High Valley AVA
One of only two transverse valley AVAs in California, the massive diurnal temperature swings allow for longer hang times and better acid retention in the juice and finished wine.
Though this Lake County growing region was part of one of the state's largest wine producers before Prohibition, a rare few wineries are privileged to call it home today. The largest natural lake in California, Clear Lake, wraps around the AVA. And the region boasts the cleanest air in the state.
Remarkable for its cool marine breezes, volcanic soils, high elevations that range from 1,800 to almost 3,000 feet, the High Valley AVA remains an unbeatable North Coast winegrowing region, well off the beaten path.