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Born of a pioneering spirit

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Forging a Better Way.

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Sustainability isn’t some philosophical concept; it’s the way we live our lives.
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Clay Shannon standing on a mountain

Clay Shannon has always been a bit of a maverick. In 1996, he decided to buck convention and set out on his own to establish a progressive, pioneering winery and ranch in Lake County, California.

This wild, challenging terrain captured Shannon’s imagination and inspired his uncompromising commitment to the land itself. “We wanted to grow the best fruit possible,” says Clay, “but we wanted to do it in a way that made us happy living there.

Today, Shannon Family of Wines includes over 2,000 acres of mountain property, roughly half of which is under vine. With the earth’s climate under threat, we’re using our resources to do something about it. This includes transforming 1,000 acres into a regenerative organic farming system that greatly reduces environmental impact. Our home is situated on the ridges of ancient volcanic soil at higher elevations. And while conditions may seem extreme, the guest experience is extraordinary. Rustic charm, stunning lake views, and abundant wildlife underscore the western spirit still alive in Clear Lake. Visitors enjoy award-winning wines, a range of varietals, and great value, all crafted with an approach that puts earth first. At Shannon Family of Wines, we’re true to ourselves and to the land.

Our Sustainability

We plant it.
We grow it.
We pick it.
We make it.
We own it.

Vineyard rows at Shannon Ridge

An exceptional group of people.

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    Life at Shannon Ranch.

    We’re surrounded by wildlife. We’ve got ducks, geese, deer, raccoons, quail, golden eagles, bald eagles, wild turkey, chipmunks and bobcats that visit us regularly.

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    Vineyard path at Shannon Ridge

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    Clay and Angie enjoying the sunset

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    Flock of sheep standing in a field

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    Angie staring into the pasture with her horse

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    Agriculture and farming in the vineyards

    An exceptional place for an extraordinary journey.

    Sustainability

    Sustainability

    We live in harmony with mother nature

    Wines

    Wines

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    Join us at the Mercantile tomorrow for a Buck Shack Can release party! Live music from Lake County Diamonds #visitlakecounty #buckshack #buckshackcans #shannonfamilyofwines #winebar ...

    Buck Shack cans are in! Mountain Lemonade and Sparkling Rose! Available at the Vigilance tasting room & The Mercantile…Perfect cocktail for summer! #buckshack #winecans #themercantile ...

    All weekend long at The Mercantile, new Buck Shack cans are on special for just $5 each (normally $8)! 🥂

    Don't miss the L.C. Diamonds and @badassblts from 4-7pm this Saturday night! No reservation needed.

    For full event details, visit the link in our bio!
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    Safe to say we know what we're doing 1 week from today. 🍖

    Before then, kick off summer with us this Saturday night from 4-7pm and be one of the first to crack open a CAN of our new Buck Shack Bubbly Rosé or Buck Shack Mountain Lemonade, all while enjoying amazing food from Badass BLTs and live music by the Lake County Diamonds!
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    Cozy up to the bar and catch up or play some bocce ball on our patio -- either way, you're doing Friday right at the Vigilance Tasting Room! 🥂 ...

    Cabinet goals... 🥃🍷 #buckshackwines #buckshack #bourbonbarrelaged #winetime #bourbonlovers ...

    Lake County Wine Adventure 2022 is finally here this weekend, May 21 & 22 from 11am–5pm! 🍷 Purchase tickets at the link in our bio.

    During this two-day, passport style event, sample wine from participating Lake County wineries while enjoying barrel tastings, entertainment, winery tours, wine and food pairings, and other fun and sustainable wine activities.

    Both the Shannon Mercantile and the Vigilance Tasting Room are participating with wine and food pairings! Enjoy Barbecue by Biasotti for purchase at The Mercantile.
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    Sunday strolls in the vineyards at Vigilance 😍 #winelover #winetasting #weekendwine #vineyardviews #californiawine ...

    Prowein kicks off! Going to be a long, fun 3 days😃😉#shannonfamilyofwines #prowein #prowein2022 ...

    California Wine Institute Copenhagen, Denmark tasting, Clay and Al Portney #shannonfamilyofwines #californiawineinstitute ...

    On the way to Prowein, a stop in Champagne, clay loves the short high density vineyards #shannonfamilyofwines #vineyards ...

    Don't miss this amazing weekend, @lakecountywineryassociation Wine Adventure 2022 on May 21st and 22nd!

    During this two-day, passport style event, sample wine from participating Lake County wineries while enjoying barrel tastings, entertainment, winery tours, wine and food pairings, and other fun and sustainable wine activities.

    Both the Shannon Mercantile and the Vigilance Tasting Room are participating with wine and food pairings! Enjoy Barbecue by Biasotti for purchase at The Mercantile.

    Purchase tickets at the link in our bio!
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    Our beautiful outdoor seating areas are just begging for a Mother's Day picnic lunch with live music and specials on wine by the glass!

    Today's the last day to reserve your spot by emailing mmartin@shannonridge.com for Vigilance or joaquin@shannonridge.com for The Mercantile. (See our previous post for full details).
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    This Mother’s Day from 11am — 2pm, treat the amazing women in your life to an afternoon of great memories, wine and food at either the Shannon Mercantile or the Vigilance Tasting Room!

    In honor of Mom, select glasses of Sauvignon Blanc and Rosé are only $5! She'll love sipping in the sun or inside our elegantly adorned springtime environment with her choice between two adorable boxed picnic lunches catered by @roseycooks:

    –Classic Quiche Lorraine - Apple Wood Smoked Bacon, Swiss Cheese

    –Spring Vegetable Quiche - Mushrooms, Asparagus, Spinach, Cheese Blend

    (Both come with a fresh fruit cup and a lemon bar!)

    Finally, we're bringing it all together as local musicians set the tone for a perfect day.

    Reservations are required by May 4th as we have limited seating available.

    Secure your spot at the location of your choice today for just $25! Email mmartin@shannonridge.com for Vigilance or joaquin@shannonridge.com for The Mercantile.

    #mothersday #mothersdaybrunch #sundaysips #weekendwine #momneedswine
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    @lakecountywinegrapecommission and Randall Krag made this fantastic video on the diversity of soil types and topography across Lake County's various AVAs. The possibilities of growing winegrapes in this region feel endless and we consider ourselves fortunate to steward our slice of this exciting young volcanic region!

    View the full video on Lake County Winegrape Commission's YouTube channel.
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    We take Earth Day a little literally around here, but that's ok when you're dealing with microbiomes in the soil and farming regeneratively. Organic wine takes organic work, and lots of it. 🍷 #earthday2022🌍 #earthdayeveryday #earthday #regenerativeagriculture #organicwine ...

    Thanks to @mercnews in San Jose for the shoutout to The Shannon Mercantile on "50+ spring wine tastings and events in Napa, Sonoma, and more" – you can read the full article at the link in our bio! 🍷 #winetasting #californiawine #lakecountyca #californiawinecountry ...

    Sunday Funday is back on at the Vigilance Tasting Room! This is the good time of year, when you can enjoy specials on wines by the glass for just $5 each for wine club members and $7 for non-members.

    No reservations required! Drop in solo or bring your friends, your family, and your competitive spirit anytime between 11am and 5pm.

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    Don't forget to join us for Sip & Paint, April 24th, 12pm – 3pm.

    We have extremely limited spots available for this event; for reservations, reach out to mmartin@shannonridge.com.

    13888 Point Lakeview Road Lower Lake, California
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