North Coast

The 4 counties of CA’s North Coast

Napa County
First planting in 1838 by George Yount
Over 39K acres under vine
Wine range of climaes and meso-climates

Pope Valley
Howell Mt – Cab & Zin
Stags Leap –
Diamond Mt – Cab Sauv
St Helena
Spring Mt
Wild Horse Valley
Mt Veeder
Atlas Peak
Chiles Valley
Oak Knoll
Los Carneros – drastically different, overlaps Somona and Napa; Chard & Pinot Noir are great
Calistoga (pending) – great Cab Sauv

Sonoma Valley
First vinifera vineyards planted near Sonoma in 1838 by Agoston Haraszthy (Buena Vista Winery)
Six fertile valleys – maritime influence
Larger area than Napa Valley with a greater range of meso-climates
Very diverse climates – cool to moderate
Russian River – sparkling wine, pinot noir
Alexander Vallei – Cab Sauv

Alexander Valley
Russian River Valley
Knights Valley
Dry Creek Valley
Knights Valley
Chalk Hill
Rockpile – big time Zin
Green Valley of Russian River Valley – Chard
Sonoma Coast
Los Caneros
Bennett Valley
Sonoma Valley
Sonoma Mt
Norther Somona

Mendocino & Lake County AVAs
Wine Range of meso-climates
Historically jug wine varieties planted in warmest areas
Cooler climate with an active sparkling wine industry
Best vineyards sites on the fork of the Navarro and Mendocino rivers

Anderson Valley
Cole Ranch
Dos Rios
Potter Valley
Redwood Valley
McDowell Valley
Mendocino Ridge
Benmore Valley
Yorkville Highlands
Clear Lake
Guenoc Valley
Red Hills Lake County