Winegrape Varietals Grown in Lake County

Lake County winegrape growers take great pride in producing top quality varietals ranging from remarkable Sauvignon Blancs to Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec and several others.

Big Valley’s terroir is home to refreshing Sauvignon Blancs, establishing Lake County as one of the premier California regions for the varietal. Volcanic Kelsey Bench and the gravel seams in Big Valley District produce intense and balanced Zinfandels and Cabernet Francs. Chardonnay, Viogner, Riesling, and Merlot are also grown in the Big Valley and Kelsey Bench AVAs.

In the High Valley AVA, growers are producing award-winning Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Syrah, Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Petite Verdot, Malbec, Grenache, Mourvedre, Tempranillo, and Pinot Noir.

Single cluster of red grapes hanging on vine

Middletown, with its distinction of having the oldest winegrape vines in California – dating back to the 1850s – is home to top-notch Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Syrah, Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Petite Verdot, Malbec, Grenache, Mourvedre, Tempranillo, and Pinot Noir.

In the Red Hills of Lake County, high elevation vineyards produce excellent Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah, Zinfandel.

And in Upper Lake, winegrape growers are cultivating high quality Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Muscat, Sauvignon Blanc, and Zinfandel vineyards.

Nearly 170 growers are committed to continue Lake County’s tradition of producing exceptional fruit and wines.

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Momentum 2020 1:00 pm
Momentum 2020 @ Soper-Reese Theatre
Mar 26 @ 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Momentum 2020 @ Soper-Reese Theatre
In light of recent guidance from public health officials regarding the cancellation of events through the end of March to slow the spread of COVID-19, the Lake County Winegrape Commission regrets that Momentum 2020, which[...]
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