Where in the wine world are we? Foggy valley edition

Have you ever though that the higher elevation a vineyard, the cooler it is? I have. But vineyards don’t always abide by the same principles as climbing Mt. Everest. In fact, higher vineyards can be warmer in some areas because they are above the fog line. I stumbled on this picture recently that dramatically illustrates how this can be.

Where in the wine world is it? Hit the comments with your thoughts; answer to follow.

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19 Responses to “Where in the wine world are we? Foggy valley edition”

  1. Hmm, foggy valley and Cypress trees – Italy? How about Piemonte (and Nebbiolo connection) … except that apparently the term Nebbiolo does not come from word for fog after all.

  2. Petaluma Wind Gap. Or somewhere in northern California!

  3. I’ve once made that kind of picture in the hills around Napa. Northern California could thus be a good answer anyway.

  4. Piemonte!

  5. Not sure where the picture is from, but Anderson Valley has the same issue. The vineyards on the valley floor are usually cooler than the vineyards at elevation – specifically because of the fog line.

  6. Looks like Santa Cruz to me!

  7. Northern Napa Valley. Calistoga perhaps. Right near Jericho Canyon Vineyard?

  8. Coastal Croatia. North, near Istria.

  9. Looks like RRV from Gary Farrell’s tasting room.

  10. Sonoma County; definitely not Piedmont

  11. I vote somewhere on the West Coast also. I live in the Piemonte, and when the fog rolls in, you are lucky to be able to see a hill town above the fog, much less any vineyards. Or your hand in front of your face. Or your neighbor’s white truffle patches. Or your neighbor’s rifle pointed at your head if you stumble onto one of his white truffle patches…

  12. I think it’s a place on the west coast. It’s wonderful photography, impressive nature and the beautiful landscape seen through this picture. Landscape undoubtedly feeling nature to relax.



  13. Hi all,

    Thanks for playing along. Yes it is a good shot; yes, the fog was something of a red herring since it is not Piedmont.

    In fact, it is Northern California, specifically, the Anderson Valley. I came across the photo while surfing the internet for a picture of fog line (after my talk with Wells Guthrie who gets some fruit in Anderson Valley) and thought I would share. Nice job, Brian, you nailed it!

    You can find the original and more info at http://www.avwines.com/

  14. the shame is that with the new Google Image search, this sort of contest will be a thing of the past unless they are your own images and you’ve not uploaded them to the cloud:

    For example, if we had bothered, check these search results out

  15. Robert – fascinating! Although I followed your link, what was your exact search?

  16. easy! go to http://www.google.com … then click on the “Images” link in the black bar

    you can now do an image search – no text required

    you drag the image from your post straight into the box … and voila! you get the original sources and copies ๐Ÿ™‚

    More info here: http://www.google.com/insidesearch/searchbyimage.html

  17. Wow, thanks, Robert! I did not know about that sort of image search. Now will you come by and stop my VCR from blinking 12:00? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  18. VCR? Must be some ultra-up-to-date application for iPhone I’ve not heard about ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I’m sure Google will have a solution in due course – VCR+ maybe?


  19. Dr. V,
    what direction does the fog move in from ?? is it from the South East, or from the Northwest? it’s not clear geographically from Google maps.


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