Shannon Ridge Family of Wines | Vigilance Vineyards
Make for “the lake!” Zinfandel interested people and wine fans in general need to catch up and head out to Lake County and Shannon Ridge Winery, in particular, where one man, Clay Shannon, is on a mission to refresh and re-invent this interior mountain AVA known best for being home to the largest freshwater lake entirely in California.
Shannon, who graduated from vineyard managing to ranching over 2,400 acres of wild property above Clear Lake, has today assembled an impressive “family” of wineries sourced from the sun-soaked, volcanically formed lands- each with its own unique twist and seriously good value proposition, including several renditions of Zinfandel. Shannon’s 1000 acres of vineyards are now all organically and sustainably farmed with a population of sheep (Ovis in Latin) doing weed control and fertilizing, and the majority of the ranch remaining undeveloped for wildlife habitat.
A visit to Lake County is a stretch as far as an out-and-back trip from Napa. Rather, it’s best to just plan a relaxing Lake County getaway altogether. After all, there are over 30 wineries and about 9,000 acres of vineyards, a 60+ square mile lake to recreate on, an assortment of lodgings, as well as all sorts of historic sites and quirky local color to explore while there. Shannon has the wine and food bases covered with three options for visitation: Ogulin House on top of the Shannon home ranch overlooking the lake (reservation required); the Vigilance tasting room in Lower Lake; and Shannon Mercantile in Kelseyville. One newer member of the winery family not from Lake County is Giannechini, an historic Zinfandel vineyard in neighboring Mendocino County. When visiting the Shannon tasting venues, be on the lookout for other Zinfandels in the group: Shannon Ridge, Buck Shack, Steele, Shooting Star, and Urgency.
- Wine Club
- Additional Tasting Room
- On-site Retail
- Online Retail
- By Appointment
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