There are over 1,200 wineries in California, but some of the most notable producers include Gallo, Robert Mondavi Winery, David Bruce Winery, Heitz Wine Cellars and Buena Vista Winery in Sonoma, which was the first commercial winery established in the state.
Located in Sebastopol on the Sonoma Coast in California, Radio-Coteau is one of the few winery estates in the United States to hold Demeter organic certification – the largest organisation for biodynamic agriculture.
Situated around 800 metres above sea level, Ridge Vineyards shot to fame in 1976 after the Judgment of Paris, where it excelled in a competition against various top Californian and French wineries. Since then, Ridge Vineyards has become one of, if not the most, prominent American wineries, earning accolades the world over for its stunning wines.
Au Bon Climat is a winery in Santa Barbara County. The winery was founded by Jim “Wild Boy” Clendenen in 1982 and is regarded as one of the best estates in the world. Au Bon Climat is famous for a very distinctive, Burgundian style, quite different from the usual Californian wines, owing to the vision and passion of the founder of the estate.
Spottswoode Estate, in Napa Valley, survived the devastating wine country fires in 2017 and has been thriving ever since. Currently run by the daughters of the previous owners, Spottswoode has made a name for itself over the years as being one of the top wineries in the United States.