The Dos Rios appellation is the brainchild of Ralph Carter, a dedicated and passionate terroir advocate, who also penned the petition for the equally secluded Covelo AVA. A study of his work Carter’s work reveals that the climate and soil conditions of Dos Rios are remarkably different from other Mendocino County growing areas. Soils here are very rocky, slopes are steep and the climate is a unique combination of maritime and continental.
Dos Rios is a lively community, located in the remote wilderness of northern Mendocino County. The area, located at the confluence of the Eel River and Middle Fork of the Eel River, is renowned for its white water rafting. The lone winery in the AVA, Vin de Tevis, has six acres under vine, almost exclusively planted to red varietals such as Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Zinfandel.