From Harvest to Glass: Making Chardonnay Wine

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This two-part video series will teach you everything you need to know about Chardonnay wines from the Monte Bello Estate. You’ll learn what makes our location ideally suited for growing exceptional chardonnay grapes, how we harvest and process the fruit on the mountain, and what makes our pre-industrial winemaking process unique from other California wineries.

Why Monte Bello is ideally situated for growing chardonnay

David Gates, Sr VP of Vineyard Operations, and John Olney, Head Winemaker and COO, discuss the unique characteristics of chardonnay grown on the Monte Bello estate in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

Using natural methods to deliver exceptional wines

Trester Goetting, Monte Bello Winemaker, walks through the process of making our Chardonnay wines. He discusses the hallmarks of the pre-industrial methods Ridge has been using since its start in 1962.

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