California Wineries

Amador County

Amador Foothill Winery
Amador Foothill Winery produces classic vineyard-designated Zinfandel and is among the pioneers making Sangiovese in California.

Argonaut Winery
Argonaut Winery is an easy drive from Sacramento, Lake Tahoe or the San Francisco Bay Area. You can find our winery off uncrowded scenic backroads, hidden in the woods of the picturesque gold country in Ione, CA.

Deaver Vineyards
Located in a setting of green lawns and bright flowers, the winery shares it's lush landscape with the Amador Harvest Inn. Picnic tables and gourmet picnic food are available.

Renwood Vineyards
Renwood produces world class award winning wines from this little known appellation in the heart of California's Mother Lode country.

Shenandoah Vineyards
Founded in 1977, Shenandoah has gone from 1200 cases to a huge 30,000 cases. Their range of wines is large and quality driven.

Stoneridge Winery
Stoneridge creates a Zinfandel and Ruby Cabernet. They have tasting 1200pm-400pm weekends and by appointment.

Story Winery
Story Winery makers of Mission and Zinfandel wines, is located in the heart of the historic Mother Lode of the Sierra Nevada Foothills

Calaveras County

Black Sheep Winery
Just opened in 1986, this small winery puts out a handcrafted selection of Zinfandel, Cabernet sauvignon and Sauvignon blanc.

Chatom Vineyards
Chatom is located in the valley of Esmeralda, where vines were first planted in 1981. They produce Chardonnay, Zinfandel, Merlot, and much more.

Ironstone Vineyards
This fine producer creates Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Obsession Symphony, Merlot, Shiraz, and Cabernet Franc. The Obsession Symphony is a White Zin replacement created from Muscat of Alexandria and Grenache Gris.

Malvadino Vineyards
Just planting Zinfandel and Mission-style wines now, Malvadino is a small, Italian-style vineyard which is open for picnics and visits.

Milliaire Winery
Located in Murphys, one of the "Gold Rush Towns", Milliaire produces a variety of wines such as Zinfandels and Chianti-styles.

Stevenot Winery
Stevenot was being planted with grapes in the 1970s, and quickly began to win numerous awards for its fine wines. They are known for their Cabernet, Chardonnay and Zinfandel, and produce others as well.


Acadia Winery
Typical for Carneros, Acadia is known for Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs. Call ahead for a tasting here.

Bouchaine Winery
Well known for its Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays, Bouchaine has both the old in its rustic barn, and the new in its elegant tasting areas.

Carneros Creek Winery
Known for their Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, Carneros Creek Winery also has other items for sale on their web site. Also known as Fleur de Carneros Cellars.

Cline Cellars
Founded in 1982 in Oakley, California, Cline wines are created by Zinfandel and Rhone varietal specialists.

Domine Carneros by Tattinger
Some of the best sparkling wines outside of France are made here in the US by the French house. Information on wines, plus recipes each month

Schug Carneros Estate Winery
Founded in 1980, Schug Carneros Estate Winery is the result of a dream of the famous winemaker, Walter Schug. He gained his reputation as Winemaker for Joseph Phelps Vineyards in the 1970's.

William Hill
Since 1978, William Hill has made fine Chardonnays and Cabernets in the Carneros district. They also make Napa Valley wines.

Mendocino County

Brutocao Cellars
Grandfather Irv Bliss purchased the Mendocino County property in the mid- 1940s. The family began making wine in 1991.

Claudia Springs Winery
Claudia Springs was founded in 1989 by two families, Claudia and Warren Hein, and Claudia and Bob Klindt. They've grown from a humble 550+ cases in 1990 to an astounding 2200 cases in 1996.

Edmeades Vineyards
Edmeades is pure Mendocino. It is the authentic taste of one of California's final viticultural frontiers - the Anderson Valley. Winemaker Van Williamson is crafting excellent Zinfandels that are dark, dense and distinctively earthy with the smell of the season's first rain on a dusty road, but then bursting into rich, juicy flavors that recall summer's end

Fetzer Vineyards 
Fetzer is a well known name for White Zinfandel and is also respected for their other wines. Gorgeous web page.

Frey Vineyards
Owned and operated by the Frey family, Frey Vineyards produces preservative-free, natural wines that are as stable and delicious as their non-organic counterparts.

Gabrielli Winery
Gabrielli Winery is a small family oriented farm and winery founded in 1989. The estate vineyard is planted with Syrah and Sangiovese. They are located in the Redwood Valley.

Greenwood Ridge Vineyards
Greenwood Ridge Vineyards takes its name from the coastal ridgetop where their grapes are grown. From eight acres planted in 1972, our vineyard overlooking Anderson Valley has been expanded to 16 acres, four each of White Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Pinot Noir.

Handley Cellars
For seventeen years Milla Handley, owner and winemaker, has produced still and sparkling wines of the utmost complexity and balance. Handley Cellars owns two vineyards and produces more than ten varietals.

Husch Vineyards
Husch Vineyards is a small family winery and the first bonded winery located in the Anderson Valley appellation of Mendocino County in Northern California.

Mendocino Hill Winery
Mendocino Hill Winery is a tiny little family winery located in the eastern hills of Hopland, California where they grow their own grapes (all red varietals).

Mountain House Winery and Lodge
Established in 1859, Mountain House Ranch, once an inn and stagecoach stop in the Mendocino wilderness, is now the site of an exquisite winery and country lodge.

Navarro Vineyards
The family has been growing grapes and making wine in the Anderson Valley in coastal Mendocino since 1974. This small winery sells most of its wines direct.

Pepperwood Springs
Pepperwood Springs Vineyards and winery is located in the rolling hills above the scenic Anderson Valley of Northern California.

Roederer Winery
Roederer Estate Brut, the first California sparkling wine to be produced by Champagne Louis Roederer, builds upon a 200-year tradition of fine winemaking.

Scharffenberger Cellars
Philo is home to one of the preeminent producers of American sparkling wine, Scharffenberger Cellars, and its Pacific Echo sparkling wines.

Zellerbach Winery
Creator of Cab Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, White Zinfandel, and more!

Napa Valley

Araujo Estate Wines
Because this small winery is not open for Tours and Tastings, the wines are available only through their restaurants, retailers, and by mail from the winery.

Ariel Vineyards
Located in the Napa Valley, Ariel produces fine wines without alcohol that are winning awards at tastings.

Atlas Peak Winery
Although they do not offer touring or tastings, Atlas Peak does create some fine Cabernets and Chardonnays. Check out the web page for a 'virtual tour'.

Bayview Cellars
A relatively new winery, Bayview Cellars was founded in the Napa Valley in 1993 and has been putting out a small but high quality selection of wine.

Beringer Winery
Perhaps known as the "Creator of White Zinfandel", Beringer has a lot to offer. Established in the NV in 1876, Beringer makes a wide selection of wines including reislings and gewurztraminers.

Buehler Vineyards
Tours by appointment only. Located six winding miles east of downtown St. Helena and nestled in the mountains above Conn Valley, Buehler Vineyards encompasses some 300 acres of Napa Valley hillside terrain.

Burgess Cellars
Burgess Cellars is a stone and redwood mountainside winery which was originally started in the 1880's. They grow Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Zinfandel in the winery's mountain vineyards.

BV Wines
BV - Beaulieu Vineyards - put out a high quality selection of wines including a Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot. Look for the Carneros label as well.

Cain Vineyard and Winery
In 1980 the founders, Jerry and Joyce Cain, chose this rugged mountain terrain as the first estate to grow the five principal red Bordeaux varieties. Their dream of producing a red wine that would rival the best in the world has come to life with the Cain Five.

Cakebread Cellars
Celebrating its 25th Anniversary in 1998, Cakebread Cellars produces a variety of wines including cabernet, chardonnay, merlot, pinot noir and much more.

Chappellet Winery
This gorgeous web page describes their philosophy and wines - Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Sangiovese, Moelleux, and more.

Chateau Montelena
Chateau Montelena was founded by Alfred Tubbs in 1882. Remaining in the Tubbs family until the 1950's, the winery operated sporadically and the vineyard land was sold after the repeal of Prohibition. In 1972, under the leadership of Jim Barrett, a renaissance was begun.

Chateau Potelle
The fruit of their Mount Veeder Estate, combined with natural yeast fermentation and Marketta's winemaking process, create wines of strong varietal character with magnificent balance and harmony. Their wines are described as well rounded with great subtleness and complexity.

Chimney Rock Winery
Situated on the Silverado Trail in the world-renowned Stags Leap District of California's Napa Valley, our Cape Dutch-inspired estate winery is recognized as one of California's premier fine wine producers. Chimney Rock's limited production Elevage, Cabernet Reserve,Cabernet, Chardonnay and FumÈ Blanc are found in only the best restaurant cellars and private collections in the nation.

Chinnock Cellars
See the vines, listen to the winemaker! This Napa Valley wine site has tasting notes, wine detail, and much more.

Clos Du Val Winery
Located in the Stags Leap district, Clos Du Val produces a Semillon, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Merlot, Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve.

Clos Pegase Winery
Since opening the winery in June of 1987, Clos Pegase proprietors Jan Mitsuko Shrem have been steadily gracing the winery grounds with a myriad of artwork.

Cuvaison Winery
Cuvaison Winery was founded in 1969 in Calistoga, Napa Valley, California. The winery's name "cuvaison" (Koo-vay-sawn) is French for the fermentation of wine on the grape skins.

David Arthur Winery
with a Chardonnay and a Meritagio, David Arthur is growing in leaps and bounds.

Deer Park Winery
People rave about their Petite Sirahs! Check out the winery pages and, if you're in the area, swing by for a tasting.

Freemark Abbey
Well known for their Cabernet Sauvignon, Freemark Abbey is a great place to tour and visit!

Goose Cross Cellars
Fun web page with animation! Goose Cross makes a fine selection of Chardonnays, Cabernets, Syrah, and more.

Hakusan Sake Gardens
More a beer than a wine (because of the rice), Sake is tasty both warm and cold. Hasukan sake is created in NV with no preservatives or sulfites.

Hess Collection Winery
2000 feet above the Napa Valley floor, 20 years of experience make for some delicious wines.

Karl Lawrence Cellars
Founded in NV in 1991, the strong background of these winemakers has produced a delicious Cabernet Sauvignon. On line newsletter available.

Merryvale Vineyards
Founded in 1983, Merryvale has already made a mark. Its 'Starmont Chardonnay' was rated a "Spectator Selection" by The Wine Spectator.

Milat Vineyards
Started in 1949 and turned into a full winery in the 70s, Milat is a true family vineyard. They produce Chenin Blanc, blushes and more in the Napa Valley.

Map of Southern Napa Valley Wineries
Provided by Chinnock Cellars. For your viewing and trip planning pleasure!

Mario Perelli-Minetti Winery
Cabernets and Chardonnays from a long history of winemaking. The family has been in the business of making fine wine since the early fifteen hundreds.

Mumm Sparkling Wine
In 1984, G.H. Mumm of France decided to give it a try in Napa Valley. The resulting fine sparkling wines compare with any French Champagne.

Napa Valley Wineries
This web page lists out all Napa Valley Wineries, with both those on the net and those still not yet net-enabled. Plus tours, tasting, and other information for visitors.

Napa Vintners Association
The Napa Valley Vintners Association is a non-profit regional trade association with an active membership of 151 wineries. Good information about the Napa Valley area.

Paradigm Winery
Paradigm Winery produces a total of four different wines. The classic Bordeaux varieties Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc along with Zinfandel.

Phoenix Vineyards
Small winery in the Napa Valley. Web site is not complete yet; check back for future updates.

Prager Winery and Port Works
Located in the World famous Napa Valley, Prager Winery and Port Works is a family owned and operated Winery, specializing in the production of Drier Syle Ports.

Quail Ridge Winery
Founded in 1978, Quail Ridge prodcues very fine Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. They are owned by the Ruthford Benchmarks company.

St. Supéry Winery
First founded in 1881, this winery has a special insight into the small-scale creation of wine. Situated in the Napa Valley.

Sea Ridge Coastal Winery
Creator of an excellent merlot, nice and peppery. The site is still under construction, but should be up shortly.

Silverado Vineyards
Fine wines of chardonnay and sangiovese. The fine web site also has recipes and a harvest watch.

Silver Oak Cellars
The success of Silver Oak Cellars is based first and foremost upon the persistent dedication to making the finest Cabernet Sauvignon in California each year.

Steltzner Vineyards
Established in 1983, Steltzner boasts fine Cabernets and Merlots in lots of around 2000 - 3000 each. Located in the Napa Valley.

Stoneheath Wines
A winery in the Napa Valley making Italian-style wines, with grapes including Nebbiolo, Sangiovese, and Dolcetto.

Sutter Home
Very well known for their White Zinfandel, Sutter Home now has a "Portico" line which adds fruit flavors to this sweet wine.

ZD Wines
Producers of Chardonnay, Cabernet, Pinot Noir and Merlot, starting in Sonoma, for 30 years. The Napa Valley winery was opened in 1979.

San Diego

Bellefleur Winrey and Restaurant
Nestled in the popular Carlsbad Flower Fields, Bellefleur Winery and Restaurant is set against a fifty acre sea of millions of brightly colored ranunculus overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

Deer Park Escondido
Only 45 miles north of San Diego, located off the I-15 next to Lawrence Welk Village, is Deer Park Escondido Winery. Fine wines, deli and more are at this site.

Orfila Winery
Located in a 10,000 acre cultural and natural habitat in the San Pasqual Valley just 15 miles from the Pacific Ocean, Orfila is perhaps the smallest, most prolific viticultural winery in California.

Van der Vort Estates
Located at 300 Enterprise Street in Escondido, CA (about 25 miles North of San Diego), this winery is locally owned and features many fine wines including CHARISMA, 1996 ZINFANDEL, 1997 MERLOT, 1997 Carignane, and a 1998 CABERNET SAUVIGNON.

San Francisco

Bargetto Winery
Nestled in the Santa Cruz mountains, Bargetto makes quite a few wines, including a delicious Chaucer's Mead!

Murrieta's Well Vineyard
Murrieta's Well Vineyard was planted in 1884. This vineyard was begun with grape cuttings from such fine French vineyards as Ch,teau d'Yquem. They are especially well known for their Sauvignon Blancs.

The Retzlaff Winery
The Retzlaff Winery creates fine Cabernets and Cab-Merlot blends, as well as its series of white wines. Hand produced, Retzlaff prides itself on the quality of its output. Its web page has not only descriptions of their wines, but also festival information and a wine quiz.

Rosenblum Cellars Winery
Located in Alameda. Their building was created in 1910, sitting at the edge of San Francisco Bay. They get their grapes not only locally, but also from nearby grape-growing regions.

Stone Ridge Winery
Located in the Livermore Valley and established in 1975. They create not only 'typical' wines for the region, but also fresh and interesting Italian-style wines. These include a Malvasia Bianca and a Nebbiolo.

Iván Tamás Winery
Iv·n Tam·s Winery was begun by a family with centuries of experience behind them. Already their fine wines are garnering praise - the Trebbiano and Sangiovese as much as the Cabernet and Zinfandel. Their newest addition is their Dopo Cena, a delicious dessert wine.

Wente Vineyards
A destination not only for wine, but for golf and entertainment as well. Begun in 1883, Wente now has over three thousand acres of vines. They do especially well with Sauvignon Blanc, SemilÃlon and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Concannon Vineyard
The first winery to label their Petite Sirah by its name instead of by the more general (and geographically incorrect) "Burgundy" that other wineries were using. They make this excellent wine as well as fine Sauvignon Blancs and Cabernet Sauvignons.

A name well known throughout the world for its fine wines. With a 144 year history, Mirassou not only makes fine wines but also sparkling wines, plus they host tastings, courses, weddings, festivals and more.

Retzlaff Estate Wines
In our time of mass production it is a treasure to find a few things that are still made by hand. At Retzlaff, quality is our goal. Yet quality comes not only from our efforts but from the soil - the earth that produces the grapes. Our soil gives the grapes their flavor, the rich berry tones, the soft tannins and the long lingering finish.

Eckert Estate Winery
Nestled among the Livermore vineyards and olive trees, flourishes a new distinctively different winery. Here in the casual setting at Eckert Estate Winery, you can relax and taste exceptional wines, sample olive oil made from the surrounding trees, tour the olive mill, or just unwind under the canopies.

Mitchell Katz Winery
Mitchell Katz Winery has found a home. They will be located on 1188 Vineyard Ave., Pleasanton, CA. This is the location were the old Ruby Hill Winery once stood.

Santa Barbara

Byron Winery
Byron Vineyard and Winery was founded in 1984 by Winemaker Byron "Ken" Brown. Its vineyards include the historic Nielson block, the region's first commercial vineyard.

Cambria Winery
Located in Santa Barbara County's Santa Maria Valley, Cambria Winery creates world class Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

Clos Pepe Vineyards
Clos Pepe Vineyards is a 30 acre Chardonnay and Pinot Noir Vineyard in Northern Santa Barbara County.

Cottonwood Canyon Winery
Located in Santa Maria, California, Cottonwood Canyon creates a Chardonnay, a Pinot Noir, and a Cabernet Sauvignon.

Presidio Winery
Paying homage to the Spanish influence on California's rich viticultural history, Presidio Winery is named to honor the colonial presidios dotting Old California in the days of the Spanish missions.

Qupé Winery
The winery name, "Qupé," is the Chumash Indian word for California poppy. Bob Lindquist, owner of Qupé Winery, is one of Santa Barbara County's leading winemakers as well as one of California's original "Rhone Rangers."

Santa Barbara Winery
In 1962, Pierre Lafond re-established Santa Barbara County's Winemaking tradition by founding Santa Barbara Winery. The Winery was the first since prohibition.

Sonoma County

Arrowood Vineyards
Well known as an excellent winery, Arrowood is particularly well known for their fine Viognier. Their other wines are equally as good.

Canyon Road Winery
Canyon Road puts out a series of fines wines including a Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and more.

Chandelle Winery
Chandelle is family owned and operated. We bottle Gold Medal winning wines featuring color aviation art prints on each bottle. They've been doing it since 1986.

Chateau St. Jean
The 250 acres of land that currently occupy the Chateau St. Jean winery and vineyards were initially planted with white grapes. In 1973, Chateau St. Jean winery was founded. The winery was completed in 1980.

Chateau Souverain
In 1944, Chateau Souverain founder J. Leland "Lee" Stewart harvested his first crop of wine grapes from his Howell Mountain property in Napa Valley.

Clos du Bois
Clos du Bois began in Sonoma County as a vineyard operation in the early 1970s, with 590 acres of vineyards in the Alexander Valley. Today, Clos du Bois is one of America's best known wineries and a premier producer of wines from Sonoma County - particularly the Alexander Valley.

D'Agostini Winery
Founded in 1856 north of San Francisco, D'Agostini creates fine wines in the Sonoma area. Current releases include a Sangiovese, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, and Sauvignon Blanc.

Dry Creek Vineyard
Zinfandels, Chardonnays, grappa and more from Healdsburg, CA. Check out their monthly progress notes.

Frick Winery
Started in 1976 with proceeds from the sale of their 1957 Chevy! Frick puts forth a wide selection of wines, of the Dry Creek Valley appelation.

Geyser Peak Winery
Established in 1880, Geyser Peak makes a series of Chardonnays, Merlot, Meritage, Cabernet, and much more. They have won many awards for these. Geyser Peak Winery is 80 miles north of San Francisco on Highway 101 in the Alexander Valley.

Haywood Vineyards
Creators of a delicious Zinfandel, as well as many other wines. Their lovely web page has labels, growing details, and much more.

Il Cuore Winery
Famous for its heart-logoed wine bottles, these fine Sonoma wines are favorites at weddings and for all meals.

Kendall Jackson
One of the best known creators of Californian Chardonnays, this web site has food-wine pairings, quizzes, virtual tours and much more. Located in Santa Rosa.

Korbel Vineyards
Established in 1882, Korbel is a Californian sparkling wine standard, and one of the best known names in this industry.

Matanzas Creek Winery
This laid-back site goes over not only their wines, but also their gardens and lavender items. Known for their Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, and Merlot.

Rodney Strong Vineyards
Rodney Strong Vineyards is well known for its estate-bottled and vineyard-designated Sonoma County wines. Give their Cabernet Sauvignon a try.

Sonoma County Winery List
For those wineries not yet on the net, this list gives addresess and phone numbers for the winery.

Seghesio Vineyards
In 1895, the Seghesio Family planted their first zinfandel vineyard in Sonoma Countyís Alexander Valley ... now they have 400 acres!

Simi Winery
Simi Winery, in Healdsburg, California is one of Sonoma County's most modern and historic wineries. With vineyards in the Alexander Valley and Russian River Valley, Simi Winery is a world-renowned producer of Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc.

Stone Creek Winery
Their tasting room is housed in an old historical schoolhouse that dates back to the 1800's. There are incredible views of the valley from the picnic area.

Other California Wineries

Benson Ferry Vineyards
Situated in the heart of California at the confluence of the Mokelumne and Cosumnes Rivers, Benson Ferry celebrates a rich farming heritage. This family owned winery produces premium, budget friendly California varietals. Vineyard owners in Lodi for three generations, the Stokes family selects fruits from prime estate & North Coast vineyards, for their delicious bottlings.

Callaway Wine and Vineyards
Created in 1969, Callaway wines won more than 90 awards for excellence in l997. They work without pesticides as well. Definitely a winery to investigate.

Chateau Thomas Winery
Award winning wines such as the Sauvignon Blanc are grown in California but created in Indiana.

Kalin Cellars
Kalin Cellars is a small winery located in Marin County, California which produces 7,000 cases per year of wine made by completely traditional European methods.

Lucas Winery
Located in Lodi, CA, it was founded in 1978 and their goal has remained unchanged: to produce wines that demonstrate the highest potential of the Lodi Appellation and provide an elegant place to enjoy fine wine, food, and the traditional art of winemaking.

Peirano Estate Vineyards
Nestled between the Sacramento-San Joaquin river delta and the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, in Lodi, CA, Peirano Estate Vineyards grows Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, and has perhaps the largest single block of old, head-trained, natural-rooted Zinfandel left in the state of California.

Rosenblum Cellars
Winemaker awarded 90 points or above on many wines by Parker and The Wine Spectator. The grapes come from several regions, while the winery itself is in Alameda.

Rutherford Benchmarks
This group owns many premium wineries, including Quail Ridge Cellars and Vineyards-Napa Valley, Monterey Peninsula Winery, Bell Wine Cellars, MoonShine Vineyard, Quail Creek Cellars-Green Valley, Bell Wine Cellars-Napa Valley, Fox Creek Biodynamic Wines, Monte Volpe Vineyards, Saint Gregory Winery and Maxus Champagne Cellars.

Spenker Winery
Spenker Winery has deep roots in the rich soils of the Lodi Appellation. In 1902, Grandfather Fritz Spenker skillfully planted a unique zinfandel clone recognized for its distinctive character and quality. This full century of Spenker traditional farming, passed on from one generation to the next, brings a remarkable quality to their wine drawing on their history and experience. The result is a wonderful indigo colored and silky textured zinfandel wine. Great to enjoy with friends and family.

Temecula Wineries
This organization page covers the group of wineries in the Temecula area - half way between Los Angeles and San Diego. Wineries in this region include Stuart, Baily, Thornton, and many more.

Van Ruiten Family Winery
Located just outside the city limits of Lodi on Highway 12, the Van Ruiten-Taylor Winery includes a visitors center and tasting room in addition to the production facilities.