After meeting at a Napa Valley winery where they both worked, Clay and Margarita Shannon would eventually use their common vision to take the reins with their own winery. Shannon Ridge uses fruit from the High Valley AVA in Clearlake Oaks, where the Shannons have pioneered more than 300 acres of mountain vineyards. Sited in blankets of brick-red earth — at altitudes up to 2,400 feet — the vineyards are nestled between the waters of Clear Lake to the south and snow-capped mountains to the north. The lean and rocky volcanic soil has kept its promise to grow vines that produce small berries with concentrated flavors, which compose the luscious, fruit-driven wines that lift Shannon Ridge’s reputation to the same elevations as the grapes that distinguish it. Voted one of the Top 10 hottest brands by Wine Business Monthly in December 2006, Shannon Ridge has brought home numerous awards from prestigious competitions. At the 2009 San Francisco Wine Competition, its 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon won Best of Class and both its 2007 Lake County Zinfandel and its 2007 Lake County Wrangler Red earned a Silver. In 2008, their 2007 Roussanne earned Best of Varietal at the San Francisco International Wine competition. Positioned between the shoreline of Clear Lake and Highway 20, the tasting room sits inside a 100-plus-year-old schoolhouse surrounded by beautifully landscaped grounds with 18 picnic tables, making it a perfect spot for a picnic lunch.
Hours Open: Tasting room open daily, 10:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Seasons Open: Year round
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Locally or Family Owned Business
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Shannon Ridge Vineyards & Winery
12599 E. Highway 20, Clearlake Oaks, CA 95423