The Mendocino County appellation is part of the large North Coast AVA that spreads northward from San Francisco Bay. Due to its remote location, the county’s reputation as a grape and wine-producing region was slow to develop. Traditionally, Mendocino wines were consumed locally. More recently, however, modern world-wide distribution has brought international recognition. Long famous for its redwood forests, today Mendocino County is the world leader in certified organically-grown grapes. There are over 15,000 acres of vineyards in the County, with 25% of them growing certified organic grapes. Given the increasing popularity of organic products generally, it is inevitable that demand for organically-produced wines will also rise...and so will the Mendocino star!
In the southern Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina and Georgia vineyards are small and few, yet the establishment of the Upper Hiwassee Highlands could bring much more.
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