McDowell Valley Wine Country
McDowell Valley Vineyard is the only winery in the region. It is a New World leader in growing and vinifying Rhone grapes. The winery makes a number very good wines; their Syrah is especially good.
Located far inland from the Pacific Ocean, McDowell Valley Wine Country is quite warm. Because it is east of the Coastal Mountain Range, very little maritime influence reaches the region. Learn more about this climate and how it produces deeply flavored Rhone wines.
McDowell Valley Wine is produced with grapes grown in gravelly and loamy alluvium. Erosion from surrounding mountains and the meandering McDowell Valley Creek are largely responsible for the AVA’s well-drained terrain.
In 1919, the Buckman Family planted the first grapes in McDowell Valley Wine Country. But it was not until the arrival of the Keehn Family in 1970 that the modern history of the wine region began. In 1979, the Keehns founded McDowell Valley Vineyard which remains the only winery in the AVA.