Lake County is one of California's top wine producing regions and many of our wineries are in picturesque settings. Wineries are usually open at least from Friday to Sunday but hours may vary so check web sites for updated opening times and policies. Reservations for tasting or tables is often recommended. We encourage you to drink responsibly and have a designated driver.
Here are 8 great wineries to visit, less than a half hour drive from Clear Lake Campground:
Fults Family Vineyard
Fults Family Vineyard, just 5 minutes from Camp, is a family owned winery that produces a variety of red and white wines, a rose', and a couple of dessert wines. Their top wine is a Super Tuscan, similar to what you'd find in the Chianti wine region of Tuscany. Open Thursday through Sunday, 11-5.
address: 11441 Highway 29, Lower Lake
website: Fults Family Vineyards
Six Sigma Ranch and Winery
Six Sigma has picnic tables, hiking and biking trails, and a store where visitors can purchase wine, picnic items, and meat products produced right on the ranch. This is the perfect place to splurge on high-quality steak and wine for your barbecue back at Camp. Open daily, 11-4:30.
address: 13372 Spruce Grove Road, Lower Lake, about a 20 minute drive from camp
website: Six Sigma
Gregory Graham Winery
Just off Hwy 29 about 10 minutes from Camp, Gregory Graham has whites, elegant reds, big reds, and dessert wines. Open Friday - Sunday, 11-5.
address: 13633 Point Lakeview Rd, Lower Lake
website: Gregory Graham
Shannon Ridge Mercantile
Shannon Ridge Mercantile is just off Highway 29 in Kelseyville. It has a full wine bar featuring tastings of Shannon Ridge family of wines, a small shop, and lots of outside picnic area. Lunch items are available from local caterer Rosy Cooks. On Saturday mornings there's a farmers' market. Open 11-6, 7 days a week.
address: 4350 Thomas Drive, Kelseyville
website: Shannon Ridge Mercantile
Boatique Winery has several patio areas in a beautiful setting surrounded by vineyards and olive trees. Boatique produces a sparkling wine, a Sauvignon Blanc, a rose', and several reds. In addition to wine tasting, guests can stroll through the avenue of olive trees or see their unusual collection of antique and wooden boats. Open Thursday - Sunday, noon to 5.
address: 8255 Red Hills Rd, Kelseyville
website: Boatique Winery
Laujour Estate offers wine tasting in a beautiful outdoor setting with great views and a large selection of wines available to taste just 15 minutes from Camp. Tours are available by reservation. Open daily, 11-5.
address: 8664 Siegler Springs Rd Kelseyville
website: Laujour Estate
Brassfield Estate Winery
Brassfield is a grand estate in the High Valley, off Highway 20, just 21 minutes from Camp. Wine tasting is offered in the beautiful outdoor gardens or limited indoor seating. Be sure to taste the Eruption wine, an ode to our volcanic soils and one of our favorites. Open daily, 11-5.
address: 10915 High Valley Rd, Clearlake Oaks
website: Brassfield Estate
Cache Creek Vineyards & Winery
Cache Creek Winery has a spacious outdoor area with a patio, shaded lawn area, and bocce court. 4 different flight options are available for tastings. Cache Creek produces sparkling, white, rose', red, and dessert wines. Open daily, 10:30-5.
address: 250 New Long Valley Road, Clearlake Oaks, 15 minutes from Camp - north on Hwy 53, then east on Hwy 20
website: Cache Creek Vineyards
* A Lake County Wine Passport (good for the year) includes tastings at 16 wineries, a good value if you plan to visit several wineries, and discounts at participating restaurants.
If you want to taste wine without worrying about driving, consider hiring a limo from Dock Factory Limos. They'll pick you up and drop you off right at Camp!
Martha Bakerjian is a part-time employee at Clear Lake Campground and writes a web site about Italy: