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Lodi

Lodi


Chalk Hill

Chalk Hill


Arroyo Grande

Arroyo Grande


Lake County

Lake County

History

Winemaking started in 1870

Location

Region surrounds Clear Lake, the largest natural Lake entirely in ­California, east of Mendocino. Vineyards planted on the rocky red volcanic soil around Mt. Konocti

Size

2.300 hectares of vineyards

Wineries

11

AVA’s 4

Benmore Valley, Clear Lake, Guenoc Valley, High Valley

More information

Lake County Winegrape Growers, www.lakecountywinegrape.org

Livermore Valley

Livermore Valley

History

Robert Livermore planted first commercial vines in 1840. Wente and Concannon were among the first wineries to start in the late 1800’s.

Location

45 km. east of San Francisco. One of the few valleys in California with an east-west orientation, allowing coastal fog and marine breezes to cool the valley’s warm air in the afternoons.

Size

2.000 hectares of vineyards

Wineries

26

More information

Livermore Valley Winegrowers Association, http://www.livermorewine.com/

Los Carneros

Los Carneros

History

First winery established in 1870. Officially created in 1983, Los Carneros (Rams) is made up of the southern tips of Napa and Sonoma County

Location

Just north of the San Francisco Bay. Fog, wind and moderate temperatures characterize the region and make it ideal for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay

Size

3.700 hectares of vineyards

Wineries

73 (wineries plus growers)

More information

Carneros Quality Alliance, http://www.carneros.org/

Mendocino County

Mendocino County

History

First vineyard planted in 1850, following the Gold rush. In the 1970’s and 1980’s, Mendocino wineries, led by Parducci Wine Cellars and Fetzer Vineyards, gained ­international acclaim.

Location

150 kilometers north of San Francisco. Rugged, mountainous and heavily ­forested region. 60% of ­Mendocino is covered by ­forests

Size

6.300 hectares of vineyards, 25% of all vineyards are farmed certified ­organic

Wineries

53

AVA’s

10 - Mendocino, Anderson Valley, Cole Ranch, McDowell Valley, Redwood Valley, Potter Valley, Mendocino Ridge, Yorkville Highlands, Ukiah Valley, Sanel Valley

More information

Mendocino Wine­growers Alliance, http://www.mendowine.com/

Monterey

Monterey

History

Franciscan monks planted first wine grapes 200 years ago at the Mission of Soledad. In 1960, UC Davis classified Monterey as "cool coastal and temperate valley, ideal for growing grapes”. Wente, Mirassou, Paul Masson, J. Lohr and Chalone wineries planted vineyards in 60’s.

Location

Two hours south of San Francisco, on the coast

Size

18,300 hectares of vineyards

Wineries

60

AVA’s

7 - Arroyo Seco, Carmel Valley, Hames Valley, Monterey, San Lucas, ­Santa Lucia Highlands and Chalone.

More information

Monterey County Vintners and Growers Association, http://www.montereywines.org/

Napa Valley

Paso Robles

Paso Robles

History

First vineyard established in 1797

Location

Halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles. This is the northern part of San Luis Obispo County

Size

8,000 hectares of vineyards, almost 80% planted to red wine grapes, ­mainly Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon and Rhône varieties.

Wineries

80

More information

Paso Robles Vintners & Growers Association, www.pasowine.com

San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo

History

In 1820, Father Jose Sanches was making 400 barrels of wine. Revival of this wine region started in early 80’s

Location

Just south of Paso Robles. Cool climate and marine sediment in the soils gave Edna Valley, the most important region, its reputation for Chardonnay

Size

1.500 hectares of vineyards (excluding Paso Robles)

Wineries

25 (105 in the whole county, including Paso Robles)

AVA’s

5 - Edna Valley, York Mountain, Santa Maria Valley, Arroyo Grande Valley and Paso Robles

More information

San Luis Obispo Vintners & Growers Association, http://www.slowine.com/

Santa Barbara County

Santa Barbara County

History

Modern wine making began in the 1960’s

Location

150 km. north of Los Angeles. Most famous for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir

Size

9,000 hectares of vineyards

Wineries

25 (105 in the whole county, including Paso Robles)

AVA’s

3 - Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Maria Valley and Santa Rita Hills

More information

Santa Barbara County Vintners Association, http://www.sbcountywines.com/

Santa Cruz Mountains

Santa Cruz Mountains

History

Viticultural area officially established in 1981

Location

80 km. from San Francisco, just south of the famous Silicon Valley. This mountain region can be divided into a Pacific Ocean-facing west half (ideal for Pinot Noir) and a San Francisco Bay-facing east half (ideal for Cabernet ­Sauvignon)

Size

The whole region is the same size as Napa Valley, although just a fraction of the land is planted to grapes

Wineries

60

More information

Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association, www.scmwa.com

Sonoma County

Sonoma County

History

In 1812, first grapes planted by Russian colonists at Fort Ross on the coast. Count Agoston Haraszthy from Hungary, considered by some to be the "father” of the California wine industry, purchased a vineyard in Sonoma in 1857 and renamed it Buena Vista.

Location

One hour north of San Francisco, between Pacific Ocean and Napa Valley

Size

20,000 hectares of vineyards

Wineries

260 (plus 750 grape growers)

AVA’s

13 - Alexander Valley, Bennett Valley, Chalk Hill, Dry Creek Valley, Knights Valley, Los Carneros, Northern Sonoma, Russian River Valley, Rockpile, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County Green Valley, Sonoma Mountain and Sonoma Valley

More information

Sonoma County Wineries Association, www.sonomawine.com

Temecula

Temecula

History

Winemaking began late 1700’s at the mission San Juan Capistrano Temecula means "where the sun shines through the mist” in Luiseno Indian

Location

One hour south of LA

Size

800 hectares of vineyards, one of the smaller wine regions of California

Wineries

20

More information

Temecula Valley Winegrowers Association, http://www.temeculawines.org

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