San Francisco Doctor Osea Perrone buys 180 acres on Monte Bello Ridge.
Dr. Perrone plants vineyards and begins construction on the stone and redwood Monte Bello Winery.
Construction completed on the Montebello Winery and the first wine under the Monte Bello label is produced.
The original vineyards are abandoned due to the enactment of prohibition in the United States.
William Short who owns abandoned vineyard land adjacent to the Perrone property replants Cabernet Sauvignon and plants Chardonnay for the first time on Monte Bello.
Four scientists, Dave Bennion, Hew Crane, Charlie Rosen, and Howard Ziedler, from Stanford University's Research Institute (SRI) purchase the property from Mr. Short and make a small amount of wine from the ten year old Cabernet vines in the small winery on the property.
The new owners form a partnership that becomes Ridge Vineyards. They re-bond the winery to again produce wine for commercial sale. First official vintage of Monte Bello.
First vintage of Geyserville.
Ridge purchases the old Monte Bello winery and a small part of the Perrone vineyard property.
Paul Draper joins Ridge Vineyards as winemaker.
First vintage of Lytton Springs.
Ridge comes in fifth among ten French and California wines, at the Paris Tasting, which later becomes known as the Judgment of Paris.
Ridge Vineyards is purchased by Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.
Paul Draper appointed as Chairman and then as Chief Executive Officer. Ridge buys replanted portions of the Perrone property.
David Gates, Vice President of Vineyard Operations, joins Ridge.
Ridge buys the Lytton Springs Winery and the old vineyards surrounding the winery in Sonoma County.
Eric Baugher, Winemaker at Monte Bello, joins Ridge.
Ridge buys the large western portion of the original estate of Captain Litton in Dry Creek Valley.
John Olney, Winemaker at Lytton Springs, joins Ridge
Paul Draper is named "Man of the Year" by Decanter magazine and receives the "Distinguished Service Award" from Wine Spectator magazine.
Paul Draper receives the first "COPIA Award" for winemaking.
Ridge completes construction of a new winery at Lytton Springs with a focus on the production of Zinfandel.
Paul Draper receives the "Lifetime Achievement Award" from the German wine magazine, Wein Gourmet.
The 1971 and 2000 Monte Bello cabernets win first place in both the original vintage wine and new vintage wine categories at the "Judgment of Paris 30th Anniversary Wine Tasting" in London and California.
Paul Draper is given The James Beard Award for winemaking.
Monte Bello is served at the welcome dinner of the 34th G8 Summit in Japan.
Mark Vernon, who joined Ridge in 1998 as General Manager, is appointed President of Ridge Vineyards.
Ridge celebrates 50 years as a bonded winery.
Geyserville is selected to be poured at a dinner hosted by U.S. President Barack Obama for Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Paul Draper named one of the world’s 5 most admired winemakers in a poll of his peers by Decanter Magazine.
Ridge completes land exchange with the mid-peninsula open space district granting rights to forty-two acres of former Monte Bello vineyard land which we will replant in the coming years.
Ridge buys the 36 acre Whitten Ranch, the heart of the Geyserville vineyard.
Paul Draper retires as CEO & Winemaker, stays on as Chairman of the Board
Mark Vernon is appointed CEO as part of a carefully thought through succession plan, in consultation with Paul Draper, to ensure the continued long-term success of the company
East Bench is selected to be poured at the White House for the final State Dinner of the Obama Administration