The climate of the Anderson Valley region is relatively cool, with fog in the morning and sea breezes in the afternoon. Vineyards are planted mostly in the benchlands and mountains, and the ground is a mix of clay, loam and gravel. Pinot Noir and Gewürztraminer have proven to be the most successful varieties in the valley, and since the 1980s, Champagne house Louis Roederer's California estate has shown that sparkling wine has its place as well.
There are 27 wineries in the valley, most of which are open for drop-in tastings; the best include Goldeneye, Handley Cellars, Lazy Creek Vineyards, Navarro and Roederer Estate.
Please note that prices, hours of operation and wine availability can often change. We recommend that you call ahead before you go.
For more wineries in Anderson Valley, Mendocino, and other wine regions around the world, see our Winery Search.Navarro
Tasting Fee: Free
Founded in 1973 by Deborah Cahn and Ted Bennett, two real pioneers, Navarro pays tribute to Anderson Valley's unique climate and offers exquisitely balanced Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc. Navarro also pays homage to the great wines of Germany with its Riesling, and of Alsace with its Gewürztraminer. Visitors taste a variety of current releases in a homey redwood clubhouse with a large deck and lots of tables out back. Pick up picnic supplies from Anderson Valley Market, in downtown Boonville, on your way to the winery.Handley Cellars
Tasting Fee: Free
Milla Handley has been making wine in Anderson Valley since the late 1970s and few winemakers know the region and its wines better. She makes a surprisingly wide variety of reds and whites, including Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Syrah, Gewürztraminer and Zinfandel. The house style is elegant and balanced, well-suited to the growing region. Handley farms from the estate’s 20 acres of certified-organic vines as well as vineyards located inland in Mendocino and Sonoma County. The tasting room, located on a knoll overlooking Hwy. 128, features Handley’s eclectic collection of international folk art.Roederer Estate
Champagne house Louis Roederer came to Anderson Valley in the early 1980s because the cool, foggy climate seemed ideal for producing sparkling wine. That instinct proved correct, and Roederer Estate has produced a collection of good to outstanding bubblies since then. The modern redwood barn-turned-winery hugs a hillside surrounded by vineyards, pine trees and redwoods, and inside, a variety of current-release sparkling wines are poured in a stylish salon. Visitors wanting to explore the grounds and barrel room should call in advance to arrange a private tour.Lazy Creek Vineyards
Tasting Fee: Free
This winery is the epitome of Anderson Valley charm. It’s well off the beaten path even for this remote valley. Visitors must navigate a country dirt lane that meanders at length through thick woods before they reach a rustic farmhouse that serves as a tasting room. Established in 1973 by the late Hans Kobler, Lazy Creek is now owned by Don and Rhonda Carano of Sonoma’s Ferrari-Carano winery and has not lost any of its rustic charm. The winery’s 40 acres of vines are planted to Pinot Noir, Riesling, Chardonnay, plus Gewürztraminer, which is considered the oldest planting of that variety in the valley. Plus, if you arrive outside the business hours, no sweat: If the gate is open, they’re pouring. That’s Anderson Valley for you.Goldeneye
If this sophisticated tasting room feels more St. Helena than folksy Anderson Valley, there's good reason: Goldeneye is the house of Pinot Noir for Dan Duckhorn, who makes Merlot, Cabernet and other varieties at his Duckhorn and Paraduxx wineries in Napa Valley. (In July 2007, he sold a controlling stake in his empire to new investors.) The converted farmhouse looks rustic on the outside, but the interior feels like a chic country home, with hardwood floors, recessed lighting and handmade rugs. Wine is served at an oak dining room table, adding to the homey feel. The winery, which produces about 12,000 cases of wine a year, has 200 acres of Pinot in the valley. The vines are fairly young, and Goldeneye is still perfecting its style, but the Pinots balance elegance with intensity.
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