California has become not simply the best wine-producing region of the country, but its wines now rival the finest wines produced anywhere in the world. California wines combine a rich European tradition with a drive for innovation and improvement that’s typically American.
While once confined primarily to Northern California’s famous Napa/Sonoma wine region, California is now literally covered with wineries spanning the length of the state. From Mendocino and Lake Counties in the north to Temecula and San Diego Counties in the south, to the Sierra foothills in the east and all the coastal regions in between, California is truly a wine lover’s paradise.
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Primary California Wine Regions
Southern California – With their rolling hills covered with vineyards, the Temecula Valley and San Diego hills get ocean breezes through a gap in the coastal mountains that create a unique micro-climate that produces some very fine wines. These wineries are currently producing a broad variety of both red and white wines.
Central Coast – This area encompasses the coastal region from Paso Robles in the north down to Santa Barbara. The primary viticultural zones include Central Coast, Edna Valley, Arroyo Grande Valley, Paso Robles, York Mountain, Santa Maria Valley and Santa Ynez Valley.
Central Valley & Sierra Foothills – The Sierra Foothills wineries are located in Amador, El Dorado, Calaveras, Mariposa, Tuolumne, Nevada and Yuba Counties, but the area that seems to be growing the most is the Central Valley region, including wineries in the Lodi and Stockton area. The Sierra Foothills and Central Valley have vastly different climates and consequently produce very different wines.
Monterey, Santa Cruz & Santa Clara – Wrapping around the Monterey Bay are the Santa Cruz Mountains, Santa Clara & Monterey wine zones. This region makes some very nice Pinot Noir and Chardonnay as well as other varietals.
Livermore Valley – The Livermore Valley is approximately 15 miles long and ten miles wide. The climate of the valley is perfect for producing excellent Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Semillon grape varieties. The effect of the surrounding mountains and coastal fogs also creates individual microclimates within the valley favoring cooler region grapes including Chardonnay and Merlot.
Sonoma Valley – Sonoma is less crowded than its Napa Valley neighbor and has some wonderful wineries of its own to visit. Some of the key winery locations include Carneros, Sonoma, Glen Ellen, Kenwood, the Russian River Valley, Green Valley, Dry Creek Valley, Knights Valley and the Alexander Valey.
Napa Valley – The Napa Valley is the most famous of California’s wine producing regions, and produces everything from fine Cabernet Sauvignon to Chardonnay to Ports. The valley is literally carpeted with wineries, with the principal sub-regions being Napa, Yountville, Oakville, Rutherford, St. Helena and Calistoga.
Lake & Mendocino Counties – Wineries in Mendocino are located in three clusters – Redwood Valley, Hopland and Anderson Valley. Lake County vineyards are planted throughout county; from the valley floor up the foothills into the shadows of Mt. Konocti. Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc are just some of the premium varietals planted in this region.