Recently, Wine Searcher completed its first ever review of Sonoma in their series of the world’s most wanted wines. Two of our wines, Lytton Springs and Geyserville, appeared in the top 10 most searched wines in the region. Though Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are among the varietals for which Sonoma is most famous, this latest review suggests that most people are searching for other varietals, including zinfandel.
Ridge Vineyards has been producing wines from Sonoma County since 1966, with the first vintage of Geyserville. Lytton Springs became part of the Ridge estate in 1991. Since the beginning, our pre-industrial approach to winemaking has been simple: find intense, flavorful grapes; intrude upon the process only when necessary; draw the fruit’s distinctive character and richness into the wine. Starting in 2008, we began the transition to farming our estate vineyards organically in order to bring our vineyard management techniques in line with our traditional winemaking practices, which employ only the non-invasive treatments used in fine winemaking prior to Prohibition. Together, these techniques make up our farming philosophy. Today, we are the largest grower of organically certified grapes in Sonoma County and in the Santa Cruz Mountains appellation.