Regions and Appellations USA California North Coast Humboldt County

Humboldt County Wine

Vineyards in Humboldt County
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Humboldt County is a wine-growing region around the city of Eureka, just north of Mendocino County in California. The boundaries of the wine zone are the same as for the administrative area of the same name. Some interesting cool-climate examples of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Zinfandel are produced, along with Pinot Noir. Small amounts of white grape varieties including Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling.

Around 150 acres (60 hectares) of vineyards are scattered around the region, clustered along the banks of its many rivers and particularly around the riverside towns of Orleans, Hoopa and Willow Creek. Generally, grapes are grown in the narrow river gorges and on the valley slopes. The vineyards and wineries are often surrounded by the giant redwood trees that grow throughout Humboldt County. In the north of the county the mesoclimates tend to be more influenced by cool breezes off the Pacific Ocean.

Humboldt County is cooler and wetter than much of the rest of California. The climate is characterized by cold, rainy winters and mild, foggy summers, and the styles of wine made here reflect this.

Given the size of the wine region, there is a large diversity of soil types. Loamy silt soils can be found along the riverbanks, while the vineyards in the hills sit on pockets of dark, rocky shale. These soils retain daytime heat that the vines absorb during the colder nights, helping the ripening process.

Humboldt County's rugged terrain means that only small parts of the region are suitable for the cultivation of grapes. Because of this, the wineries here tend to be small and boutique in nature, with cellar doors offering wine tastings for visitors to the area.

Most of the Willow Creek AVA lies within Humboldt County.

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Most Popular Humboldt County Wine

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Wine Name
Grape
Popularity
Score
Avg Price
Turtle Rock Vineyards G2 Syrah, Willow Creek, USA Grenache - Mourvedre - Syrah 27,542nd 92 $70
Linne Calodo Overthinker, Willow Creek, USA Southern Rhone Red Blend 47,813th 92 $87
Denner Vineyards 'The Sacred Burro' Carignan, Willow Creek, USA Carignan (Carinena) 76,941st 91 $54
Ledge Vineyards Adams Ranch Syrah, Willow Creek, USA Syrah 83,934th 92 $59
Joseph Jewell Eel River Valley Pinot Noir, Humboldt County, USA Pinot Noir 99,797th 91 $36
Joseph Jewell 'Emerald' Pinot Noir, Humboldt County, USA Pinot Noir 149,379th $59
Ledge Vineyards James Berry Vineyard MCA Rose, Willow Creek, USA Counoise 156,151st 89 $30
Coates Vineyards Organic Merlot, Humboldt County, USA Merlot 163,654th $18
Joseph Jewell Ryan Vineyard Skin Fermented Pinot Gris, Humboldt County, USA Pinot Gris 172,178th $22
Deux Punx Pinot Noir, Humboldt County, USA Pinot Noir 192,587th $32
Coates Vineyards Organic Sangiovese, Humboldt County, USA Sangiovese 220,895th $18
Paix Sur Terre Denner Vineyard 'Been Away Too Long' Mourvedre, Willow Creek District, USA Mourvedre (Monastrell) 239,266th 91 $47
Miles Garrett Cabernet Franc, Willow Creek, USA Cabernet Franc 239,266th N/A
Coates Vineyards Organic Zinfandel, Humboldt County, USA Zinfandel 262,352nd $15
Robert Goodman Pinot Noir, Humboldt County, USA Pinot Noir 262,352nd $25
Shadowbrook Winery Pinot Melange, Willow Creek, USA Pinot Noir 262,352nd $43
Coates Vineyards Organic Syrah, Humboldt County, USA Syrah 293,134th $15
Miles Garrett Merlot, Willow Creek, USA Merlot 293,134th $34
Miles Garrett Pet Nat Rose of Sangiovese, Willow Creek, USA Sangiovese 293,134th $36

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