CALIFORNIA WINE REGIONS

The primarily Mediterranean climate of California has allowed the state to become a leading producer of wine both nationally and globally. Nearly 90 percent of all wine produced in the United States comes from Californian vineyards. Currently, California is home to over 1,200 wineries that occupy a variety of wine regions within the state.

The North Coast wine region encompasses the area north of the San Francisco Bay. Notable for the Napa Valley and Sonoma County, the North Coast region contains more than 1100 wineries (over half of California's total). This region features a variety of winegrape, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, Zinfandel, and more.

Stretching from the San Francisco Bay in the north down to Santa Barbara in the south, the Central Coast wine region occupies roughly 250 miles of the California coastline. These coastal wine areas are ideal for world-class production due to the climate and the variety of soils and topography. San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties dedicate over 44,000 acres of land to wine production. Paso Robles, located in northern San Luis Obispo County, was named 2013 Wine Region of the Year by Wine Enthusiast.

The Sierra Foothills are located further inland in California near Yosemite National Park and Lake Tahoe. Wine production began in this region during the California Gold Rush. Today, over 100 wineries are located within the Sierra Foothills wine region.

The Inland Valley of California, specifically the San Joaquin Valley, is rather famous for its outstanding agricultural production in general, not just its wine. The fertile soil and climate make the the region one of the leading agricultural areas in the world. The Inland Valley wine region is the largest in the state, stretching from Shasta to Bakersfield. 

Reiss Design Studio works closely with both the owner and winemaker to create a design based upon region and site-specific requirements and considerations.