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Lake County AVA

Lake, North Coast

The Lake County wine region, north of Napa County in Northern California, is home to 25 wineries and seven designated American Viticultural Areas (AVA). While the area started in the wine business back in the late 1800s, the advent of the Prohibition era in the 1920s, saw almost all of the vines replaced with other crops such as pears and walnuts. It was not until the 1960s that the growers got back to planting grapes.

In 1965 only about 100 acres were under vine, while today that total is over 8,000 acres. The late return to wine means that most of the vineyards are planted with premium varietals and employ the latest technology for getting the most out of the crop. The region is home to Clear Lake, the State’s largest inland body of water which influences the growing climate. Each of the seven AVAs in the area (Benmore Valley, Clear Lake, Guenoc Valley, High Valley and Red Hills Lake County, Big Valley District and Kelsey Bench) takes advantage of the cool winters and quality volcanic soils to produce a variety of excellent varietals. You will find small vineyards growing intensely flavored Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, Syrah, Merlot and Sauvignon blanc and more.

We are pleased to offer a variety of wines in our wine clubs to our members from this region.

Lake County AVA Wineries