At the town of Albion, Highway 128 leads southeast into the Anderson Valley, Mendocino's primary wine-growing region. Most of the first 13 miles wind through redwood forest along the Navarro River, then the road opens up to reveal farms and vineyards. In the towns of Philo, Boonville, and Yorkville you'll find eclectic bed-and-breakfasts, small eateries, and dozens of wineries.
Tasting rooms here are more low-key than their counterparts in Napa, but the wineries here produce world-class wines, particularly Pinot Noirs and Gewürztraminers, whose grapes thrive in the moderate coastal climate. Many wineries straddle Highway 128, mostly in Navarro and Philo with a few east of Boonville, where the Anderson Valley Brewing Company has been producing quality ales for more than three decades.