Shannon Ridge Family of Wines at Vigilance Vineyards

Shannon Ridge Family of Wines at Vigilance Vineyards
13888 Point Lakeview Rd.
Lower Lake, CA  95457

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Tasting Room Open Fri – Sun: 11 – 5 PM

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What to Buy

’11 Home Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon
Blackberry, tobacco, dark fruit compote, coffee, dark chocolate $29.99

’12 Playtime Red
Sweet red fruits, dark spices, hint of black pepper $15.99

’13 High Valley Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc
Lemon, lime, tropical fruit, mineral $25

Special Notes

Spectacular view, outdoor pet friendly, wine club events, sustainable farming practices.

Story

Overlooking Anderson Marsh State Park at the souther end of Clear Lake, Vigilance Vineyards is the home of the Shannon Ridge Family of Wines tasting room. Owners Clay and Margarita Shannon have created a special combination of lake country hospitality along with a stunning portfolio of wines to sample. They offer tasting flights from Shannon Ridge; Vigilance Vineyards; High Valley Vineyards; Dalliance—a brooding blend of Zinfandel, Syrah, Barbera, Tempranillo, Caber net Sauvignon, and Grenache—and the newest wine, Playtime, an enticing blend of Zinfandel with small amounts of Grenache, Petit Verdot, and Barbera with a price that's equally attractive as its label depicting the Pinup Stars of World War II.

We give our guests a wide selection of wines to taste in one beautiful place,” says Owner Clay Shannon. “And they can walk outside and sit on our deck for as long as they like, or hike in the vineyards with family and friends. It’s exactly how we like to enjoy our lives. We’ve been blessed to get this place and we want to share it.”

The Shannons cultivate their vineyards to highlight the unique characteristics of Lake County grapes and they also work together to raise grass-fed lamb. They practice sustainable farming by using sheep in the vineyards to maintain the natural cycle of the land, a system Clay has trademarked “the Ovis Cycle.”

There are more than 1,000 heads of sheep combing the ranch, guided by a full-time shepherd along with the Shannon family’s beloved sheep dogs. The sheep keep the vineyard sustainable by minimiz- ing the need for fertilizers and herbicides, and they get 20 percent more protein when eating grape leaves than they do when eating grass. “Because of the natural fertilizers the sheep leave behind, we call them our ‘ Woolly Compost Machines,’” Clay says. “ They also reduce our labor needs in the spring, and we use them to reduce fire hazard outside the vineyards during the summer. They are some of the best workers we have!”

The Shannon family is committed to preserving their land, not only for the great vineyard sites, but also for the bear, elk, mountain lions, eagles, and other creatures which live there. Of their approximately 2,000 acres, about 30 percent has been preserved for wildlife. When the vineyards were first planted, they were carefully plotted out, leaving corridors open for migrating animals and protecting sensitive nesting areas.

Wine lovers everywhere can be part of Shannon Ridge every day when they join the Most Wanted Wine Club. Members can purchase fine wines at discounted prices, “rope in” many wines before they’re released, and receive invitations to exclusive events like Winemaker Farm to Table Dinners, barbecues on the ranch, and club member release parties. “Most Wanted” wine club members have three exciting options: Wranglers, Ropers, and Outlaws. Outlaw members are also invited to our annual Sheep Shearing Party held at Sheep Camp in May. Whether they’re visiting the Shannons in Lake County or opening a bottle of their wine at home, wine lovers can share the Shannons’ vision in each glass.

For more information, please visit: shannonridge.com


Shannon Ridge 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon

Amenities

Tasting Room: Yes

Complimentary Tastings: No

Tastings — By Appointment Only: No

Tours: No

Tours — By Appointment Only: No

Private Tours: No

VIP & Educational Experiences: No

Exceptional Views: No

Club Member Lounge: No

Restaurant / Deli: No

Food / Wine Pairings: No

Gift Shop: No

Wedding Facilities: No

Event Facilities: No

Corp. Meetings: No

Guest House on Premises: No

Lawn Games: Yes

Family Friendly: No

Pet Friendly: No

Family Owned and Operated: No

Wine Cave: No

Art/Architectural Interest: No

Sustainable Practices: No

Events

Videos

Shannon Ridge- High Elevation

High elevation: “a great or considerable reach upward or vertically”.  Shannon Ridge introduces their High Elevation collection.

Who is Clay Shannon of Shannon Ridge

Discover Clay Shannon of Shannon Ridge Winery.

Shannon Ridge BBQ Lamb with Pineapple Salsa

Fire up the grill and take a foodie tour of Lake and Mendocino Counties with wonderful BBQ lamb recipe. You'll love the spicy pineapple salsa!