About Mendocino Ridge AVA
The Mendocino Ridge AVA floats above the Anderson Valley appellation along the Pacific Coast of California. The only non-contiguous AVA in the United States, the region consists of steep, timber covered ridgelines, jutting above 1200 feet in elevation. These majestic ridgelines receive uninterrupted sunshine as they rise above the cooling fog that rolls in from the Pacific Ocean. Such unique growing conditions in this AVA impart distinct flavors not captured in an other wines.
In their petition, the AVA members referred to the vineyards as “cool, sun soaked vineyards in a sea of forests”. Zinfandel has been a specialty since the late 1800s when Italians homesteaded the area and planted sun-loving varieties. Pinot Noir is now the most common varietal planted.