Capay Valley AVA
Yolo County, North Coast
Tucked between the counties of Sacramento, Solano, Napa, Lake, Colusa and Sutter, Yolo County in Northern California, has been growing quality grapes for decades. In the South and East, the region is influenced by the cool air from the Sacramento Delta. While in the North the vines are in the drier regions against the Vaca Range. The Yolo County has three sub-appellations; Dunnigan Hills, Capay Valley and Clarksburg.
The most notable varieties grown in the area include Chardonnay, Viognier, Tempranillo, Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, Pinot Noir and Barbera. There are about 25 wineries and tasting rooms in the area, with most of them family-owned and operated. One of the wine hubs for the region is not far from Sacramento, a place called the Old Sugar Mill. Originally built in 1935 this lofty brick building was refurbished in 2005 and now houses ten or more of the area’s winery tasting rooms with most wines featured sourcing grapes from Yolo County. If you are in the area try the Casey Flat Ranch Vineyards in the Capay Valley. We featured their wines in our Gold Wine Club.