Anderson Valley Wine Trail
These top Anderson Valley Wineries are on Highway 128, the beautiful road that leads to the romantic town of Mendocino. Visit a few of these Anderson Valley wineries on the way to Mendocino and visit a few others on the way home. Or stay in Boonville or Philo a couple of nights to explore the beautiful Anderson Valley. The Anderson Valley wineries span fifteen miles, between the towns of Boonville and Navarro.
There is much for the wine lover to enjoy here. The Anderson Valley is known for great Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Alsatian-style wines. There are also many organic and sustainable wineries to visit. See Lodging and Dining guides. Anderson Valley Wine Map
We recommend visiting these Anderson Valley wineries
• Goldeneye Winery – Pinot Noir specialist, beautiful gardens, and view, picnic spot
• Scharffenberger Cellars –Sparkling wines, cozy & warm tasting room, art too.
• The Madrone Wineries – Four boutique tasting rooms where one can taste artisan wines
• Navarro Vineyards – The icon of the Anderson Valley. Pioneer in winemaking here. A must visit.
• Roederer Estate – Most elegant tasting room and delicious sparkling wines
• Husch – Coziest and smallest tasting room in the area, value-priced wine
• Handley – Most exciting tasting room with international artifacts displayed
• Lula Cellars – Pinot Noir specialist producing three version of Mendocino Pinot
We suggest that you visit no more than three wineries in one day. Enjoy the peacefulness of this beautiful region and valley.
More Anderson Valley Recommendations
- See Anderson Valley Restaurants
- See Anderson Valley Lodging
- Picnic and Deli Information
- Anderson Valley Wine Map
It is a first-class operation at Goldeneye; you will feel like royally. The focus at Goldeneye is Pinot Noir. They make several different ones, and if you decide to taste here, you will be able to do a side-by-side comparison tasting of their lovely Pinot Noir wines. The gardens in the back of the tasting room are very scenic and peaceful. If the day is beautiful, choose to sit outside and enjoy the view with a glass of Pinot Noir. The winery is owned by the folks that own Duckhorn and Paraduxx in the Napa Valley.
Boutique Tasting Rooms at The Madrones
Just beyond Goldeneye on the same side of the highway is The Madrones. The Madrones has a store and a couple of suites for rent, but the main attraction for wine lovers are the four boutique wineries housed at The Madrones. Each one has something very different to offer, but all the wines are impressive at each tasting room. The wineries at The Madrone are Bink Wines, Drew Family Cellars, Knez Winery, and Signal Ridge Winery. Check the Madrones Website for tasting room hours for each. The hours vary, so plan. The Madrones also has four lodging accommodations and a restaurant. The restaurant is Stone and Embers is open Friday to Monday. Check Stone and Embers Website for current dining hours.
Scharffenberger was founded in 1981 and then later became Pacific Echo Vineyards. In 2004 the winery was purchased by Maisons Marques & Domaines, and they decided to return the name Scharffenberger in honor of the original founded John Scharffenberger. A $3 tasting fee includes the tasting of three different sparkling wines, two Chardonnays, and a Pinot Noir. All the wines are excellent. The tasting room is delightful with a beautiful gallery of photography and paintings. There is also a picnic area. Schraffenberger Cellars is about two miles from Breggo.
The Town of Boonville
We recommend you stop at the Boonville General Store or the Mosswood Market to buy a picnic lunch at either Goldeneye, Navarro Vineyards, or Handley. Take a stroll through the town and shop at some of the interesting boutique shops. The town is fascinating, to say the least. Check out this Eyewitness book on the wine country. Top 10: California Wine Country (EYEWITNESS TOP 10 TRAVEL GUIDE)
Drive past the town of Philo, and in 4.5 miles you will come to Navarro Vineyards. Watch closely for the signs marking the winery’s entrance. This winery has become a trendy spot because of the recent positive press. It can be a very busy spot. The whites are all excellent. Our favorites are the Pinot Gris, the Gewürztraminer, and the Chenin Blanc. The Pinot Noir choices are all good and reasonably priced. Be sure to sign up for the newsletter while you visit. The newsletter is excellent, with useful information about current wine releases and ordering information. The setting behind the tasting room is beautiful and an ideal spot for a picnic lunch. With a glass of Chenin Blanc and your deli sandwich, you can’t ask for much more.
If you like tasting sparkling wines as in Champagne, don’t miss Roederer Estate. The sparkling wines at Roederer are made from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes grown on the Roederer Estate. From its beginning in 1981, the Roederer Estate has produced award-winning wines and is recognized as making some of the very best sparkling wine in the world. Besides great sparkling wines, the tasting room is a real treat. It is luxurious and has a stunning view of the Anderson Valley.
Husch is almost directly across from Roederer. Husch is the first winery to produce wines in the Anderson Valley, crushing its first crop of grapes in 1971. The winery focuses on Pinot Noir, Gewurztraminer, and Chardonnay. The tasting room is in a small quaint and rustic hut. Picnic tables sit up on the hill surrounded by vineyards. The Pinot Noir is excellent, and so are the Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. These are good-value wines. The wines have a very limited distribution, so if you find something you like, you had better stock up at the winery.
You will find Handley Cellars on the north side of the highway. Handley is a small family-owned winery that began making wine in 1982. The winemaker is Milla Handley, one of the first women winemakers. Handley makes an array of delicious wines from the Anderson Valley and from another vineyard they own in the Dry Creek area of the Russian River Wine Region. The Pinot Noir is very lovely and a little more robust than its nearby neighbors, Navarro and Greenwood Ridge. The Gewurztraminer is also an excellent choice. The Handley tasting room has unusual pieces of international folk art. They have a charming patio area with picnic tables that look over the adjacent vineyards. Handley is an excellent choice for a picnic lunch.
Lula Cellars is one of the latest wineries in the Anderson Valley to enter the world of fabulous Pinot Noir. Lula recently opened a new tasting room on Guntley Road. Behind the tasting room and small wine production cellar are 11 acres of young vineyards, most of which are Pinot Noir vines. Owner and winemaker Jeff Hansen is a veteran winemaker and grower. Lula Cellars is currently producing three Pinot Noir labels. These are exquisite wines and match the best of the Pinot Noir wines produced in the Anderson Valley.
The tasting room is open daily from 10 to 6 pm
Phone: (707) 895-3737 Lula Cellars
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