When it comes to wines in California, the Knights Valley is one of the most important and old regions where grapes have been cultivated for decades in a row. In fact, according to the area’s history, grapes were the most important thing that grew in the area and provided jobs and income to the people, before the Prohibition was installed. The biggest investor that saw a potential in Knights Valley was F. E. Kellogg, but almost all the proofs of his investments burned down in the 60s.
Eventually, the passion for managing vineyards returned to the people living in Knights Valley and, today, more than 2,000 acres are covered with a variety of grape vines, which made this valley become an American Viticultural Area in 1983. So, if you want to enjoy the picturesque landscape of this valley and also discover the best Knights Valley wineries, take a look at the list below.
The Kendall-Jackson winery can be found in Santa Rosa and is one of the highest selling Knights Valley wineries, starting with the year 2010. This is due to the fact that the wines sold by this brand are always super-premium, meaning that a bottle of this wine will go for more than $15 on store shelves, according to the industry’s standards. Considering that the vineyard was established back in 1974, we can say that this brand has a long tradition in the area. However, it is worth mentioning that only in 1982 the first bottles of Kendall-Jackson wine started to be produced, as the owners of the vineyard used to sell the grapes at first, without preparing the wine.
The Beringer Vineyards are also among the oldest vineyards in this area, being founded back in 1876. You can find this winery in St. Helena and is currently the oldest winery that is still active since the moment of its foundation. It is also a California Historical Landmark and is mentioned in the National Register of Historical Places. This is one of the first Knights Valley wineries that organized public tours for wine enthusiasts and had wine tasting events in its premises, which started back in 1934. Of course, everything stopped during the Prohibition. Today, the winery doesn’t belong to the Beringer family any longer, but still produces some of the best wines in the area.
Ledson Winery & Vineyards
This is one of the Knights Valley wineries that are still owned by a family, and not by a large company. You can find it the center of Sonoma Valley, after a one hour drive from San Francisco. It is worth checking out this winery if you like to taste special wines, the kind of wines you can’t find in every store. This is due to the fact that this winery focuses on small varietal lots that help them produce unique wines in limited quantities.
Clos du Bois Winery
Did you ever imagine that the flavor of French wines can entwine with Californian assortments in the same glass? This was the dream of the founder of Clos du Bois Winery back in 1974 when the first bottle of wine under this brand was made. Since then, this winery is selling only wines produced on the property, so the collection is small but very surprising. You can pay it a visit and enjoy its wine tasting offer from 10 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. on a daily basis.