Anderson Valley Pinot Noir loves the Pacific Ocean
This is view of the Navarro Vineyards in Anderson Valley. On most Anderson Valley days during the vineyard growing season, the climate is just as you see in the photo. Overcast skies and fog mark the morning days. By mid afternoon, the skies clear but the cool winds from the Pacific Ocean kick in. This is why Anderson Valley Pinot Noir is a major grape in the area. The Anderson Valley is also famous for its Alsatian grapes, especially Riesling and Gewürztraminer. Another important wine product in the Anderson Valley is sparkling wine. Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are the most commonly used grapes in the production of fine sparkling wines. But it is the Pinot Noir wine that is now taking center stage in this cool-climate wine growing area. Among notable producers of Pinot Noir are Goldeneye, Lula, Navarro and Copain. For those interested in traveling to the Anderson Valley to taste Pinot Noir and other wine varieties, we have a complete tour guide to the area. In addition, we have a guide to the romantic town of Mendocino that is on the Pacific Coast, just about 40 minutes away.