Surrounded by 2500-foot high mountains, Anderson Valley opens up its beauty to the coast towards its eastern end, allowing the summertime fog to touch its surroundings. Let’s explore and have a taste of what a visit to Anderson Valley wineries is like!
Tucked in a small valley beneath the rolling hills is the Navarro Vineyards, famous for the Alsatian varieties, especially its big-nosed gewürztraminer. You can only take advantage of these wines here and at some indie restaurants and shops. If you are a non-drinker, worry not because this one of the best Anderson Valley wineries offer you a wide selection of deliciously prepared unfermented grape juices.
Lazy Creek Vineyards
The smallest among all the wineries in the area, the Lazy Creek Vineyards serves gorgeous wines that are exceptionally paired with delectable dishes. Most wines here are unfiltered and organic, lending its tasters the specific fullness to satisfy their mouth’s desire. Among all Anderson Valley wineries, this is the only winery that grows pinot blanc, and its popular gewürztraminer vines belong to the oldest species in the U.S. Its funky little wine tasting room is also the winery’s barrel room so expect it to be chilly inside.
Esterlina Vineyards lies high above the Anderson Valley. It has spectacular views, making it a perfect spot for a family picnic. Because this winery gets its fruits from five different vineyards, it makes a wide variety of delicious wines. Aside from the local specialties, chardonnay, pinot noir, and Riesling, Esterlina also offers big, chewy cabernets and zinfandels. The hilltop location of this winery makes it a perfect place to visit if you want a combination of wine tasting activities and scenic drive.
Creeping roses can be seen at the four corners of this 100-year old redwood wine tasting room. Among all the Anderson Valley wineries, Husch Vineyards has the oldest and healthiest pinot noir vines, almost 40 years old. This winery makes both Burgundy and California- style pinots. It also offers two styles chardonnay. All its wines are grown and bottled at the estate and most of them are of single varieties.
Do not forget to check out the cool collection of Eastern and African artifacts at this winery. The Handley Cellars makes really good estate-grown chardonnay and gewürztraminer. You can also find worthwhile pinot gris, pinot noir, and pinot rose. The wines here are definitely worth tasting; however, it is really the artwork here that captures any visitors’ imagination.