Anderson Valley, Mendocino County

Anderson Valley is a 2 hour drive north of San Francisco. The nicest lodging in the region is in the town of Mendocino, a 45 minute picturesque, but twisting drive from Anderson Valley. Most of the Anderson Valley wineries are within a 20 to 30 minute driving distance from each other.

Recommended Wineries

Balo Vineyards
Address9001 Highway 128, Philo
Tasting RoomCall for hours
ProductionVery limited
WinemakerJason Drew
OwnerTim Mullins
Comments8-acre vineyard planted 1998. Long-time grape supplier, started own label 2009 vintage.
PoP coverageBalo Vineyards
Baxter Winery
Address8660 Highway 128, Philo, California
Tasting RoomThurs-Mon 11:00 - 5:00
Production2,000 cases of Pinot Noir.
WinemakerPhil Baxter Jr..
OwnerPhil Baxter Sr. and Jr..
CommentsWines worth searching out. Uniquely vinified without new oak.
PoP coverageBaxter Winery
Black Kite Cellars
Tasting RoomNot open to the public.
ProductionLess than 900 cases annually.
WinemakerJeff Gaffner
OwnerDonald and Maureen Green
CommentsKite's Rest Vineyard is on a 40-acre parcel in Anderson Valley's "Deep End" district. Vineyard manager is Paul Ardzrooni, a specialist in Anderson Valley Pinot Noir.
PoP coverageBlack Kite Cellars
Drew Family Cellars
Address31351 Philo-Greenwood Rd, Elk
Tasting RoomTours and tasting by appointment at the winery. Tasting room in Philo.
Production2,000 cases Pinot Noir, Syrah and Albarino
WinemakerJason Drew
OwnerMolly and Jason Drew
CommentsLocated in the hills above the Anderson Valley in the Mendocino Ridge appellation of Mendocino County. A very picturesque property with a young, highly talented winemaker. The wines are among the best available from Anderson Valley and Mendocino Ridge.
PoP coverageDrew Family Cellars
Elke Vineyards
Address2210 N Third Ave, Napa
Tasting RoomTours and tasting by appointment
Production1,200 cases Pinot Noir, Rose
WinemakerTom Farella
OwnerMary and Tom Elke
CommentsFarms 80 acres at Donnelly Creek Vineyard in the Anderson Valley and 18 acres in the Tulocay district of Napa Valley. Mary Elke is a long-time winegrower who supplies grapes to many notable wineries.
PoP coverageElke Vineyards
Esterlina Vineyards & Winery
Address1200 Homes Ranch Road, Philo
Tasting RoomBy appointment.
ProductionRussian River Valley and Anderson Valley Pinot Noir.
WinemakerEric Sterling MD
OwnerSterling Family
CommentsTo visit, you must drive up a long gravel road (not meant for nice cars). The drive is worth it as the views of the Anderson Valley are spectacular and the Sterling family are very gracious hosts. Bring a picnic lunch. Esterlina farms the Cole Ranch AVA, at 253 acres, the smallest AVA in California. Owners of Everett Ridge Winery in Healdsburg. Note: As of mid-2013, the Esterlina property was for sale so check before visiting.
PoP coverageEsterlina Vineyards & Winery
Foursight Wines
Address14475 Highway 128, just north of Boonville
Production1000 cases Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon
WinemakerJoseph Webb
OwnerBill & Nancy Charles, Joseph & Kristy Webb
CommentsCharming people and tasting room, impressive Pinot Noir.
PoP coverageFoursight Wines
Goldeneye Winery
Address9200 Hwy 128, Philo
Tasting RoomBeautiful hospitality center and tasting room open 11-4 daily. Picnic facilities.
Production12,000 cases, Pinot Noir exclusively
WinemakerZach Rasmussen
OwnerDuckhorn Wine
CommentsAlong with Roederer, one of the largest landowners in Anderson Valley (150 acres). Home to annual Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Festival.
PoP coverageGoldeneye Winery
Greenwood Ridge
Address5501 Highway 128, Philo
Tasting Room10-5 daily
WinemakerAllan Green
OwnerAllan Green
CommentsIconic winery dating to 1980 with a valley landmark tasting room. Pinot Noir from Mendocino Ridge consistently fine and well-priced.
PoP coverageGreenwood Ridge Vineyards
Handley Cellars
Address3151 Hwy 128, Philo
Tasting RoomAttractive tasting room with interesting art open 10-6 May-Oct, 10-5 Nov-April. Picnic facilities.
Production18,000 cases of multiple varietals.
WinemakerMilla Handley
OwnerMilla Handley
Comments30 acres owned, 20 acres leased. The sparkling wine is exceptional.
PoP coverageHandley Cellars
AddressPO Box 160, Albion
Tasting Room1810 Highway 128 at Floodgate Market, Highway marker 16 in Philo. Friday through Monday 11-5.
ProductionSmall lots of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay
WinemakerRobert Klindt
OwnerMoira and Bruce Conzelman
CommentsExcellent Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from a winery that plans to expand production in future.
PoP coverageHarmonique
Husch Vineyards
Address4400 Hwy 128, Philo
Tasting RoomSmall, quaint open daily.
Production40,000 cases
WinemakerBrad Holstine
OwnerVPs Amanda and Zack Robinson
Comments23 acres owned, 180 acres leased.
PoP coverageHusch Vineyards
Lazy Creek Vineyards
Address4741 Hwy 128, Philo
Tasting RoomBy apointment.
Production3,000 cases Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling and Gew├╝rztraminer
WinemakerChristy Griffith
OwnerFerrari-Carano Vineyards & Winery
Comments92-acre historic ranch planted to 36 acres of Pinot including an 8-acre block that is one of the oldest Pinot Noir vineyards in California. Sustainably farmed since its beginning 40 years ago.
PoP coverageLazy Creek Vineyards
Lula Cellars
Address9000 Highway 128, Philo
Tasting Room11-5 daily (summer), 11-5 Fri-Mon (winter)
ProductionJeff Hansen
WinemakerJeff Hansen
CommentsLess than 500 cases of stellar Pinot Noir.
PoP coverageLula Cellars
Navarro Vineyards
Address5601 Hwy 128, Philo
Tasting RoomOpen daily.
Production40,000 cases of multiple white varietals and Pinot Noir.
WinemakerJim Klein
OwnerDeborah Cahn and Edward Bennett
CommentsA pioneer in the Anderson Valley. 90 acres owned.
PoP coverageNavarro Vineyards
Roederer Estate
Address4501 Highway 128, Philo.
Tasting RoomModern redwood barn open daily 11-5.
Production92,000 cases
WinemakerAmaud Weyrich
OwnerChampagne Louis Roederer
Comments460 acres owned, 120 acres leased. One of California's preeminent sparkling wine producers. Still Pinot Noir is produced and sold in tasting room.
PoP coverageRoederer Estate
Saracina Vineyards
Address11684 S. Highway 101, Hopland
Tasting RoomOpen daily 11-5, tours by appt
WinemakerAlex MacGregor/David Ramey
OwnerJohn Fetzer
CommentsOne of newest and most modern tasting rooms in Mendocino County. Saracina is John Fetzer's second winery (he sold Fetzer Vineyards). Formerly the Sundial Ranch, Saracina Ranch comprises 300 acres of vineyards. Saracina has the only wine cave in Mendocino and it is worth a tour.
PoP coverageSaracina Vineyards

Recommended Lodging

Albion River Inn
Address3790 N Hwy 1, Albion (Mendocino Coast)
Phone707-937-0289 (Restaurant - 707-937-1919)
CommentsExcellent restaurant. Very nice accommodations on coast with impressive views of ocean. Highly recommended. 45 minute drive to Anderson Valley. Restaurant features local seafood. The wine list is among the largest and best in the area with 350 selections. Corkage is $15.
Anderson Valley Inn
Address8480 Highway 128, Philo, California.
CommentsBudget choice in a well-located lodging in the midst of the Anderson Valley.
Apple Farm
Address18501 Philo-Greenwood Rd, Philo
Comments3 cottages, cooking classes. Former original owners of the French Laundry Restaurant. Also have a rental on the Mendocino Coast available called The Elk Cottage. Owners are John Schmitt's parents (see Boonville Hotel). Store with many varieties of apples and apple cider.
Boonville Hotel
Address14050 Hwy 128, Boonville, California
Phone707-845-2210 (Restaurant 707-895-2210)
OwnerJohn Schmitt
Comments8 rooms, 1 bungalow. Nothing luxurious, but a more than adequate country inn. Restaurant on bottom floor is Table 128, manned by chef-owner John Schmitt who grew up cooking in his family's restaurant, the earlier iteration of The French Laundry. The four-course menu changes daily and is served family style. The wine list is small at 50 bottles, but has many unique wines that are well-priced. Corkage is $20.
Greenwood Pier Inn
Address5928 S Hwy 1, Elk (Mendocino Coast)
CommentsVery quirky accommodations perched on cliffs overlooking breathtaking views of ocean. 45 minutes to Anderson Valley.
Highland Ranch
Address18501 VAn Zandt's Resort Road, Philo
Comments100 year old farmhouse with 8 guest cottages, restaurant, pool, pet and family friendly. Horseback riding, swimming, tennis, and fishing.
MacCallum House Inn
Address45020 Albion St., Mendocino
CommentsIf you stay for three nights, one day is spent on a luxury wine tour of Anderson Valley transported in the Inn's stretch SUV limousine or Lincoln Town Car. VIP tastings and discounted pricing on wine purchases, along with a gourmet picnic lunch.
The Harbor House Inn
Address5600 S Hwy 1, Elk (Mendocino Coast)
CommentsLodging and fine seaside dining 30 minutes south of the town of Mendocino.
The Madrones
Address9000 Highway 128, Philo
CommentsThe nicest lodging available in the Anderson Valley, located near Philo, adjacent Goldeneye's tasting room and vineyard. Owner Jim Roberts is a capable and friendly host who personally designed and tastefully decorated nine Mediterranean-themed rooms. Four winery tasting rooms are in the property's courtyard: Bink, Drew, Knez and Signal Ridge. An intimate restaurant, Stone and Embers, is highly recommended. Chef Patrick Meany has an impressive culinary resume and it shows in his wood fired oven dishes and a daily changing menu. Check the restaurants website for lunch and dinner hours (no dinner during the winter).
The Other Place
AddressPO Box 49, Yorkville
CommentsA 550 acre ranch with several cottages.
The Other Place
AddressThe Other Ranch Road, Boonville
CommentsFour contemporary private cottages in secluded settings ranging from a ridge top to creekside locations; several have views.

Recommended Restaurants

Albion River Inn (see lodging)
Comments500 bottle wine list covers U.S. Pinot Noir. Corkage is $20.
Aquarelle Cafe & Wine Bar
Address14025 Highway 128, Boonville
CommentsFormer luxury ship chef Christina Jones came home, offering an eclectic menu and local wines.
Boonville Hotel 128 (see lodging)
CommentsThe most ambitious menu in the Anderson Valley. Restaurant named 128. It serves upscale family-style prix-fixe dinners with local ingredients.
Cafe Beaujolais
Address961 Ukiah St, Mendocino
CommentsA Mendocino tradition located inside an 1893 Victorian farmhouse. The new owners are committed to the quality level set by founding chef Margaret Fox. Local producers and organic ingredients. Wine list has 300 selections, pricing is moderate, and corkage is $20.
Address14211 Hwy 128, Boonville
CommentsSimple but good café food
Address8651 Hwy 128, Philo
CommentsGreat basic Mexican food well-executed adored by the locals. Dinner ends at 8:00 PM. Corkage is $5.
Mosswood Market Cafe
AddressDowntown Boonville on Highweay 128.
CommentsDeli sandwiches, soups, salads, coffee, tea, desserts.
Address130 W. Standley St., Ukiah
OwnerCraig Strattman and Bridget Harrington
CommentsLunch and dinner is very good at this restaurant in the inland town of Ukiah. The owners and chefs were once winery chefs so the restaurant is very wine-friendly. Focus on fresh, local ingredients. The wine list has about 100 offerings, most of which are from Mendocino County. Corkage is $10 and free for Mendocino County wines.
Redwood Drive-In
AddressDowntown Boonville.
CommentsEvery small town has a diner serving basic food three meals a day. Although the name implies a drive-in, this is a walk-in restaurant. A map of Anderson Valley in Bonntling is painted on the Cafe's outside wall.
Stone and Embers
AddressInside The Madrones in Philo
CommentsSee The Madrones under lodging.

Picnic Supplies

Anderson Valley Market
AddressDowntown Boonville
CommentsGrocery store with deli sandwiches in meat department.
Floodgate Store and Deli
Address8 miles west of Philo on Highway 128.
Lemon's Market and Deli
AddressDowntown Philo
CommentsGrocery story with deli sandwich service in meat department.
Navarro Store
AddressOn the Navarro Curve, Highway 128.
CommentsDeli, beer, wine and soda, week-end BBQ in summer.

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