Vineyards

Footprints in our Estate Vineyards

Paradise Ridge lies on the eastern boundary of the Russian River Valley Viticultural Area. Of the 156 acres, only 15 have been planted to vines. Two hundred year old oak trees reign supreme, and vineyards are planted along the contours of the property with consideration for native landscape and wildlife corridors. Mountain lions, coyotes, deer, raccoon, hares, and wild turkeys have traversed these acres long before our family became stewards of this land.

Soils are complex including Goldridge, Black Clay, and soils with remnants of streambeds. The most notable are soils with layers of tuffs impacted with volcanic ash from more than 2 million years ago. Hillside vines with an elevation of 600’ benefit from these well-drained soils and from the cooling influence and inversion layers from the Pacific Ocean and San Pablo Bay. A blanket of fog rolls in each morning bringing in cool air that encourages grapes to ripen slowly.

The diversity of soils and microclimates sustain the estate grown Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah, and Zinfandel. These vines produce between 2.5 and 4 tons per acre of fruit that is diligently cultivated throughout the growing season.

As our Byck family moves into the 3rd generation farming grapes in Sonoma County, organic viticultural practices prevail. Natural grasses and nitrogen fixing crops such as barley, beans, sweet peas, and legumes provide what is needed for soil and vine health. When tilled back into the soil, the immune system of the vines is boosted ensuring vibrant growth from vintage to vintage.

At Paradise Ridge, our skilled and tireless vineyard team cultivates the soils with consideration for climate, balancing each individual vine to ensure that the grapes ripen evenly. The resulting fruit reflects the terroir and creates wines with more varietal character..

Paradise Ridge Winery Estate Vineyards

Hoenselaars Vineyard – Russian River Valley, Sonoma County

Grape Varieties: Syrah, Grenache, Petit Syrah, Zinfandel
Planted: 4.5 acres were planted in 2001 and 2003
Pruning: Cordon pruned on a Vertical Shoot Positioned trellis system
Root Stock: 110R

All of our Estate Vineyards are organically farmed, and influenced by the philosophy of being the best stewards of the land we can possibly be.

Named after the founder and matriarch of Paradise Ridge Winery ‘ Marijke Hoenselaars,’ this extraordinary vineyard is planted in the rockiest, sparsest volcanic soil on the Estate property; and sits on a westerly facing slope at 600 feet above sea level in a hanging valley on the eastern fringes of the Russian River Valley. This site is heavily influenced by both the cooling onshore winds from the Pacific Ocean and the early morning fog pattern driven from the south through the Petaluma Gap, but sits above the ‘fog line’ in glorious sunshine, whilst maintaining that essential cool air temperature which preserves both the high level of natural acidity, and more of the delicate fruit character in these varietals.

Each and every vine is individually managed with the mind to growing the wine in the vineyard. Careful control of cropping and meticulous canopy management with shade as the focus, allow us to fully express this vineyard with wines that show both power and delicacy at the same time.

Walter’s Vineyard – Russian River Valley, Sonoma County

Grape Variety: Pinot Noir
Planted: 5.4 acres were planted in 2007
Pruning: Cane pruned on a Vertical Shoot Positioned trellis system
Root Stock: 101-14

This vineyard is named after Walter Byck, the founder and patriarch of Paradise Ridge Winery. These Pinot Noir vines are grown in both alluvial and volcanic well-drained soils at 600 feet above sea level on the eastern fringes of the Russian River Valley.
This site is heavily influenced by both the cooling onshore winds from the Pacific Ocean and the early morning fog pattern driven from the south through the Petaluma Gap.

There are 2 clones planted – the 777, which brings more of a mineral, red fruit character to the wine, and the Pommard clone which expresses itself with more perfume and lush summer fruits.

Each and every vine is individually managed with the mind to grow the wine in the vineyard; careful control of cropping and meticulous canopy management allow us to fully express this delicate varietal with both site and vintage in mind.

Grandview Vineyard – Russian River Valley, Sonoma County

Grape Varieties: Sauvignon Blanc
Planted: 4.8 acres were planted in 2001 and 2003.
Pruning: Cane Pruned on a ‘custom’ split quad vertical shoot trellis system.
Clones: ‘Wente’ 01 from Sauternes, France, 6 from Conegliano, Italy and Sauvignon Musque from Bordeaux, France.

All of our Estate Vineyards are organically farmed, and influenced by the philosophy of being the best stewards of the land we can possibly be. Our Estate Sauvignon is grown in a hanging valley sitting 600 feet above sea level on the eastern fringes of the Russian River Valley. The soils are well-drained and diverse, ranging from the alluvial and sandy ‘Gold Ridge’ to a sparse and rock filled volcanic soil. This site is heavily influenced by both the cooling onshore winds from the Pacific Ocean and the early morning fog pattern driven through the Petaluma Gap.

All of the vines are meticulously managed, with the mind to grow the wine in the vineyard; where careful canopy management allows us to express the full spectrum of characters from this chameleon like varietal.

Nagasawa Vineyard – Russian River Valley, Sonoma County

Grape Variety: Chardonnay
Planted: 1.5 acres were planted in 2003
Pruning: Cordon pruned on a Vertical Shoot Positioned trellis system
Clones: Wente Clone
Root Stock: 110R

All of our Estate Vineyards are organically farmed, and influenced by the philosophy of being the best stewards of the land we can possibly be. This small block of Chardonnay is grown in a combination of alluvial and volcanic well-drained soils at 600 feet above sea level in a hanging valley on the eastern fringes of the Russian River Valley. This site is heavily influenced by both the cooling onshore winds from the Pacific Ocean and the early morning fog pattern driven from the south through the Petaluma Gap.

The Wente Clone is unique because of its particular character to produce bunches of varying sizes, and within those bunches, berries of differing dimensions ranging from marbles to bb’s, and affectionately known as ‘chicks and hens;’ and with each new vintage this whole pattern will vary. Each and every vine is individually managed with the mind to grow the wine in the vineyard; careful control of cropping and meticulous canopy management with shade as the focus allow us to fully express this depthful and intriguing varietal with both site and vintage in mind.

Vineyards our winemaker couldn’t resist …

Bazzano Vineyard – Russian River Valley, Sonoma County

Grape Variety: Chardonnay
Planted: Planted in 1996
Pruning: Cordon pruned on a Quadrilateral Vertical Shoot Positioned trellis system
Clones: Clone 4, also known as one of the ‘Martini’ clones
Root Stock: 5C

The Bazzano Vineyard is located on the Santa Rosa plain in the heart of the Russian River Valley. This site is heavily influenced by the cooling winds from the Pacific Ocean, but more specifically by the early morning fog pattern which is driven from the south and can often remain until the late morning; especially during the critical ripening months of late summer. It is this influence that maintains the crisp level of acidity in the fruit, an essential component for this varietal.

The Martini Clone is known for producing robust crops, that when associated with the ‘Dry Farming’ practices and the deep alluvial soil of this site, will allow us to create a unique balance in the vineyard and achieve some exceptional long ‘hang time,’ which in turn is associated with complexity and depth of fruit in the finished wine.

Rockpile Vineyard – Rockpile, Sonoma County

Grape Varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot
Planted: Planted from 1992 through 1998
Pruning: Cordon pruned on a Vertical Shoot Positioned trellis system
Clones: Clone 4, also known as one of the ‘Martini’ clones
Root Stock: 101-15

This was one of the first vineyards planted in the highly esteemed Rockpile Viticulture Area, and was considered to be a pioneering feat at that time. It is also the highest elevation vineyard in the viticultural area by several hundred feet, with the highest vines sitting at exactly 2000 feet above sea level; putting the Rockpile Vineyard high above the fog layer in the valleys, and allowing the vines to receive full sunlight throughout the day.

The vines are constantly cooled by onshore breezes from its close proximity to the Pacific Ocean, just 12 miles away, which creates a drying effect that in conjunction with the sparse and shallow soils leads to an extreme environment for growing vines that in turn produce loose clusters with small thick skinned berries, an ideal scenario for making great Bordeaux varietals.

Branham Vineyard – Rockpile, Sonoma County

Grape Varieties: Zinfandel, Petit Sirah, Syrah, Grenache, Mouvedre, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec
Planted: Planted from 1992 through 2012
Pruning: Cordon pruned on a Vertical Shoot Positioned trellis system
Planted on St. George Root Stock and 101-15

This vineyard was the first planted in the highly esteemed Rockpile Viticulture Area, and lies at its remote northern tip of the AVA. Several blocks sit between 1200 and 1400 feet above sea level setting them well above the fog layer in the valleys, where the sun can embrace the vines from dawn to dusk.

At this elevation, the vines are gently cooled by onshore breezes from the Pacific Ocean which creates a dry environment, that in conjunction with the sparse and lean rocky soils lead to an extreme environment for growing vines; where the bunches are loosely set and the berries small and thick-skined; such a winemakers dream for making Zinfandels, Bordeaux varietals and Rhone Blends with both power and distinction.