California Inland Valley Wineries & Vineyards
While California’s coast areas get the glory for producing some of the country’s finest wines, the Central Valley is the workhouse of California’s wine industry, producing some three-quarters of the state’s grapes. The Inland Valleys point through the Sacramento Valley at Redding to the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains.
It follows the Central Valley south to Bakersfield, then points west to the coast at Point Conception. This massive region encompasses Sacramento, Yolo, San Joaquin, Madera and Fresno counties and is often the source of wines simply labeled “California”. The state’s sunny inland valleys are great for grapes.
But that isn’t all that grows here: this region is one of the most fertile farmlands in the world, providing more than 8% of America’s agricultural yield. Across Lodi, Sacramento and San Joaquin Valley, farmers tend everything from almonds and apricots to tomatoes, cotton, asparagus and alfalfa. You might say this area and its farmers are California’s unsung heroes; our meals—and our wine—wouldn’t be the same without them. The most widely planted varieties in the Inland Valley region are Zinfandel, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah (Durif), and Chardonnay. In total there are 15 different varietals planted.