Mendocino Wine Country


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Joe Becerra

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Mendocino wine country  – Wine Trails

Mendocino wine country has two distinct wine areas. The first is the famed Anderson Valley on Highway 128 on the way to the town of Mendocino. The second Mendocino wine country region is area on Highway 101 between Hopland and Ukiah.  While the Anderson Valley is a cool climate growing area, the Hopland area is much more versatile and ideal for growing a variety of grapes.   Which wine trail will you explore?  Also see, Best Time to Visit the Wine Country.

Anderson Valley Wine Trail in Mendocino County

Traveling to the romantic town of Mendocino, Highway 128 passes through the beautiful Anderson Valley wine country. The Anderson Valley has a cool climate perfect for growing Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Alsatian wines. The tiny town of Boonville makes the beginning of the Anderson Valley heading to the West along Highway 128. Be prepared for an amazing experience of little wineries making excellent Pinot Noir and sparkling wines.

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Navarro Vineyards in the Anderson Valley – a must stop, fantastic picnic area

Hopland Wine Trail

The Hopland Wine Trail in Mendocino County runs along Highway 101 between Hopland and Willits. Hopland, a town all of three blocks long, is the hub of this wine country. Within that stretch of three blocks Hopland boasts eight tasting rooms, and several boutique and artsy shops. Hopland has only a 1000 residents but tourist can make Hopland a busy three block spot. There are so many good wineries within a a short distance. What fun!

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18 Hopland wineries in Mendocino County

Advice for your Mendocino Wine Tour:

We recommend that you stay and dine in the town of Mendocino. There are many wonderful choices of accomodations and dining establishments in or near this beautiful coastal town. Mendocino is about 30 miles from the Anderson Valley.

You are encouraged to have a designated driver | Consider a limousine or van service

First time to a winery? Find out what happens in a typical tasting room.

Are you wondering about how to taste wine? Wine Tasting Techniques

Pace yourself and make a day of wine tasting.

There are other Mendocino wineries on our wine tour; if you see one that strikes your fancy, drop in and tell us what you think.

Plan for a picnic lunch at one of the wineries.

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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.

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