Ukiah, California is a vibrant little city that serves as a hub for eastern Mendocino County. The Ukiah area is at the headwaters of the Russian River. Its rich bottomland supports many small, mostly organic farms that grow fruits and vegetables which you're likely to find on your table at local eateries like Saucy and Patrona.
Ukiah is located within Rancho Yokaya, one of several Spanish colonial land grants in the region. The Yokaya grant, which covered the majority of the Ukiah valley, was named after the Pomo word meaning “deep valley”. The town was initially reachable only by stagecoach, but today it's just a two hour drive north from San Francisco on Highway 101.
The Ukiah area is home to several well-known wineries, including Barra, Testa, Brutocao, Frey, and Mendocino County's oldest continuously operating winery, Parducci. Ukiah vintners are known for innovating with organic and sustainable practices. The Ukiah Valley is also home to the Mendocino Brewing Company, established in Hopland in 1983 as the first California brewpub following the repeal of Prohibition. Mendocino Brewing Company relocated their brewery to a state-of-the-art facility in Ukiah in 1996.
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