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Ridge Vineyards

California, the most populous state of the United States, located on the Pacific coast of North America is bordered by Oregon, Nevada, Arizona and Mexico. The four largest cities are Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose and San Francisco. California is also the home of and wine producing regions such as Santa Barbara and Northern California's Wine Country.
The history of Ridge Vineyards begins in 1885, when Osea Perrone, a doctor who became a famous member of San Francisco's Italian community, bought 180 acres near the top of Monte Bello Ridge. He terraced the slopes and planted vineyards by means of native limestone and constructed the Monte Bello Winery, producing the first vintage under that name in 1892. This unique cellar, built into the mountainside on three levels, is Ridge's production facility.

During the seventies, they worked with the Schwabacher family to replant the nineteenth-century cabernet vineyards on their land further down the mountain, and in 1978 these young plantings produced the first Jimsomare Cabernet. In 1996, Ridge took over the Jimsomare vines, integrating them with Monte Bello as the lower vineyard. They select grapes from the more than thirty separate parcels on the lower, middle and upper to make their Monte Bello, Santa Cruz Mountains and Home Ranch wines.

These vines have now produced over forty vintages of Ridge Monte Bello, whose capability to build up complexity with age is unmatched in California, and recognized globally. In Bordeaux, in Burgundy, or in California, most fine producers use the identical techniques as others in their region. Ridge's Vineyards include Monte Bello, Lytton Springs, Geyserville, Pagani Ranch, Paso Robles, York Creek and Santa Cruz Mountains.

The events carried out in this winery include a wine and food affair at Lytton Springs, members only after hours, thanksgiving weekend tasting room hours, winter wine series at Monte Bello and Lytton Springs and winter wineland at Lytton Springs.

The goal of Ridge Vineyards is to create wines of uncompromising quality with optimum flavor and aromatic components that reflect the unique characteristics of the vineyards from which they come.

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