Lake County Terroir

In the heart of Northern California’s Coastal Range, Lake County’s 9,454 acres of vineyard grace the valleys, terraces and ridges of a remarkable landscape. With Clear Lake at its center, the viticultural region spans a range of terrain shaped by volcanic and tectonic forces. This combination of altitude, climate, and soils plus the careful selection of winegrape varieties permits Lake County growers to achieve a nearly perfect union of site and variety.

The harmony of site and varietal selection can result in a wine that expresses its sense of place, which French winemakers refer to as terroir. Learn more about the unique characteristics that contribute to the terroir that defines Lake County:

Elevation
Climate
Soils
Varietals

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Wine Enthusiast Webinar: How Volcanic Soils Create ‘Intensity of Place’ 12:00 pm
Wine Enthusiast Webinar: How Volcanic Soils Create ‘Intensity of Place’
Nov 17 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
“Volcanic wines” is an emerging category of wines that is as fascinating as it is rare, and yet little understood. How do volcanic soils influence the growth and production of various wines? What challenges do[...]
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