ve stumbled upon a secret find. While Livermore can be experience a lot of visitors it is not unusual to pull into a winery and have the place almost to yourself—especially if you come in spring. The Livermore Valley, in the San Francisco East Bay region known as the Tri-Valley, is home to more than 50 wineries, and has a long-standing...
The Mendocino County wine is an appellation that designates wine made from grapes grown mostly in Mendocino County, California. The region is part of the larger North Coast AVA and one of California's largest and most climatically diverse wine growing regions
How did the world first discover and fall in love with the wines of Napa Valley? Certainly one of the highest impacts for Napa Valley was the  event, 1976 Judgment of Paris where California wines out shined their French counterparts in both the Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay categories. The Napa Valley is home to more than 500 wineries and countless wine experiences. Ride through the valley on a vintage railcar, explore a 107 room castle, sip bubbles with caviar or...
There are some 150 acres of vineyards and wineries are often surrounded by the giant redwood trees that grow throughout Humboldt County. Humboldt County is cooler and wetter than much of California. The climate is cold, rainy winters and mild, foggy summers. Given the size of the wine region, there is a large diversity of soil types. Loamy silt soils can be found along the riverbanks, while the vineyards in the hills sit on pockets of dark, rocky shale. These soils retain daytime heat...
Today San Diego Count is hoe to more than 115 dynamic. Many people have the misconception that Temecula is part of San Diego County.  Actually, Temecula is in Riverside County and a region has be set-aside on this site for Temecula. Let us help you start to explore the San Diego region; you'll discover passionate winemakers with interesting life experiences growing a wide selection of. San Diego actually has more distinct microclimates than any other single county in...
Many visitors still don't know that there are wineries in San Francisco to enjoy. While a trip to wine country is always welcome you do not have to leave the city to go wine tasting. San Francisco offers many urban wine-tasting experiences. Some wine tasting rooms feature the wines they produce in neighboring wine regions like Napa all with the convenience of being in the city at the same time. Other San Francisco wineries make their wine in facilities located right in the city. Whichever...
Did you see the movie, “Sideways”? 
Santa Barbara wine country is that “Sideways.” The movie’s title hints at is the unique geography of Santa Barbara wine country. It is the longest transverse valley (East to West) found on the western Pacific coast–from Alaska to South America. This creates climate conditions perfect for world-class cool climate wines. Think of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Santa Barbara wine country offers a little bit of everything to the...
“Silicon Valley" doesn’t bring the thoughts of vines and wines to most. It's easy with all the development silicon chips brought to this valley to forget this area's role as California's first premium wine production region - the Santa Clara Valley. French and Italian immigrants who settled here during the Gold Rush era recognized the rich soils and Mediterranean climate as the perfect New World home for their European grape cuttings. Take a step back in time by...
The Santa Cruz Mountains region is one of the first areas of California to be developed for the commercial production of wine. The early pioneers were truly remarkable characters – visionaries and adventurers all. Like the mountains themselves, these early vintners were larger than life. John Burns, John and George Jarvis, Charles Lefranc, John Stewart, and Paul Masson were some of the early settlers. Each of these remarkable men contributed significantly to the industry of the region...
Shasta County is home to diverse grape varietals of exceptional quality due to veiled microclimates and the unique terroir in its foothills. These thriving vines, combined with determined winemakers, make for award-winning wines and beautiful afternoons spent escaping the valley heat and enjoying unparalleled views. Beneath the shadow of Mount Lassen, east of Redding and Red Bluff is one of the fastest growing but least known wine regions in the state.  You will find the...
Between Sacramento and Lake Tahoe, the Sierra Foothills provide gorgeous weather and ideal conditions for grape growing. A series of wineries take advantage of this Northern California gem to provide a tasting experience that is singular to the region. Ranging from European-style refinement to Gold Country coziness, the wineries of the Sierra Foothills offer spectacular views, intimate interactions, and value. Beautiful scenery pairs well with a glass of wine. Famous attractions like...
Located just 45 minutes north of San Francisco is Sonoma.  This area of Northern California is renowned for more than 400 wineries, more than 100 organic farms and 50 miles of beautiful rugged Pacific Coast.  However, Sonoma Wine Country is not limited to world-class wines.  In Sonoma you will find ancient redwood forests, secluded ocean coves, a land of agricultural bounty and real small towns with independent thinkers who express themselves via art galleries, small shops...
A benefit for visitors and locals alike, The Ventura County Wine Trail features 11 artisan wineries.  Everything from unique wine tasting tours, outstanding restaurants, hotels, shopping, sailing and more can be found. It’s easy to plan an entire visit to the area, complete with a shuttle-led wine tasting trip, family entertainment, shopping destinations, hotel stay, and dining suggestions. 
With the near year round perfect and gorgeous weather, it is no wonder that Southern California is home to some of the best wineries in the country. One may have a natural tendency to think about Napa Valley first, however, there are quality and award winning wineries throughout Los Angeles as well as in the Inland Empire and San Diego. We’ve rounded up some of the best wineries for the best wine tasting experiences.
Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country is a year-round getaway and vacation destination situated within southwest Riverside County. With natural gifts of climate and geography, Temecula Valley is conveniently located approximately 60 minutes from San Diego, Orange County, and Palm Springs, and 90 minutes from Los Angeles. Each visit to this genuinely inviting, boutique destination brings new possibilities and promises a wide variety of things to experience, enhanced by the sunny,...
Carmel’s bleached sands, Pebble Beach’s gentle tide pools and the rugged shore of Big Sur. The Monterey California coast is world-famous for unparalleled scenic beauty. Monterey’s world-class wines rely on warm sun, cool fog, ancient soils that are all essential components to creating wonderful wines. Vineyards and wineries large and small call Monterey County home. From the steep slopes of Carmel Valley to the rolling hills of Salinas Valley, Monterey County stands alone in...
Located between San Francisco and the Sierra Nevada mountains, Lodi has been a major wine grape growing region for over 140 years. Here you will find French, Italian, German, Spanish and Portuguese varieties.