Why have wines from Lake County garnered so much praise and respect?
It’s simple: air, land, sun, water – and people.
- The purest air in California.
- Bright and abundant sun with up to 10% more ultraviolet light than in regions at or near sea level, leading to thicker skins and a higher concentration of phenolics (the flavor components in wine).
- Among the highest elevations, with most vineyards planted above 1,500' and some as high as 3,000' in elevation.
- Colder winters and low humidity, creating the conditions for vines to thrive while producing exceptionally complex flavors.
And of course, the people. Lake County winegrape growers combine the latest technologies with traditional viticultural practices, emphasizing long-term sustainability for the environment and the region.
One of the most widely grown varieties in the region is Cabernet Sauvignon, which pairs nicely with recipes such as grilled lamb meatballs.
VolcanicsTectonics shaped the region
ClimateElevation + Wind + Sunlight
AppellationsTopography, soils, microclimates
PeopleMeet the grape growers and winemakers
WineAs distinct as the region itself
StewardshipCaring for the land, people, and community
Meet Clay Shannon
Clay Shannon farms over 1,600 acres of winegrapes in Lake County, raises grass fed lamb, and heads up Shannon Ridge Family of Wines. The recipient of numerous accolades, he was named to the 2013 list of America’s 100 Most Influential Winemakers by Schiller Wine, a daily international wine blog.
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