Lake County lies in the heart of Northern California’s Coastal Range.   The Mayacamas form the western border with the Vaca Range in the southeast and the Mendocino Mountains in the north.  Surrounded by mountains, Clear Lake, thought to be the oldest warm water lake in the United States lies in the center.

Lake County is a high elevation wine region.  Its 9,500 acres of vineyard grace the valleys, terraces and ridges of a remarkable landscape.

With Clear Lake at its center, the viticultural region spans a range of terrain shaped by volcanic and tectonic forces.  Vineyards are planted at elevations from a low of 1,370 feet above sea level to more than 2,600 feet above sea level with the majority sitting at 1,500 feet or higher.

You can also view more detailed information about Lake County's elevations.

Beckstoffer Vineyards, Lake County, at sunset (c) Nathan DeHart