Lake County is one of California's top wine producing regions. Visitors should call ahead (see phone numbers below) to reserve a visit to the tasting room (if open) or an outside picnic table. Wineries are usually open at least from Friday to Sunday but hours may vary so check web sites for updated opening times and policies. We encourage you to drink responsibly and have a designated driver.
Here are 6 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 (currently by reservation), 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. Current wines are Sauvignon Blanc, a rose', and 3 reds including a Tempranillo.
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 (currently by reservation) by the bocce court with fantastic views of their vineyard, Anderson Marsh State Park, and Clear Lake. Catered picnic food is currently available with orders at least 2 days in advance.
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
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
Cache Creek Vineyards & Winery
Cache Creek Winery has a spacious outdoor area with a patio, shaded lawn area, and bocce court. 3 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 gives you complimentary tastings at 18 wineries plus special offers and discounts at several restaurants, including a few of our recommended places to eat or get take-out.
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: