Given that zinfandel is known as the “California Grape,” it may come as a surprise that zinfandel originated in Croatia around one thousand years ago.
Ridge has long been dedicated to the research of the zinfandel grape. We celebrate the distinctive qualities of our Geyserville and Lytton Springs wines and believe the key to producing high-quality zinfandel is finding those unique vineyards where zinfandel thrives.
As a result, Ridge tops the list in Sonoma Magazines’ “15 Wineries to Visit if You Love Zinfandel.”
“One of the pioneers of California zinfandel, Ridge Vineyards first planted the grape in Sonoma County in 1892. Today, the winery continues to produce some of the finest zinfandels in the world from its historic Lytton Springs and Monte Bello vineyards. The winery has successfully grown three zinfandel clones, discovered in Croatia’s Dalmatia region, that were key to pinpointing the origin of the grape variety.”