The Mendocino County appellation is part of the large North Coast AVA that spreads northward from San Francisco Bay. Due to its remote location, the county’s reputation as a grape and wine-producing region was slow to develop. Traditionally, Mendocino wines were consumed locally. More recently, however, modern world-wide distribution has brought international recognition. Long famous for its redwood forests, today Mendocino County is the world leader in certified organically-grown grapes. There are over 15,000 acres of vineyards in the County, with 25% of them growing certified organic grapes. Given the increasing popularity of organic products generally, it is inevitable that demand for organically-produced wines will also rise...and so will the Mendocino star!
AVA’s 10: Mendocino, Anderson Valley, Cole Ranch, McDowell Valley, Redwood Valley, Potter Valley, Mendocino Ridge, Yorkville Highlands, Ukiah Valley, Sanel Valley