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 in the world,” 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.