At Pacific Star Winery you can experience stunning views of the ocean while enjoying traditional or unusual Mendocino County wines. The building actually sits atop an active fault line called the “Pacific Star Fault,” named in honor of the winery upon its discovery in 2006. Running directly under the winery, it connects to the San Andreas fault system 12 miles out to sea toward the northwest. The winery’s cellar and tasting room sit over sea caves where the crashing waves below help to naturally filter the aging wine from its sediment. Because of its proximity to the ocean, salt from sea air gathers on the French, Hungarian and American oak barrels, and accelerates osmosis, creating uniquely viscous and dense wines. Bring a lunch and picnic atop the cliff, as the waves crash and break on the rocks below; the winery’s spectacular picnic area offers breathtaking coastal views. In the spring and fall, this is a great place to see California gray whales pass by on their migration route. Even if you’re not a wine enthusiast, the winery welcomes you to share in the experience. The owners and staff of this truly impressive stretch of the Mendocino Coast believe that this precious land should be shared with all. There are two tasting rooms; one at the winery and one in the town of Fort Bragg. Pacific Star has a comprehensive website where visitors can view photos of the winery and its beautiful location, learn more about its unique winemaking process and event planning, join their wine club and purchase wine.
May through October: Daily 12 – 5 p.m.
November through April: Closed Tue & Wed
WHERE: approximately 12 miles north of Fort Bragg on scenic Hwy 1, and in the satellite tasting room at 401 N. Main St. in Fort Bragg at the Depot Mall.
MORE INFO: 707-964-1155 | PacificStarWinery.com