America's Golden State is famed for rich, ripe, fruit-laden wines.
California is renowned for its hot sunny weather and big personality. However,there are cooler areas that are ideal for growing top-quality grapes, with several regions benefiting from breezes or morning fog from the Pacific Ocean. The state's best wine-growing areas are located just north of San Francisco, and include the prestigious Napa Valley, Carneros, Sonoma and Mendocino.
We have listings showing the characteristics of the perfect microclimates in Sonoma and the Anderson Valley. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay are the main varieties, with the coolest regions making exceptional Pinot Noir (try the Folie á Deux from the Sonoma coast, for example).
California is also home to Zinfandel, known as Primitivo in Italy, which produces a full-bodied red wine with blackcurrant flavours and hints of pepper and spice.Many of these top-end wines are made in relatively small quantities and, as a result, they are becoming some of the world's most sought-after. However, other regions produce much larger quantities and offer juicy, approachable, great-value wines, so there's something for everyone.