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Sunny, warm, and expansive, California has many notable American wineries. Usually, the ground that produces the best wine has volcanic, granite, or schist soil. Minerals naturally arranged in bands run through the rock. Oddly enough, this hard, infertile soil is most suitable for grape-growing. Because vines cannot find nutrients and water in the topsoil, they must bury deep into the ground in their search. As a result, the vines also take in minerals and trace elements that notably contribute to the wine’s flavor.

Here are just some of the outstanding wineries in California:

Alma Rosa Winery

Alma Rosa Winery is located on a long section of California’s Santa Barbara County’s southern coast, an area between the Santa Ynez Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. This coastal area is known as the “American Riviera” because the climate so closely resembles that of the Mediterranean coastland. Founded in this beautiful area in 2005, Alma Rosa Winery produces vibrant, layered, and balanced wines, reflecting the winery’s location in the St. Rita Hills of Santa Barbara County.

Flowers Vineyards & Winery, Cazadero

With an unforgettable view, this winery on the Sonoma Coast was founded in the late 1980s by former Pennsylvanian nursery owners. Flowers Vineyard produces award-winning chardonnay and pinot noir wines.

Hall Wines, Napa Valley

Hall Wines is located in Napa Valley and offers visitors spectacular views of the surrounding vineyards. Hall prides itself on having its grapes compose more than half of the wines’ compositions; other grapes are gathered from over 79 vineyards around the valley. This winery has an intimate tasting room that looks out on the vineyards and the beautiful surrounding scenery.

Ferrari-Carano Vineyards

One of the most luxurious sipping spots in the Sonoma Valley, Ferrari-Carano Vineyard is  located on Dry Creek Road in the upper portion of the valley and produces highly celebrated chardonnays. There is a breathtaking view of Lake Sonoma and five acres of flower gardens with nearly 10,000 tulips in the Spring.

Malibu Wines

This ambitious winery in a region with great potential is close to Los Angeles. Just 25 miles north of Santa Monica at the crest of the Santa Monica Mountains, Malibu Wines is located on a 65-acre property with old barns, camels, wildflowers, and picturesque views of the countryside—a striking change for most L.A. visitors. The winery has ten varieties that visitors can sip on site.