The Gianoli Ranch Vineyard is located in the Mendocino Ridge viticultural area in Anderson Valley, California. Most locals call this appellation “Islands in the Clouds”, as the non-contiguous peaks rise from clouds of fog, seemingly like islands, bringing uninterrupted sunshine to the scattering of tiny vineyards nestled among Redwood and Douglas fir trees. The region covers more than a quarter-million acres of mountainous land. But only about one-third of this is above the 1,200-foot fog line, the minimum elevation at which land is included within the appellation. Of this eligible land, only a minute fraction is suitable for grape cultivation. Just 75 acres of the entire viticultural area is planted. The cultivation of vineyards in the Mendocino Ridge began with the first Italian settlers, who came to the area in the late 1800’s to peel tan bark. These Italian immigrants brought with them their grapes of choice: Zinfandels, Muscat, Malvasia and Grenache.