The pristine Anderson Valley nestled between the Pacific Ocean and Sonoma County is a slice of pure heaven.
Known for centuries by it’s rich agricultural heritage, fertile lands, and gentle climate, the Valley is quickly becomming synonomous with quality food, delicate and award winning wine grapes and clean, natural livestock.
We grow many of the raw foods used in production of the finest dishes served in our own Restaurant at Stevenswoodand a number of other premium dinning establishments in the region.
Early Native American inhabitants of Anderson Valley were speakers of two of the seven Pomoan languages. The Late Pomo of what is now the Yorkville area spoke the centralPomo language. The Tabahtea (Tah-bah-tay) Pomo of the Boonville area west to Navarro spoke the Northern Pomo language. These residents occupied nineteen known village sites, with an estimated population of 600 in 1855.
The early European American settlers of Anderson Valley arrived after 1850. They practiced subsistence farming and expanded into resource extraction economies based ontimber harvesting and livestock ranching. In 1880 a human population of around 1,000 maintained 75,000 head of sheep and 20,000 head of cattle. Commercial production ofapples and hops began before the turn of the century, along with the development of Boontling, the local folk language.
Large tracts of land were removed from production and subdivided. The first commercial vineyards for wine grapes were planted.
A wine boom began in the 1980s. This led to the establishment of the Anderson Valley American Viticultural Area. The wine industry is now the primary driver of the Anderson Valley economy. The major annual wine event is the Pinot Noir Festival at the County Fairgrounds in May. In addition to wine, there is a successful microbrewery, theAnderson Valley Brewing Company, on the outskirts of Boonville. Like much of Mendocino County, the hospitality industry is a natural adjunct to boutique alcohol production. Fine restaurants and quality lodging are in good supply.
The climate is tempered by cool marine air. Steep hills and mountains surround rolling to nearly level alluvial terraces. The dominant natural vegetation is Coast Redwood, various native oak tree varieties, and Douglas-fir. Elevation ranges from sea level to 2,500 feet (760 m). The average annual precipitation ranges from 35 to 80 inches (900 to 2000 mm). The average annual temperature is about 53 °F (12 °C), and the average frost-free season ranges from 220 to 365 days. The summers are cool and moist with frequent fog.
The pleasant natural environment and rural lifestyle also attracts artists, writers, musicians and a variety of skilled crafts people.
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