Lake County Terroir
Master Vigneron Academy
Lake County Terroir
Lake County’s intensity of place – climate, soils, and sunlight – produces grapes and wines of compelling quality and character.
Master Vigneron Academy
Demonstrating innovation and leadership, the Lake County Master Vigneron Academy is the only program of its kind in the US.
Lake County growers are leaders in sustainability, focused on quality, industry-leading viticultural practices, and widespread vineyard certification.
The Rise of the Red Hills of Lake County
This is volcano country. The rocks are obsidian, a silica-heavy glass that formed near the end of the eruption cycle of nearby Mount Konocti, last active about 11,000 years ago. Those red soils, too, are the product of Mount Konocti, which once smothered its radius with blazing, mineral-rich lava. If you stand on the rock piles in the Obsidian Ridge Vineyard, which slopes from 2,300 feet at its base to 2,640 feet at its peak, you can see for miles.
Obsidian Ridge, photo by Santiago Mejia, SF Chronicle
UPDATE: LCWC in partnership with the Lake County Winery Association has launched a new website to serve as an educational resource about the Lake County wine region. LEARN MORE

Discover Lake County

Known as “The Mountains of the North Coast,” Lake County is an exciting high-elevation wine region located in Northern California’s prestigious North Coast appellation. What makes this area so special?

2018 Sauvignon Blanc Experience

  • Taste some of the very best Sauvignon Blanc available anywhere.
  • Participate in pairings that show why Sauvignon Blanc is such a food-friendly wine.
  • Meet winemakers who recognize the quality of this under-appreciated varietal.
  • Discover why the wine world is so excited about Sauvignon Blanc.

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Weather Resources

For growers, weather is an ongoing topic of discussion – and for good reason. Daily and seasonal weather conditions have a significant impact on vineyards. To help you stay informed, the Commission provides a number of resources, from the Western Weather Service to monthly climate reports. Read More

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