Redwood Valley Wineries
Mendocino County in California has become known as one of the best wine producers in the world, thanks to a combination of climate and near perfect soil. While grapes have been grown in this part of the country as far back as the 1880’s, it was not until the 1950’s that wine makers started to get an idea of just how perfect this region was for growing grapes that had a very unique character and taste. It was at this time that the Redwood Valley region really took off, and the successes seen by the wineries there led to other regions growing beyond those borders.
If you take a trip to the wineries in Redwood Valley, you get the sense that you are far from the sounds of the city, yet you are really just about 2 hours north of San Francisco and the 101 Highway. It is definitely a trip worth taking, as there are a host of great varietals to choose from in this particular region. Both red and white wines are well served, which makes Redwood Valley wine tasting a trip that will appeal to lovers of all kinds of wines. Since it is so close to San Francisco, this is a region that is perfect for a day trip, but it is also a part of the country that will make you want to stay a while.
Those who follow the trends in wine making will be well aware that organic wines are quickly rising in popularity. If it is the organic varietals that whet your whistle, then this is the perfect location for you to visit. The wineries in Mendocino County, which of course includes those in Redwood Valley, account for about 32% of all organic grapes being grown in the state of California, with that number very much on the rise every year. What that should tell you is that the Redwood Valley wineries are very much on the cutting edge of where the wine industry in the US is headed.
There are a number of wine tasting events that take place throughout the year in Redwood Valley, but one that is circled on the calendar of many wine lovers is the “Taste of Redwood Valley,” which takes place every year in June. What’s on tap at that event is two days of Redwood Valley wine tasting, as well as dinners where you can sample great food and wine pairings, whilst also learning about the rich history of wine production in Mendocino county.
If you plan on staying for more than one day to explore all that Redwood Valley has to offer, there are a couple of towns in the area that offer great lodgings for the weary traveler. Both Willits and Ukiah have a variety of different places to stay and dine, and are both located right in the heart of Mendocino County. We believe that it’s always a good idea to plan on staying the night, as you can then sample a greater selection of wines without worrying about having to drive later in the day.