Mill Valley is 34 miles south of California’s world famous Wine Country, but the cozy community prospers in the same way as its wine-growing neighbors to the north. For example, Mill Valley farmers are fortunate to have access to the same fertile terrain and moderate weather. And, as a result, the viticulture is robust. Without a doubt, the wines of Napa Valley and Sonoma Valley deserve all the accolades they receive. But vintners from around the world agree: the wineries in and around Mill Valley have garnered their own well-deserved reputation too.
Over the years, the Mill Valley Wine & Gourmet Celebration has become the nexus of the city’s wine tasting culture. Debuting in 1981, the festival is held every summer and continues to be a great opportunity for wine aficionados and foodies to come together and mingle. Not only does the Wine & Gourmet Celebration put the spotlight on Mill Valley’s vineyards, it also attracts vintners from around the world, including various wine labels from France, Spain, Greece, Argentina, and Australia.
Looking back, it’s amazing to see how this celebration of wine and cheese has grown from its modest beginnings into such a huge and inclusive gathering. 2012 was the 30th anniversary of the event.
However, if you’re not able to visit Mill Valley during the summer season, there are plenty of alternative ways to discover the city’s wines throughout the year.
Naturally, there are a handful of wine bars, restaurants, and unique retail outlets that promote the area’s indigenous crop. For example, the Mill Valley Market is worth seeking out. The annual summer festival was founded by the owners of this gourmet grocery store, and their commitment to Mill Valley’s wine industry is unmatched by anyone. Vintage Wine & Spirits is another outlet that offers an expansive variety of local wines.
In addition, Mill Valley and the surrounding community of Marin County are flush with wineries that offer year-round tasting tours of their carefully blended, hand-crafted, small-batch wines.
A few of these wineries include:
Point Reyes Vineyards, 12700 Highway One, Point Reyes Station, 415-663-1011
Pacheco Ranch Winery, 235 Alameda Del Prado, Novato, (415) 883-5583
Scenic Root Winegrowers, San Anselmo, (415) 455-9463
Kendric Vineyards, 36 Monterey Avenue, San Anselmo, (415) 456-6942)
Northern California is one of the most beautiful and scenic areas in the United States. And Mill Valley, surrounded by towering redwoods, wooded canyons, and Mount Tamalpais, is one of the most beautiful cities in the area. Noted for its secluded location and its arty inclination, Mill Valley is a popular destination for people who want a break from the blustery street life of San Francisco 14 miles away. Over the years it has also become a popular destination point for connoisseurs of fine wine. There’s no two ways about it, the beautiful vistas and sensual pleasures of Mill Valley provide a unique and one-of-a-kind experience.