North Yuba is one of California's most obscure AVA. Frenchtown is located on a steeply-sloped, rocky, and remote mountain terrain, with vineyards at altitudes ranging from 1600-2300 ft. They experience warm days that bake the granite slopes and cold, windy nights that create powerful, tannic, acid-driven wines.
North Yuba is comprised of the communities of Frenchtown, Oregon House, and Dobbins, located about one and a half hours northeast of Sacramento. It is a wild, untamed land, inhabited by humans and our livestock, as well as deer, rabbits, mountain lions, bears, coyotes, and rattlesnakes and a multitude of other creatures. Although the terroir makes farming a challenge, the community produces wine, olive oil, meat, and veggies.
From the Winemakers
Aaron and Cara Mockrish
We are Aaron and Cara Mockrish. We live, farm, and grow wines in Oregon House, California, nestled in the North Yuba AVA of the Sierra Foothills.
Our farming is influenced by our own observations and hard lessons throughout each season. We currently live and make our wines adjacent to the vineyards and are able to walk to work, where we are helped by our dogs, sheep, chickens, and cats.Winemakers