Tours and Sightseeing
Lake County’s scenic beauty includes varied topography, rural country roads, colorful landscapes, abundant wildlife, and distinct seasons. Pick up a map, grab the camera, and enjoy some of the area's most scenic drives.
Contact Lake County Visitor Information Center at (800) 525-3743 and ask for a map and the Scenic Drives Brochure, or click here to download the brochure and map.
|Brassfield Estate Winery|
|10915 High Valley Road, Clearlake Oaks, CA 95423
Tasting room open:
December 1 through February 28, noon to 5:00 p.m. daily
March 1 through November 30, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily
Tours by appointment. Limited tasting also available at Lake County Wine Studio (LCWS).
With a Tuscan-style winery located at his vineyard estate in High Valley Jerry Brassfield has an idyllic setting for grapes and guests alike. With official AVA status granted in 2005, the High Valley appellation is one of California’s newest, and unlike many California coastal valleys that typically run north-south, High Valley’s orientation is east-west, approximately one mile wide and five miles long. The valley’s topography has created several distinct microclimates and its geology has resulted in a combination of volcanic soils along the hillsides and alluvial soils on the valley floor, which sits at an elevation of 1,800 feet. Excavation is underway on one of the largest wine cave systems in North America. Totaling 75,000 square feet when complete, currently 15,000 square feet of the wine cave system is finished and houses 1,500 barrels of wine. The system is interconnected and has four entrances with plans for a public area to hold wine club parties and special events. Brassfield’s meticulously planted vineyards on the cooler valley floor are perfect for white varietals such as Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc, while the hillside vineyards are ideally suited for red varietals such as Zinfandel, Syrah, Cabernet, and Merlot. A covered Picnic Pavilion is available for guests and is surrounded by centuries-old oak trees that dot the natural wildlife corridors and traverse the vineyards. Brassfield is quickly gaining prestige for its estate-grown varietals, many of which have racked up impressive awards.
|5115 E. Highway 20
Tasting Room open daily Noon to 5:00 p.m., tours by appointment. Limited tasting also available at Lake County Wine Studio (LCWS).
Organic and Biodynamic
|Situated along two miles of lakeshore, the agricultural resort-style winery, Ceago Vinegarden, owned and operated by Jim Fetzer of the prominent winemaking family, promotes a holistic farming environment for plant and animal life. A showcase of biodynamic winemaking and agriculture, the development surrounds a Hacienda-style compound of buildings with herb gardens, grapes, kiwis, olives, walnuts, figs, lavender, a variety of seasonal plantings and winegrapes — the primary production crop — including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, and Sauvignon Blanc. Domestic and wild animals wander the property, demonstrating how both animal and plant kingdoms work together in an agricultural environment.|
|Crazy Creek Air Adventures|
|The sky's the limit at Crazy Creek Air Adventures, where you can soar, jump or fly. Soar the skies in a quiet glider, feel the wind in your face flying the skies in the cockpit of a bi-plane, or enjoy the ultimate adrenaline rush of skydiving as you freefall until the instructor pulls the ripcord to the parachute. Packages available.|
|Eyes of the Wild|
|Customized boat tours are fun for the whole family, and a great way to view Clear Lake's scenics and diverse wildlife. Tours are perfect for bird watchers and photographers.|
|Gregory Graham Vineyard and Winery Tours|
|13633 Point Lakeview Road
Lower Lake, CA 95457
(707) 995 3500
Join winegrower Gregory Graham on a one hour tour of his vineyards and gain first-hand knowledge of the area and what makes his particular vineyards so special. Then it’s back to the tasting room for samples of current release wines while viewing the winery. Weather permitting; advanced reservations required. Free.
|Hawk and Horse Vineyards|
|13048 Hwy 29, Lower Lake, CA 95457
Tasting room open Saturday and Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., weekdays by appointment.
|Hawk and Horse Vineyards is passionately dedicated to quality from the ground up. From the selection of vines and vineyard site, to the most carefully detailed farming practices, they pay special attention to every aspect of the wine growing process. With soil and climate perfectly suited to growing Bordeaux varieties of world class distinction, they specialize in Cabernet Sauvignon. Their award-winning wines are attentively hand-crafted from fruit grown on their certified organic vineyard located in the Red Hills AVA. Family owned and operated, they take great pride in their farming practices and are certified Demeter Biodynamic and CCOF organic.|
|Lake County Visitor Information Center
6110 E Hwy 20, Lucerne
|A self-guided tour through Lake County’s distinct history, tourists need only a Heritage Tours CD and map to the eight plaques spread throughout the county. Plaques are located near historical sites and feature the story behind each monument, as well as the area’s history — physical changes over time, famous and infamous people, large and influential families, popular resorts and other businesses, different traditions, cultures, and even legends of the land. To get a real feel for the times, the accompanying CD features local residents telling the stories that came to make Lake County what it is today. $1.88 for CD.|
|Historic Family Ranch Daytrip, Wildflower Season|
|Eleven Roses Ranch
5456 New Long Valley Road
Clearlake Oaks. (707) 998-4471
|Guests’ journey begins with a 90-minute narrated mule-drawn wagon ride that meanders through a valley rich with history, wildlife, and magnificent wildflowers during the spring and ends with an authentic chuck wagon barbecue, complete with Dutch oven cobbler and complimentary Lake County wine. Fee. Reservations required. Group tours available other times of the year by reservation.|
|Historic Lakeport Tour|
|225 Park Street, Lakeport
|Take a self guided walking tour through downtown Lakeport. Visit 21 buildings, sites and areas rich in history dating back over a hundred years. The City of Lakeport lies on the shore of Clear Lake, the largest natural lake in California. As the oldest incorporated community in the county, and the county seat, the city is also the regional center of commerce and government. Maps available online and at the Lake County Visitor Information Center (800) 525-3743.|
|Indian Beach Resort Water Tours|
|9945 E. Highway 20
Clearlake Oaks, CA 95423
|Guests discover the beauty of Clear Lake from the lake. Tours include deluxe seating for 8 in a 21-foot pontoon boat with canopy and a knowledgeable guide. Tours are customized to your specifications; wildlife and nature, wine tasting, fishing, or sightseeing.|
|6316 E. Highway 20
Lucerne, CA 95458
|Explore the beauty and wildlife of Lake County by kayak with a guide. Follow one of the seven water trails to enjoy the beauty and wildlife of Lake County or customize your experience.|
|Lake County Quilt Trail|
|Enjoy art in rural places with the first quilt trail in California. More than a dozen vibrantly colored quilt blocks decorate the sides of pioneer barns, pear packing sheds, winery tasting rooms, and other historic structures throughout Lake County. Each quilt has a story that connects to the history of the building, honors farming, or celebrates family. Download a driving map of locations.|
|Langtry Estate & Vineyard Tours|
|21000 Butts Canyon Road
Middletown, CA 95461
Guided tours of the historic vineyard travel to the higher elevation of Tephra Ridge for spectacular views of Guenoc Valley. Tours are offered Tuesday through Saturday, 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Includes picnic-style lunch in the vineyard and wine tasting. Fee for tour. 48-hours advance reservations required.
|Moore Family Winery|
|11990 Bottle Rock Road
Kelseyville, CA 95451
Open Saturday and Sunday, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tours available by appointment. Limited tasting also available at Lake County Wine Studio (LCWS).
|The Moores, who have been in the wine business for decades building wine caves for Napa Valley wineries, completed their own masterpiece in Lake County after 12 years – a 70-acre mountain-top estate winery complete with wine caves, organic vineyards, a picnic area, and two ponds. Weddings are welcome on the beautiful grounds and local musicians play monthly concerts through the harvest season. The tasting room has a Mediterranean flair with picture windows of the stunning mountain views.|
|Vines, Mines, and Wines Tour at Six Sigma Ranch and Winery|
|Six Sigma Ranch and Winery
13372 Spruce Grove Road
Lower Lake, CA 95457
Hop into the Six Sigma Ranch Pinzgauer for the rugged ascent to the high-altitude Diamond Mine Vineyard (Lake County diamonds - a semi-precious gem only found in Lake County - are often found glittering in the volcanic soil). Following the vineyard tour, return to the Stage Coach House for a tasting of current Six Sigma Winery releases. Advance reservations required, weather permitting. Allow 90 minutes. Admission fee for tour. 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
|5395 Konocti Road|
Kelseyville, CA 95451
Tasting and tours by appointment. Limited tasting at Lake County Wine Studio (LCWS).
|Sun and soil are two of the most important elements in making great wine. Wanting the best site to grow ultra-premium grapes, Sol Rouge was planted on an estate rich in red volcanic soil from which the estate derives its name – translating to ‘red soil’ in French. The sun, which is translated to ‘sol’ in Spanish, is diverse due to the multiple aspects and aggressive terrain, allowing several different varietals to grow in the distinct microclimates on the 70-acre estate nested between Mount Konocti and Benson Ridge. Award-winning Sol Rouge – where the sun and soil unite.|
|Steele Wines, Inc.|
|4350 Thomas Drive|
Kelseyville, CA 95451
Tasting room open 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. on Saturdays. Tours by appointment.
|Jed Steele, founding winemaker of Kendall-Jackson, established Steele and Shooting Star Wines in 1991, co-leasing a small winery until the summer of 1996 when he purchased and opened the old Konocti Winery between Lakeport and Kelseyville. In 2002, Jed and his son Quincy Steele, began a small project which became the new label named Writer’s Block, which has blossomed into an acclaimed line of wines. Steele Wines also produces small quantities of single-vineyard Chardonnays, five single-vineyard Pinot Noirs, three single-vineyard Zinfandels, Pinot Gris, Viognier, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Late Harvest Chardonnay. All three labels have won numerous awards.|
|Tallman Hotel Wine Tour|
|9550 Main Street, Upper Lake
|Guests of the hotel can enjoy this five-hour limousine tour with a personable and knowledgeable driver. Guests can choose a guaranteed private tour or a shared tour with others, up to eight guests total. Book the tour and a room by contacting the hotel. Gratuity to driver not included. Add a picnic lunch box prepared by the Blue Wing Saloon Restaurant for $20 per person.|