Off the Beaten Path Wine County – Hopland


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Joe Becerra

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Hopland is a sleepy town in Mendocino County. You can easily guess how Hopland got its name. Hops no longer grow in this area, but grape vineyards abound. The wine AVA is Mendocino County, but there are two smaller AVAs in the Hopland area, Potter Valley and Redwood Valley.

Hopland off the beaten path wine country
Hopland wine country is off the beaten path – excellent wines to be found

Hopland is only 30 minutes from the fashionable wine country town of Healdsburg. Yet, the two places are worlds apart. Things move at a much slower pace in Hopland. There about 18 wineries in the area, but we have selected a handful for your enjoyment. We love visiting each of these wineries and find them to be exciting and fun.

Hopland Secret Wineries

How do we get there

Hopland is 45 miles north of Santa Rosa and 100 miles north of San Francisco. Highway 101 runs through the town of Hopland, so no trouble finding the town.

Where do we stay

In the town of Hopland, there are two excellent places to stay. The Thacher Inn has recently been restored. It is historic and a very grand hotel.

Staying in Hopland is cool!

To the South, Cloverdale and Geyserville offer accommodations that are less expensive.

Where do we dine

Hopland Wineries to Visit

Terra Sávia

Terra Sávia is a fantastic small winery. You will like the friendliness of the entire staff at Terra Savia. The tasting room is filled with artwork from several acclaimed artists. The wines are from organic grapes and are all estate. The wines are priced perfectly for the budget-minded wine shopper. The grounds are beautiful and a perfect spot for a picnic lunch. Wines are available by the glass. We love their unoaked Chardonnay.

Saracina Vineyards

Saracina Vineyards is blah miles north of the town of Hopland. The countryside is oh, so beautiful. Saracina is family-owned, and all their vineyards are certified sustainable. The tasting room is modern and inviting. The wines are fantastic; we love the Sauvignon Blanc and the Zinfandel.

Blue Quail

The famous vintner and vineyard farmer Guinness McFadden is the man behind the Blue Quail label. The organic vineyards are in Potter Valley, but the tasting room is on the main drag of Hopland. The Riesling and the Gewurztraminer are our favorites, but all their wines are excellent and reasonably priced.

Graziano Family of Wines

Graziano is another famous name in the wine scene in Mendocino. Gregory Graziano is the third-generation winemaker, following in the footsteps of his grandfather and father. The tasting room is next door to Blue Quail. There are four labels of wines available to taste. Our favorite wine, by a long shot, is the Old Vine Zinfandel.


Campovida is more upscale compared to the other wineries, but it is worth the time to visit. The grounds are spectacular and many wedding events take place at Campovida. The wines are more pricey here than at the other wineries. The Rhone wines are excellent. The winery has Bocce courts and a picnic area. The area is beautiful and serene.

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  • Joe Becerra

    Joe Becerra has been traveling to wine country and enjoying wine since 1965. He is a retired educator, and now have the time the opportunity to share his wine travel experiences through this Website.