California Wineries

Wine Country California
California Winery List

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About half of all wineries in the United States are located inside California.

If California was a country, it would be the fourth largest wine producer worldwide, behind France, Italy and Spain.

The wine industry in the Golden State has more than tripled in the past 2 decades; from 2000 wineries in the year 1999 – to over 6000 vineyards for 2022. Wine bars and wine tourism services have expanded as well.

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When Total Escape began this little compilation of California wineries (back in 1998), there were only a few regions that were considered “wine country”. Now over 25 years later, nearly the whole Golden state is under wine production.

Of course, north of San Francisco is the first and most iconic ‘wine country region’ > neighboring valleys of Napa & Sonoma. Many facilities dating back to before the 1950’s. Nearby Mendocino County is a natural progression northward, with numerous river valleys and forests hosting small farms and family vineyards.

In addition, the Central Coast of California – from Santa Barbara to San Luis Obispo – has long been known for its wine growing capabilities. Paso Robles has grown up to cater specifically to wine tourists, bringing all the other surrounding areas in on the action.

Around 1990, Temecula  in Southern California began their serious expansion of vineyards, golf resorts, new housing developments and the renovation of their Old Town. San Diego added more to the mix and then Baja California (Mexico) began developing more agriculturally – especially with wines.

The California Central Valley launched interest in wine making in many different locations, from Cuayama Valley to Sacramento. Pockets of activity and wine tasting include Lodi and Clarksburg, both south of the state capital.

The Sierra Nevada mountains (western foothills) and Historic Gold Country have an abundance of wineries that have sprouted up. The far Northern portion of the state used to be void of wine land, but that is now changing  with new, rural, mountain vineyards appearing.

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Wine Towns around California 

[vineyard regions listed alphabetically]

Amador Wineries

Angels Camp Winery

Angwin Wineries

Arroyo Grande Winery

Atascadero Wineries

Auburn Wineries

Baja California Mexico

Buellton Wine Region

Calistoga Winery

Cambria Wineries

Camino Wineries

Carmel Vineyards

Chico Winery

Clarksburg Wineries

Clear Lake Wine Region

Cloverdale Winery

Cupertino Wineries

Cuyama Valley Vineyards

Durham Wineries

Escondido Winery

Forestville Winery

Geyserville Winery

Gilroy Wineries

Glen Ellen Winery

Grass Valley Vineyards

Half Moon Bay Wines

Healdsburg Winery

Hopland Winery

Hollister Winery

Humboldt Winery

Inland Empire Vineyards

Jamestown Winery

Julian Wineries

Kelseyville Wineries

Kenwood Winery

Kern County Winery

Lake County Vineyards

Livermore Winery

Lodi Wineries

Lompoc Winery

Loomis Wineries

Los Alamos Winery

Los Angeles Wineries

Los Gatos Winery

Los Olivos Wineries

Manton Wineries

Marin County Wineries

Mariposa Winery

Mendocino Winery

Monterey Winery

Morgan Hill Wineries

Murphys Winery

Napa Valley Vineyards

Oakhurst Winery

Ojai Wineries

Orange County

Orcutt Wineries

Oroville Winery

Paso Robles Winery

Petaluma Wineries

Philo Winery

Placerville Wineries

Plymouth Wineries

Pope Valley Wines

Potter Valley Winery

Ramona Winery

Red Bluff Wineries

Redding Winery

Rutherford Winery

Sacramento Wineries

Saint Helena Winery

San Diego Winery

San Francisco Winery List

San Jose Wineries

San Luis Obispo Winery

San Martin Wineries

San Miguel Winery

Santa Barbara Winery

Santa Clara Valley Vineyards

Santa Cruz Winery

Santa Margarita Wineries

Santa Maria Winery

Santa Rosa Winery

Saratoga Winery

Sebastopol Winery

Solvang Winery

Somerset Wineries

Sonoma Winery

Sonora Wineries

Soquel Winery

Sutter Creek Wineries

Temecula Valley

Templeton Winery

Ukiah Winery

Ventura Wineries

Windsor Winery

Woodside Winery

Yorkville Winery

Yountville Winery

Yuba Wineries



“The sun, with all those planets revolving around it and dependent on it, can still ripen a bunch of grapes as if it had nothing else in the universe to do.” – Galileo

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Many wineries offer event venues for private parties, family events, work parties or weddings. Plan your special day at a garden overlooking a vineyard, or at a rustic ranch with a winery. Several wineries offer overnight accommodations, which usually book up months in advance. Outdoors events, wrapped nicely within nature & a sacred ceremony are unforgettable experiences. Find a dreamy location today!


Most all wine country regions around California – also have abundant wildflower displays in springtime. Take some extra time on your trip to explore the back roads and enjoy the flora, with a picnic (of course).


Avoid the crowds on weekends and schedule your winery tour mid-week.

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