Round-the-Lake Wine Tour
Of the three dozen or so Lake County wine labels, well over half have tasting rooms open to the public. All are fun and interesting. The hotel can recommend one or two quality and knowledgeable limo drivers if you would like a reasonably priced guided tour.
If you want to make a day of it, you might start out at Brassfield Estate Wines, in High Valley. It’s a circuitous road up from the town of Clearlake Oaks, but well worth the effort. The wines are good and the facility is a real showplace.
From there, again well off the beaten track, you could visit the Six Sigma Ranch and Winery on Spruce Grove Road just past the town of Lower Lake. This is a working ranch and a chance to experience agro-tourism at its best.
Doubling back on the other side of the Lake, you could visit the tasting rooms of Vigilance Wines and the Gregory Graham Winery on Point Lakeview Road just off Hwy 29 headed toward Kelseyville. Vigilance, with its great view of the lower part of the Lake, is part of the Shannon Ridge family of wines, and Greg Graham (pictured with wife Marianne) is definitely one of the premier winemakers in Lake County.
Back on Hwy 29 heading north, take a left on Red Hills Road and visit another Lake County showplace, the Boatique Winery. The wines are excellent, the views superb and the owner’s collection of antique and modern wooden powerboats is unmatched
Continuing on to the farming town of Kelseyville, there are several tasting rooms on Main St. Here it’s worth a short diversion to the Chacewater Wines and Olive Mill facility on Gaddy Lane. The wines are great, and you can finish off your tour with a sampling of the wonderful olive oils produced here.