Mindego Ridge is a 10-acre family owned, family farmed Vineyard perched on the shale-laced mountain slope that is its namesake. We are humbled and blessed to have made this beautiful mountain side our home and our mission is to craft artisan quality small lots of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay that express the character of this unique place.
Northern Santa Cruz Mountains Vineyards & Wineries
The Santa Cruz Mountains has played a pivotal role in the history of winemaking in California, with roots going back over 100 years, and including legendary winemakers such as Paul Masson, Martin Ray, David Bennion (Ridge), and David Bruce. During California’s vinous renaissance of the 1970s, it was arguably the first region to produce Pinot Noir and Chardonnay with a flavor, character and textural profile reminiscent of Burgundy. The region gained international recognition in the 1976 Judgement of Paris with the 1973 David Bruce Winery Chardonnay placing 10th in the white wine tasting and the 1971 Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello Cabernet Sauvignon placing 5th in the red wine tasting. Recognized as an AVA in 1981, the Santa Cruz Mountains Appellation was among the first to be defined by its mountain topography. Santa Cruz Mountain Pinot Noir is quite rare with approximately 600 acres planted in the entire appellation.
Santa Cruz Mountains American Viticultural Area (AVA)
Altitude and marine influence defines much of our cool climate since the site is bordered by two bodies of water – the Pacific Ocean on the west (8mi) and the San Francisco Bay on the east. In this unique climatic zone, California’s late season heat spikes are moderated, producing intense wines with extraordinary balance and intense concentration. 2200-2400 GrowingDegree Days.
Exposure and Slope - South facing slope ~20-35% Geology - Purisima Formation ranging in age from the latest Miocene (about 7 million years ago) to the late Pliocene (about 3 million years ago) Soils - Fractured Shale Subsoil covered with 10” to 18” of silty clay loam Elevation - 675 ft to 935 ft
Mindego Ridge Micro-Climate
Mindego Ridge Vineyard Block Map
Mindego Ridge Vineyard Blocks 4, 5, 6, & 7
Mindego Ridge Vineyard
Phone: (650) 749-0059
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