Things to do in Philo
In the summer, cool off in the Navarro River swimming hole beneath Philo Greenwood Bridge.
Tom Lemons sells his own line-caught salmon.
Remarkable Pinots made by artist Toby Hill (grab his ’07 Marguerite—if you can get it).
Founded by retired fire captain Vern Boltz, this small, deceptively humble operation produces much-lauded wines and exceptional grapes.
A popular draw for its affordable whites and outdoor picnic tables under trellised grapevines.
An Anderson Valley pioneer, housed in a charmingly rustic converted barn.
Located in the hills, with panoramic views. Tastings are accompanied by bowls of Goldfish and Cheetos—a savory (if irreverent) touch.
By appointment only.
From the French makers of Cristal: sparkling wines at a much more budget-friendly price, in the valley’s poshest setting.
Try a Pinot Noir at Goldeneye, a modern Mendocino County winery surrounded by gardens and redwoods.
Up the road in Philo, you can also visit the most photogenic tasting room in the valley, in a 19th-century wooden building once used for drying apples.