Northern Coast

Marin County California

Marin County California Marin County California is located north of San Francisco. It’s a short drive across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco to Marin County. Sonoma County borders Marin to the north. San Rafael and Novato are the two largest cities in the county. There are a small number of fascinating wineries producing wine in Marin County. These are small family owned Marin County wineries that grow their grapes and produce their own wines. Many of these small wineries are not open on a regular basis. Watch for special events when they open their doors to the public. This region is known best for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Influenced by its proximity to the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay, Marin is an ideal location for the production of these cool weather wines.

John Muir Woods Make sure you pay a visit to John Muir National Monument. Take a walk through these majestic redwoods. Spend an hour or so at the visitor’s center. Walk the short 1/2 mile loop that gives you a peek at the beauty of this forest. Or spend the day enjoying the serenity if this beautiful park. There are a variety of hiking trails, picnic areas, and a snack bar.


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Marin County Wineries

Heidrun Meadery Address: 1925 State Route 1, Point Reyes Station, CA Telephone: (415) 663-9122 Open Wed. – Mon. 11AM – 4PM. *Tours by Appointment *Picnics Heidrun Meadery produces naturally sparkling varietal meads. They use the traditional French Méthode Champenoise.
Kendrick Vineyards Address: 36 Monterey Ave., San Anselmo, CA Telephone: (415) 456-6942 This is a small family owned Marin County winery, They produce Pinot Noir and Viognier from their vineyard in Marin. They also produce Sangiovese from a family vineyard in the Shenandoah Valley of Amador County.
Madrigal WineryMadrigal Address: 819 Bridgeway, Sausalito, CA Telephone: (415) 792-9549 Open Thurs.-Mon. noon-7PM. *Art Madrigal also has a tasting room in the Napa Valley. It’s located at 3718 North Saint Helena Highway. The focus is on high quality red wines. They produce a Fume Blanc.
Mountain View Winery Address: 1040 Court St, San Rafael, CA Telephone: (415) 898-6778 Open Mon.-Wed. 1:30-5:30PM; Thurs.- Sat. 1:30-9:30. Red Wines: Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, and Merlot. White Wines: Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, and Riesling.  
Pacheco Ranch Address: 235 Alameda Del Prado, Novato, CA Telephone: (415) 883-5583 Open by appointment only. Enjoy the dry-farmed Cabernet Sauvignon produced at Pacheco Ranch.  
Point Reyes Vineyard Inn and Winery Address: 12700 Hwy. 1, Point Reyes Station Telephone: (415) 663-1011 Winter Hours (Nov. 15-May 31): Noon-5PM on weekends Summer Hours (May 31-Nov. 14): Noon-5PM Friday-Sundays *Accommodations Point Reyes Winery is located 40 miles north of San Francisco on Hwy. 1. It’s a scenic area overlooking Point Reyes National Seashore. Award-winning wines include Cabernet Sauvigon, Syrah, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Blanc de Noir Sparkling Wines, Zinfandel, and Chardonnay.
Pey VineyardsPey-Marin Vineyards Address: P.O. Box 912, San Anselmo CA Telephone: (415) 455-9463 This Marin County California winery produces wine under three different labels. These labels are: Pey-Marin Vineyards, Textbook, and Spicerack Vineyards. Award winning wines that you’ll savor!
Sean Thackery Address: 240 Overlook Dr., Bolinas, CA Telephone: Open at special events only. Sean Thackery’s unusual approach to wine making produces outstanding wines. His wines are not easy to find. His wines are produced in small lots. If you have a chance to buy a bottle of his wine, don’t hesitate. Every wine he produces is special.
Stubbs Vineyard Address: 1000 Marshall Petaluma Rd., Petaluma Telephone: (707) 486-3152 Open for wine tasting by appointment. Stubbs produces quality Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Merlot from grapes grown in west Marin County.
Trek Winery Address: 1026 Machin Ave, Novato, CA Telephone: (415) 899-9883 Open Wed.-Thurs. noon-8PM; Fri.-Sat. noon-10PM; Sun.1-7PM. *Live Entertainment Reds: Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese, Zinfandel, a blend. Whites: Albarino and Chardonnay. They also have a Rose. Check their website for live entertainment schedule for fun in Marin County California.  

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