Just two hours north of San Francisco, Lake County’s charming small towns, picturesque mountain lakes, and award-winning wineries are the perfect relaxing weekend getaway.
In 2021, the California county was a nominee for Wine Enthusiast’s “Wine Region of the Year,” alongside renowned regions in France, South Africa, and New Zealand. Lake County’s unique geography allows for stunning scenery and recreation and the perfect balance of nutrients to sustain award-winning vineyards. In Lake County, Clear Lake lies beside two dormant volcanoes, Cobb Mountain and Mount Konocti—making the soil rich in minerals needed to grow healthy wine grapes in the warm California sun.
Warm sunny days and refreshingly cool nights are perfect for both the grapes and visitors. Picture yourself hiking the mountains of Northern California, picking up fresh produce at Lake County’s farmers markets, and of course, tasting the award-winning wines at the region’s beautiful taprooms. Lake County is known for its Cabernet Sauvignons, but with more than 20 wineries, there is something for every palate.
At Boatique Winery, explore the estate’s rare wooden boat collection, and at Fults Family Vineyards, relax in the private tasting pavilions that overlook the valley. Sol Rouge, named for the red soil in the area, boasts several wines that have been lauded by Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast magazines. Lake County’s wineries also offer more than excellent wine and great hospitality. You can pick up a bottle of organic olive oil at Chacewater Winery & Olive Mill, made in house, and you can visit The Mercantile, Shannon Ridge Mountain Estate’s newest tasting room that serves charcuterie, sandwiches, and salads alongside its delicious local wines.
Many of Lake County’s wineries are family friendly, where kids of all ages are welcome to explore the vineyard rows and sit with adults in the taproom. There are plenty of lakeside bungalows, bed and breakfasts, and winery-adjacent lodgings to accommodate family vacations, company retreats, college reunions, and more.
Lake County’s relaxing atmosphere, award-winning wineries, and range of outdoor activities make for the perfect vacation destination. Your trip to Lake County awaits!