High Valley Wine Country
Over the years, High Valley wineries have been particularly successful producing Sauvignon Blanc. There is also some very good Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah coming out of the wine region. Brassfield Estate Winery and Monte Lago Winery”:/explore/wineries/monte-lago-winery are the best known High Valley Wineries.
The vineyards in High Valley Wine Country experience various climatic patterns. Different parts of the region are classified from Region II to Region IV on the UC Davis Heat Summation Scale. Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir are planted on the valley floor and Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah thrive on the warmer ridgelines. Grapes grown by High Valley Wineries have a good blend of sugar and acidity, which makes wines that are nicely balanced.
High Valley terrain can be broken into two major sections. The hillsides are composed of elevated ridgelines and primarily volcanic soil. Vineyards are planted on rugged hillsides at elevations ranging from 2,200 to 2,400 feet above sea level. The valley floor was once the bottom of an ancient lake. Soils are a mix of volcanic and sedimentary alluvium.
The first Europeans to settle in High Valley were members of the Ogulin Family. They planted Zinfandel and Muscat on a part of Shannon Ridge’s current estate. A handful of these original vines are still alive and are a living part of High Valley’s history of grape growing and winemaking.
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