Lake County Wine


Lake County’s re-emergence in the wine industry began in the 1960s when a few visionary growers discovered the area’s wine grape potential and began planting new vineyards. From less than 100 acres in 1965, vineyard acreage has grown to nearly 9,500 acres today and is expected to double in the next few years. Several out-of-county wineries own vineyards in Lake County, including Jackson Family Wines, Constellation, E J Gallo, and Foley Family Wines.

Winemakers in Napa and Sonoma have been buying fruit from Lake County for many years and blending it into their wines. Increasingly, wines made from ultra-premium Lake County grapes are bottled and labeled as such, drawing praise from critics like Robert Parker and Wine Enthusiast.

With the growing popularity of Lake County wines, Lake County’s grape and wine industry continues to expand. Existing wineries are growing, and new vintners are moving into the region.

Today, Lake County winemakers have found their own styles to show off the region. From dry to sweet, dessert to sparkling, Lake County offers a wealth of award-winning wines.

Selection of Lake County Whites, (c) Nathan DeHart
Selection of Lake County white wines

Boatique Winery at sunset (c) Nathan DeHart