Red Hills Wine Country
Red Hills wineries make very good Cabernet Sauvignon at a fraction of Napa Valley prices. The environmental conditions of Red Hills Wine Country are both very similar to mountain regions in Napa. Vineyard owners are known for using sustainable farming techniques.
The climate of Red Hills Wine Country is almost constantly windy. This is due to changes in air temperature over Clear Lake and over land. Without these winds, daytime temperatures would be too high to grow quality wine grapes. Cabernet Sauvignon and other full bodied varietals thrive in the region’s warm, hillside vineyards. Red Hills Wineries are known for their Cabernet production.
The terrain of Red Hills Wine Country is named after the region’s noticeably red, volcanic soil. Geologically, the AVA is very young. Soils in surrounding wine regions are mainly made of the Franciscan Complex which dates to the Jurassic Period (145 to 200 million years ago). In contrast, the volcanic cinders and pumice that make up the Red Hills are only a few million years old.
Very little vineyard development occurred in the Red Hills until the 1990s. But grape growers are beginning to take notice of the favorable climate and terrain. There are currently over 3,000 acres of vineyards in Red Hills Wine Country. George Meyers and Andy Beckstoffer each own a substantial amount of these vines, and have had a profound impact on the wine region’s relatively short history.
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