Elk Prairie Vineyard is located in Humboldt County, north of Mendocino County. The dense fog of this region allows both wine grapes and Redwood trees to flourish, and at one time the largest tree in the world (the “Dyerville Giant”) stood just a few miles from our vineyard site. The Elk Prairie Vineyard perches at 1200 feet elevation on Fruitland Ridge, which separates the middle and south forks of the Eel River as they head north towards the Pacific Ocean. Fog from Humboldt Bay creeps up this ridge in the evenings and lingers overnight into morning. Summer temperatures are very mild here, typically in the high 70’s to low 80’s, and only rarely reach 90 degrees. These moderate temperatures allow the densely planted vines to ripen slowly and achieve a greater complexity and balance.