“…the Evangelho Vineyard is one of California’s most precious viticultural treasures, both a preserved expression of this area’s history and a source of some of the state’s most soulful, distinctive wines.“— Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle
A truly unorthodox site, the Evangelho Vineyard is located 50 miles east of San Francisco in Contra Costa County and is planted on an ancient alluvial sand bar at the confluence of the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers. Planted in the 1890s, the vineyard’s 130-year-old vines have survived the test of time. Evangelho is dry-farmed with roots that bury themselves 40 feet underground in search of water and nutrients, producing some of California’s most unique and expressive wines. The cooling influence of the nearby San Francisco Bay along with the vineyard’s deep, sandy soils produce elegant wines with excellent natural acidity.
Ridge produced its first wine from the Evangelho Vineyard in 1990 and went on to produce small bottlings of mataro and zinfandel from this distinctive 1890s-era vineyard for the next three years. After a 25-year hiatus working with this special site, we were offered the grapes again for the first time in 2018 and were delighted to have the chance to make this wine again.
“Ruby red in color with aromatics of Bing cherry, dusty strawberries, cinnamon, vanilla bean, and brown spices. A medium-light body leads to flavors of red plum, rhubarb, and cranberries. Herbal and earthy undertones and rustic tannins coat the entire palate, creating a long and satisfying finish.” -Winemaker Trester Goetting
The theme for Jancis Robinson’s Annual Writing Competition in 2021 was “old vines and old vineyards.” Chris Howard’s piece, “Evangelho – The Vineyard at the End of the World,” on the fascinating history of the Evangelho Vineyard stole the show and won the competition among 136 entries spanning vineyards from around the world.
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