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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LCWC Finance Committee Meeting 2:00 pm
LCWC Finance Committee Meeting @ LCWC Office and Video Conference
May 2 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Agenda – LCWC Finance Committee Meeting, May 2, 2022
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LCWC Community & Industry Relations Committee Meeting 3:00 pm
LCWC Community & Industry Relations Committee Meeting @ LCWC Office and Video Conference
May 3 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Agenda – LCWC Community Industry Relations Committee Meeting, May 3, 2022
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LCWC Executive Committee Meeting 1:00 pm
LCWC Executive Committee Meeting @ LCWC Office and Video Conference
May 10 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Agenda – LCWC Executive Committee Meeting, May 10, 2022
LCWC Board Meeting 2:00 pm
LCWC Board Meeting @ LCWC Office and Video Conference
May 10 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Agenda – LCWC Board Meeting, May 10, 2022
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Webinar – Water Resilience for Vineyards in Drought 8:00 am
Webinar – Water Resilience for Vineyards in Drought
May 11 @ 8:00 am – May 12 @ 12:00 pm
Webinar – Water Resilience for Vineyards in Drought
  Join some of the top experts in viticulture and water to learn about policy, regulations, and strategies to cope with drought in vineyards. When: May 11 – 12, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM Topics include:[...]
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