Vineyards and Oenology

2015 Harvest Report

2015 Vintage – Monte Bello Winery The vines enjoyed a growing season gentler than the prior three. Although short on rainfall—and a continuation into the fourth year of drought—there was some rain in late spring. Cover crops, crucial for providing… Read More ›

An Agreement Worth the Wait

Early this year, Ridge completed a land exchange with the Mid-Peninsula Regional Open Space District—an arrangement first proposed by the District some forty years ago. The complex agreement grants Ridge agricultural rights, in perpetuity, to forty-two acres of former Monte… Read More ›

A Farmer and His Dirt

The farmer wakes up by 4:30am, before the sun has creeped above the horizon and the birds are just beginning their morning reverie. He is efficient and knows his routine, indulging in a cappuccino and kissing his beautiful wife before… Read More ›

A Sense of Place

To make the finest wines, you must start with great vineyards. We were blessed with the 130-year-old Monte Bello vineyard (abandoned after Prohibition), and the cabernet blocks that were replanted in the late 1940s. These vines produced our Monte Bello… Read More ›