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Visiting Anderson Valley

If you find yourself visiting Nothern California Wine Country, there is no shortage of choices to visit: Napa Valley, Russian River Valley, Anderson Valley and beyond. Anderson Valley is an excellent option, offering outstanding wines in a rural setting leading out to the fabled Mendocino coastline.

Here is our overview of the Anderson Valley region and our tips for wineries to taste at, as well as recommendations for lodging and dining:

Anderson Valley Location and Regions

Anderson Valley snakes through beautiful rolling hills spilling out onto the Mendocino County coastline, just under 100 miles north of San Francisco. Farther north than Napa Valley or Sonoma County and so close to the coast, this region features a cool-weather climate ideal for Burgundian and northern European varieties like Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Gewurztraminer. Wines are more restrained and sophisticated than those from the warmer valleys further south, with a refined elegance and balanced structure that makes them food- and aging-friendly.

Unless you live in the area, it's hard to make this a 'day trip'. There's more than enough to do to make either a weekend or week-long trip, including combining tasting with the other activities Mendocino County offers.

Anderson Valley Itinerary #1 - Best of the Best

Only have one day to taste? Then don't mess these wineries - they are our favorites for the region, the Easy Food & Wine "Best of the Best".

Goldeneye Winery - We love, love, love the Pinot Noir from this property, which is the Anderson Valley brand of awesome producer, Duckhorn.
Navarro Vineyards - These folks make unique, fun, affordable wines and have been at it for decades. Try the Gewurztraminers and whites.
Roederer Estate - Mix it up and go for bubbles. Founded by a fifth-generation family member of the great Roederer Champagne house.
Husch Vineyards - The oldest winery in the Anderson Valley appellation. Makes 22 varieties of wine, and best known for Pinot Noir and Chenin Blanc.

Anderson Valley Itinerary #2 - Off the Beaten Path

This itinerary includes some of the less well-known wineries open for tasting in Anderson Valley that also boast fabulous wines.

Scharffenberger Cellars - Dedicated to producing premium sparkling wines. Their Brut bottling is full-bodied and racy, made of 2/3 Pinot Noir.
Londer Vineyards - Family winery making highly-rated Pinot Noir, as well as spicy, exotic bottlings of Gewurztraminer.
Handley Cellars - Small producer of high-quality estate-grown wines, with a mix of everything - whites, reds and even sparkling wines.
Drew Family Cellars - A relatively new winery founded in 2000, the Drew Family focuses on Pinot Noir and Syrah from coastal sites.

Where to Stay & Dine in Mendocino County

Anderson Valley is far enough from other areas of Wine Country and the Bay Area that you'll usually want to make the most of your trip by staying a night or more in or near the town of Mendocino. Great options for dining and lodging abound.


MacCallum House - Ideal downtown location with some rooms featuring peeks of the ocean. The property encompasses several buildings, with B&B-style rooms, suites and cottages to suit almost any want.
Albion River Inn - Located in Albion a bit south of the town of Mendocino, this property has unbelievable panoramic views of the staggering coastline. Rooms are beautifully appointed and luxurious.


MacCallum House Restaurant - The cozy fireplaced dining room serves an excellent dinner - as well as breakfast. Enjoy creative California fare such as venison medallions with wild boar sausage and yam hash.
955 Ukiah Street Restaurant - Charming downtown location with fresh, regionial cuisine. We especially love the seafood, such as pan-seared haddock with chopped scallops and fresh herbs. Great local wine list.
Cafe Beaujolais: A Mendocino staple. High-quality ingedients are the star in the wide-ranging menu including both European-inspired dishes, like Seared Foie Gras, and Asian-inspired dishes, like Shang-Hi Chicken Salad.

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