Santa Cruz Mountains
These eighty-year-old vines produced a scant three quarters of a ton per acre up to 1971 and gave us several very rich wines. Proper care increased the yields and the subsequent wines were less intense. The 1980 vintage with its very low yield and very ripe grapes is a return to the past. This full, rich wine should be in its prime with three or four years of bottle age.
Begun in 1959, Ridge was one of the first of today’s chateau-size California wineries, that is, those that limit production in order to attempt the highest quality. All our wines are aged in small oak cooperage with the majority receiving no cellar treatment other than racking. Located above 2300 feet on Monte Bello Ridge in the Santa Cruz Mountains, we overlook San Francisco Bay.