California wine production is among the best in the world. They produce about 2.5 million bottles of wine a year. They also sell to winemakers and the restaurants they frequent. A trip to California would not be complete without tasting some of their fantastic wines. The state produces about 75% of the nation’s wines.
If you are planning a trip to California, one of the things that you should do is visit the hundreds of wineries that are scattered over the state. Even if you don’t intend to buy a bottle, you will still enjoy the tasting rooms. These state of the art winemaking facilities are the pride of California winemakers. They are always welcoming new winemakers to tour their facilities. The facilities have professional tasting rooms where you can sample a wide variety of wines from their vast stock. You can bring a friend or a family member with you if you are not an accomplished connoisseur.
One of the best ways to taste the wine from California is to visit their famous wineries that are spread out across the state. Visiting these wineries is like taking a stroll through some of the world’s most prestigious vineyards. You will see examples of all types of wine styles being used at the different vineyards. Each growing region is named for the specific grape that was used in producing the wine. This allows the wine maker to fully create the look and flavor of the wine.
The main wine regions in California are the Central Valley, the Coastal Range, and the Malibu Coast. The Central Valley is considered to be the world’s largest producer of wine. It is also home to the majority of the world’s most famous vineyards. In fact, most of the famous vineyards in the world have their roots in the Central Valley. California wine regions tend to be somewhat drier than those in other parts of the country, but this is simply a function of the geography of this part of the country.
The Coastal Range is the most northern area of California. It includes the cities of Oxnard, Ventura, and San Luis. The Coastal Mountains provides mountains and deserts for growing grapes. The grape growing conditions here are just perfect for California wines. The famous Napa Valley is located in the northern part of the Coasts.
The Malibu Coast is also a popular growing region for California wines. They have the perfect climate for growing grapes in a variety of styles. The most famous vineyards here are the Robert Mondavi vineyards and the estate of Frank Lloyd Wright. These two wineries alone produce 90% of all the wines in the state of California. A variety of vineyards are found in the Malibu Coast, such as Calistoga, Crystal, Oxnard, Van Nuys, and St. James.
The central part of California has the least amount of vineyards compared to other regions. Wineries here mostly focus on producing wine from a specific vineyard. The most famous vineyards in this area include the estates of Robert Mondavi, Chabot, Vineyard, Merlot, Arrogato, Diamond Creek, Monticello, and Diamond Point. The main grape varieties from this part of California are Merlot, Syrah, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, and Syrah-oatmeal. The best time to visit this part of California is in the winter season, which is between December and April.
The Central Valley is located in the southern part of California. This part of the state is known for its famous Syrah and Merlots. Most of the wine produced in the valley is Merlot. Chardonnay and California Cabernet Sauvignon is also produced in this part of the state. Wineries in the valley mostly use local fruits and white mulberry in making their wines.