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. The 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. The cooling influence of the nearby San Francisco Bay along with the vineyard’s deep, sandy soils produce elegant wines with excellent natural acidity.


Contra Costa County

Grape Varieties

Zinfandel, carignane, and mataro

Age of Vines

Planted in the 1890s


Alluvial Sand

Training & Yields

Head trained (no trellis), spur pruned. 1-1.5 tons per acre.

To learn more about Ridge Evangelho, read our post: Evangelho Vineyard: Ancient Vines Endure Against All Odds