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The Wine Regions around San Francisco

Explore Wine Regions of San Francisco

San Francisco, which is the cultural, as well as the financial centre of Northern California, is not only beautiful but also is the densely populated city.

It is not only the city that is beautiful, but also the wine regions surrounding it. As a wine lover, we will always look out for the distinctive and good tasting wines wherever we go.

This way, when I stepped into San Francisco, I started searching for the wine regions around the city.

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Then, I discovered there are five must-visit wine regions surrounding San Francisco. Now, let’s see about them here…

Napa Valley

This is not a new name for most of the wine lovers. It is one of the world’s top wine regions.

Within an hour’s journey from San Francisco, you could reach this world-famous wine region.

I could see there are several reasons why this region has become a global wine region.

The major reason is the quality of wines that are being produced here. Although a number of grape varieties are grown here, Cabernet Sauvignon is particularly famous here.

Once you are here, don’t forget to taste the classic Napa Cab, the archetypal wine of Napa Valley. This region is home to as many as sixteen sub-AVA wine regions.

Sonoma County

As some of you might be aware, Sonoma County is the largest producer of wine grapes in California and hence, this has acquired an important place in the country’s wine industry.

It was surprising to know that this region is home to as many as seventeen American Viticultural Areas.

These numbers remind me of the wide variety of climatic, as well as soil conditions in the county.

Here too, Cabernet Sauvignon is the dominant grape variety, although there are several other varieties under cultivation today.

Some of the other famous varieties include:

  • Cabernet Franc
  • Merlot
  • Zinfandel
  • Chardonnay
  • Pinot Noir
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Syrah
  • Viognier
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Anderson Valley

This, which is an AVA wine region of California, is lying to the northernmost end of the state’s prime winegrowing region. From downtown San Francisco, this region is just 160 kilometres away.

I would say the unique combination of topographical and climatic conditions has led to the predominance of wine grapes here.

As such, the region is a world-class producer of Pinot Noir and finer range of Alsatian wines. Besides this, Chardonnay also performs well here.

The other major grape varieties include:

  • Gewürztraminer
  • Riesling
  • Merlot
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Zinfandel
  • Syrah
  • Sauvignon blanc
  • Pinot Gris

Amador County

This, which is in the heart of California’s past gold-mining territory, is holding a promise to the modern wine industry.

When I visited the wine territory of Amador, I could observe that most of the vineyards are planted at the heights of 1200 to 2000 feet above sea level.

Here, you can find several Zinfandel vines producing ripe and robust wines with earthiness and spiciness.

If you are a lover of Zinfandels, then I am sure you will love this place! Here, you can find several Zinfandel vines producing ripe and robust wines with earthiness and spiciness.

Apart from these, there are also some Sangiovese, Barbera, Syrah, and Viognier.

Monterey County

This, which is located on the central coast of California, is relatively a new wine region.

However, we could find the region is planted with more than forty different varietals.

The region is gifted with a wide array of terroir and hence, the region is capable of supporting several different wine varietals.

Most important among them are Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, and Riesling.

Although this region is not yet as famous as the above-mentioned wine regions, I would definitely classify this as up- and –coming wine region.

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Tharani Rajamanickam

Tharani Rajamanickam


I am Tharani, I have Bachelors degree in Biotechnology. I am passionate about the wine industry and continue to explore, learn and share and I bring in a wealth of knowledge and expertise to help you keep updated with best wines in the world. Stay tuned..

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