About Us

The Beauty of Anderson Valley is Quietly Inspirational…

Anderson Valley is located in the rolling hills of the coastal region of Mendocino County, 110 miles northwest of San Francisco. It is the wine country we all used to know – approachable, intimate, uncrowded, and primarily owner-operated.

Only fifteen miles long, this beautiful valley is home to a unique group of vineyards and wineries producing a broad range of ultra-premium wines including world-class Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Alsace Varietals (Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris).

We are the coolest wine-growing region in California and our grapes are also used in award-winning sparkling and late harvest wines. Rolling vineyards meet forests of redwood and pigmy habitations, and our soils benefit from wild flora native to coastal Mendocino. For any lover of wine, Anderson Valley deserves exploration to see why we are considered by many as the most desired wine region in the New World.

Learn more with our 1-hr recording of the Introduction to Anderson Valley Masterclass.

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The Anderson Valley Winegrowers Association (AVWA) is a non-profit 501(c)6 organization established in 2005 to support and promote Anderson Valley as a world-class, wine producing and wine grape growing region specializing in producing award-winning cool climate Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, sparkling, and Alsatian wines that showcase the unique terroir and climate of our wine region. Our members are dedicated to protecting our environment so that our natural resources and farmlands are preserved for future generations.

The Association includes winery members, growers and associate businesses or individuals. The Association produces festivals and wine country events; provides information to consumers and media; markets the Anderson Valley wine region; promotes affiliate businesses supporting wine tourism; and advocates for the promotion and protection of the Anderson Valley wine and grape industry.

Meet The Team

Executive Director

Courtney DeGraff

Executive Director

Courtney was bitten by the wine bug in college. She arrived sight unseen in Anderson Valley in 2017 after leaving a career in the financial services industry in Boston and accepting a wine business internship with Foursight Wines. Working for a growers association was the career direction she intended to pursue and she performed a marketing and sales role with the small family winery until she began with the AVWA in 2019. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking and photography and has offered many of her images to the association to help share the story of this unique wine region. Her most memorable wine experience is a 1947 Chateau d’Yquem and a 1978 Ridge Montebello.

Dera (Dee) Keith

Member Relations & Events Coordinator

California Native, born in San Diego who’s spent the last ten years exploring various regions of this beautiful state. Dee once lived on the Central Coast and worked at Talbott Vineyards in Carmel Valley, which was her introduction to wine regions, types of aging processes, and many different varietals- sparking her love for all things wine. Dee moved her way up to Mendocino County from the Bay Area in 2018 to work at the Flow Cannabis Institute, where she learned about the terrain, growing conditions, and the regions best suited for cannabis cultivars, which in many ways are very similar to wine regions. She has a love for all things sustainable and delicious- like a nice, chilled glass of Sauvignon Blanc, her favorite! Dee is very excited to be in this position and to support Anderson Valley Winegrowers.

An Introduction to Anderson Valley Masterclass

Blackberry, mushrooms and a hint of mint. No, this isn’t the shopping list for your local farmers’ market. It’s just a small taste of the aromas and flavors you may find in your Anderson Valley Pinot Noir. And whether you’re the type of person that sniffs a wine and says it smells like wine or you dive into the glass and can rattle off ten very precise adjectives and even a few memories it invokes, we have an opportunity for you. Join two expert tasters—Nick Hetzel, MS and Sommelier Peter Palmer, as they break down differences in two AV Pinots from neighboring vineyards.

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