In some ways, Marin County is more like Burgundy than California! This coastal area, just north of San Francisco, is perhaps known more for its recreational and residential development and is not your typical wine making region. However, in this challenging cold climate viticultural area, there are a devout few committed to its success, especially with the finicky Pinot Noir grape.
Marin County is bordered on three sides by the moderating waters of the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay, resulting in winters that are actually warmer than neighboring North Coast winegrowing regions, while allowing for an earlier budbreak, followed by a very long, very cool growing season. Because of this long and gentle growing season, Marin growers get good flavor development before sugars start to soar, allowing them to pick at their leisure without resorting to the extended “hang times” that have become prevalent in other California regions. The resulting wines are marked by their bright flavors, superb acidity and lower alcohols.
It is here in rugged, wild and un-developed west Marin that you find the vineyards. There are now approximately 200 acres under vine, planted to Pinot Noir, Riesling, Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer, Merlot & Cabernet Sauvignon.