California Coastal Vineyards


While growing grapes in high-elevation vineyards is difficult for both the vintner and the vine, the grapes grown in these elevated sites clearly produce the richest, most intense character and flavors. And taste, after all, is everything.

Our estate vineyards are situated throughout the cool California coastal regions, where our vineyards sit atop mountains, ridges, hillsides and benchlands. From these breathtakingly beautiful sites, our winemakers draw a rich palette of aromas and flavors to handcraft wines of exceptional depth and complexity.

It’s not easy to be considered “coastal”. According to our Founder, did you know approximately...
  • 85% of California's vineyards are considered inland
  • 15% of California's vineyards are classified as coastal
  • And only 5% of those coastal vineyards are found on mountains, ridges, benchlands and hillsides

Lake County

Just north of Napa and surrounding Clear Lake, the largest natural lake in California, Lake County is known for its high-altitude wine production. The vineyards are planted from the lower level near the lake at 1,370 feet to the rocky red volcanic soil at more than 2,000 feet elevation around Mt. Konocti, a dormant volcano in the Pacific Rim chain. These elevations provide cooler winter conditions and a later start to the growing season. Summer growing conditions are suitably warm to ripen the grapes and the elevation allows rapid cooling in the evening. Few grape pests can tolerate the altitude and cool climate. Lake County growers are committed to sustainable farming and participate in yearlong education programs to this end.

Wines from the area:

  • Lake County:
  • Vintner’s Reserve
    • Vintner’s Reserve Muscat Canelli
  • Grand Reserve
    • Grand Reserve White Meritage (partial)

Mendocino County

Located directly north of Sonoma County and about 90 miles (145km) from San Francisco, Mendocino County is bounded by the Coast Mountain Range, the Pacific Ocean, and the great northern redwood forests. This is an ocean-cooled wine growing frontier that has the largest total organic wine grape acreage in the United States. Most of the vineyards are located in the inland valleys in the south and east areas of the county, with the Anderson Valley AVA being the most well-known growing region. Anderson Valley now ranks among the top Pinot Noir regions in North America and is a valley that cuts laterally through the Coast Range rather than lying between ridges. The west end of the valley is only a few miles from the Pacific Ocean while the east end is 20 miles away, this alignment results in a wide temperature range.

Wines from the area:

  • Mendocino County:
  • Vintner’s Reserve
    • Vintner’s Reserve Zinfandel
  • Grand Reserve
    • Grand Reserve Sauvignon Blanc
  • Anderson Valley AVA-
    • Jackson Estate Pinot Noir, Outland Ridge
    • Jackson Estate Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley

Sonoma County

Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and Napa Valley, Sonoma County is blessed with a versatile landscape which is strongly influenced by maritime variations. The county enjoys cool nights and days that rarely get hot, due to the fog that creeps from the ocean into the interior valley through spots like the Petaluma Wine Gap and the Russian River. Sonoma’s most interesting geological feature is the Mayacamas Mountain Range, which runs along the border between Lake, Napa and Sonoma counties. This range was created many years ago by violent tectonic upheavals of the coastal plates and now provides a shield for the county’s warmer AVA’s such as Alexander Valley and Knights Valley.

Wines from the area:

  • Sonoma County:
  • Vintner’s Reserve
    • Vintner’s Reserve Merlot
    • Vintner’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Grand Reserve
    • Grand Reserve Rosé
    • Grand Reserve Merlot
    • Grand Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
    • Grand Reserve Red Meritage
  • Stature
    • Stature Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Russian River Valley AVA-
    • Grand Reserve Port
    • Jackson Estate Chardonnay, Piner Hills
  • Bennett Valley AVA-
    • Jackson Estate Merlot, Taylor Peak
  • Alexander Valley AVA-
    • Jackson Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Hawkeye Mountain
    • Jackson Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley
  • Knights Valley AVA-
    • Jackson Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Trace Ridge

Napa Valley

The Napa Valley is a slim region tucked in between the Mayacamas and the Vaca Mountain Ranges. It stands just 30 miles long and a few miles wide and is home to diverse microclimates and soils uniquely suited to the cultivation of a variety of fine wine grapes, particularly Cabernet Sauvignon. Only 2% of the world enjoys a dry Mediterranean climate. In Napa Valley, this generous climate provides vintage-to-vintage consistency and exceptional quality that few other winegrowing regions can boast. Because of its unique geologic history, Napa Valley has a remarkable diversity of microclimates, weather and geography, as well as some of the most-diverse soils found on earth. As a result, an array of premium wine grapes thrive here.

Wines from the area:

  • Napa Valley:
  • Mount Veeder AVA-
    • Jackson Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Mountain

Monterey County

Monterey is considered one of the state’s premier American Viticulture Areas for cool-climate varieties including Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The cool-climate is propelled by the influence of the Blue Grand Canyon, the largest and deepest submarine canyon on the West Coast. The canyon is less than 100 yards off the coast and provides the inland wine region with deep sea coastal influences of fog, wind and a lack of rain through the growing condition. The coolest districts are to the north, closest to the Pacific Ocean; the warmest are to the south, farthest from the ocean. In the early morning, the entire region is cool and, for a large part, covered in a thick marine layer. The deep cool water off the bay is also a contributing factor to the strong winds that whip through the valley.

Wines from the area:

  • Santa Barbara County:
  • Vintner’s Reserve
    • Vintner’s Reserve Riesling
  • Grand Reserve
    • Grand Reserve Late Harvest Chardonnay
    • Grand Reserve Late Harvest Riesling
  • Arroyo Seco AVA-
    • Grand Reserve Late Harvest Orange Muscat
    • Jackson Estate Chardonnay, Seco Highlands

Santa Barbara

Located just 90 miles north from Los Angeles, Santa Barbara is one of the most unique wine regions along the California Coast. The valleys along the Santa Barbara coastline run east to west rather than north to south, resulting in ocean breezes that sweep through the region in a rare eastward direction. This geologic oddity provides a patchwork of microclimates and terrains, resulting in one of the most diverse grape-growing regions in the United States. The Santa Maria Valley, the county’s northernmost AVA and most famous, has the majority of its vineyards planted on elevated plateaus along the Santa Maria River mesa and Sisquoc River drainage. The soils are typically of marine origin and sedimentation from river wash.

Wines from the area:

  • Santa Barbara County:
  • Vintner’s Reserve
    • Vintner’s Reserve Syrah
  • Grand Reserve
    • Grand Reserve GSM
  • Jackson Estate
    • Jackson Estate Pinot Noir, Los Robles
  • Stature
    • Stature Chardonnay
  • Santa Maria Valley AVA-
    • Jackson Estate Chardonnay, Camelot Highlands
    • Jackson Estate Chardonnay, Santa Maria Valley
    • Jackson Estate Viognier, Alisos Hills
    • Jackson Estate Syrah, Alisos Hills