The Anderson Valley region is fabulous. They have cool coastal wines and the small-town charm. I love the intimate feeling and slower pace you experience when visiting as opposed to other parts of Wine Country. The below destinations aree within Boonville or Philo all within 10 minutes or so from each other. Follow along below to see my favorite Anderson Valley Wineries and the Top 10 Wineries You Must Experience.
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Top 10 Anderson Valley Wineries
Brashley Vineyards is a family-owned winery and tasting room located in the heart of Anderson Valley in Philo, CA. I recently visited and had a truly amazing time and they have the best staff. 7000 CA-128, Philo, CA 95466
The Pizza made by Sean Chef (shown below) which is $20 and available on Mondays! and is delicious! Book your visit ahead on TOCK here.
The fabulous Chef Sean who makes the Pizzas on Monday and is also an Estate Host.
One of the newest wineries on this list is Domaine Anderson. They’re producing some of my most favorite Anderson Valley Pinot Noir wines that are beautiful, expressive of each unique vineyard, and beyond lovely. In addition, the new tasting room is beautiful. Be sure to tell them the JSF sent you if you plan a visit. 9201 CA-128, Philo, CA 95466.
Touring the vineyard with winemaker Darrin of Domaine Anderson and Arnaud of their sister winery, Roederer Estate.
Handley Cellars Winery
Handley Cellars Winery has the best tasting room views (shown below on a foggy afternoon) with delicious wines and Pinot Noir wines that I’m obsessed with. I opened one of the wines I purchased during my visit and enjoyed it so much I may have finished the bottle in one night. They are that good. Super feminine, with medium body, texture, and extremely smooth. It totally deserves a spot on my list of top Anderson Valley Wineries. 3151 CA-128, Philo, CA 95466.
Tasting an oldie but a goodie, this Estate Chardonnay is the best. I buy this in bulk as it’s great for every day or for a gift or a party wine. Everyone loves this Chardonnay!
The Estate Pinot Noir is another go-to wine for me because it’s so flavorful, balanced, with great spice from the cool Anderson Valley climate and really well priced. Indeed, I buy bottles of this every visit to Handley Cellars!
Although I think of Handley Cellars as a still wine house their Sparkling Brut Wines are phenomenal. Give them a few years (if you can wait) as I’ve had a very very old bottle at a winemaker dinner and it was superb!
The incredible line up of Handley Pinot Noir. I love their full body, dark fruit flavor, and amazing spices.
Views of the beautiful Anderson Valley on this trip to visit Anderson Valley Wineries as well as the stunning NEW Lexus UX200 I had on my most recent trip to Mendocino. Every time I head up the coast and pass Booneville I stop and see my friends at Handley Cellars!
Golden Eye Winery
For a great Food & Wine Tasting visit Golden Eye Winery. I experienced the Estate Tasting which I highly recommend. It includes amazing Wines, including Pinot Noir & Chardonnays (two of my favorites), paired with delicious cheese. In sum, pretty hard not to love that! Read more about The Golden Eye Estate Tasting here. 9200 CA-128, Philo, CA 95466.
Located deep in the Anderson Valley, Maggy Hawk focuses on exceptional Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The vineyard is stunning so I highly recommend visiting for a tasting whenever you get the chance. 9001 CA-128, Philo, CA 95466
We had such a lovely time especially since Ernestine was able to tag along!
Navarro Winery showcases the best vineyard views and the largest assortment of wine varietals! I visited Navarro on Sunday after a long weekend of rain and the vineyard views were incredible. In addition, they also have an extensive wine list and I tasted about 10-12 wines- all of which I found impressive for different reasons (varietal, style, technique…). Certainly, to experience a variety of great wines and unique varietals with gorgeous views, I recommend visiting the Navarro Winery. 5601 CA-128, Philo, CA 95466.
Penny Royal Farm
If you’re visiting Anderson Valley and want something to do besides, just wine taste, I suggest seeing Penny Royal Farms. They have some amazing wines here, but also have some yummy eats and animals to hang out with. 14930 CA-128, Boonville, CA 95415
Me and Roederer Estate Winemaker Arnaud. We met years ago, he was the first winery I ever visited in Anderson Valley and we’ve been friends ever since. I adore his wines and also he’s a wonderful man super involved in the region as well.
A well-known house from Anderson Valley California is Scharffenberger. They were family-owned for years and most recently acquired by the Roederer Estate (and Louis Roederer) family. I’m a huge fan of Roederer Estate Wines so naturally, I adore the wines from their sister property, Scharffenberger. 8501 CA-128, Philo, CA 95466
Photo Courtesy of Scharffenberger
Twomey Anderson Valley
Twomey Anderson Valley is quite a charming winery in the area. When visiting Anderson Valley I suggest visiting Twomey for its delicious Pinot Noir & Sauvignon Blanc wines. 4741 CA-128, Philo, CA 95466
Photo Courtesy of Twomey Anderson Valley
Toulouse Vineyards & Winery
Toulouse Vineyards & Winery is one of the newer additions to this list as I have only visited once (since many friends recommended it) and after the visit, I understand why. People love the wines because they are of high quality and well-made at great prices. Moreover, the tasting room is quite minimal and bare but people clearly come here (time and time again) for their tasty wines and the laid-back setting of the tasting room vibe! 8001 CA-128, Philo, CA 95466.