At the heart of the appellation stands the 2,677 ft. high volcanic peak of Mount Veeder - named for a 19th century Presbyterian pastor who enjoyed hiking in the area. Over 90 percent of the appellation remains relatively wild, wooded with oak, madrone, laurel, fir and redwood and inhabited by mountain lions, coyotes and pileated woodpeckers.
Precipation averages between 35 - 50 inches per year. Several special climatic conditions provide vines with a long, cool, even ripening period. Elevation places Mount Veeder above the morning fog bank, bathing vineyards in gentle sunshine. The mountain slopes protect vineyards from afternoon heat, and evening brings on a temperature inversion - making Mount Veeder nights warmer than those in the valley and limiting spring frost.