In Mendocino County, located west of Ukiah on Highway 128, NW of Cloverdale. Area Pacific Ocean beaches are nearby. Philo was named after a cousin of landowner Cornelius Prather. The community is nestled in the Anderson Valley, in the Coast mountain range.
Aside from coastal tourism, Anderson Valley is known for its wineries. Pinot Noir is the favored grape in the region. The planted acreage in Anderson Valley consists primarily of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Gewürztraminer. There are also small plantings of other varietals such as Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, White Riesling, Muscat, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel and Merlot.An annual festival, the Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Festival is held every May.