Updated for 2022
Lake County is one of California's top wine producing regions. 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 7 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.
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.
address: 13372 Spruce Grove Road, Lower Lake, about a 20 minute drive from camp
website: Six Sigma
Vigilance Winery's tasting room, a renovated pioneering family farm house, features a variety of wines from both Vigilance and Shannon Ridge. Enjoy a glass of wine at a picnic table by the bocce court with fantastic views of their vineyard, Anderson Marsh State Park, and Clear Lake. Some picnic supplies are sold inside.
address: 13888 Point Lakeview Rd. Lower Lake, about 15 minutes from Camp going toward Kelseyville
website: Vigilance Tasting Room
Gregory Graham Winery
Across the street from Vigilance, Gregory Graham has whites, elegant reds, big reds, and dessert wines.
address: 13633 Point Lakeview Rd, Lower Lake
website: Gregory Graham
Shannon Ridge Mercantile
Opened in late 2021, 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 is usually available from local caterer Rosy Cooks. On Saturdays there's a farmers' market. Currently 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 see their unusual collection of antique and wooden boats.
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.
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.
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.
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.
See this map of Lake County wineries from the Lake County Wine Association for more wineries.
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: