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Grazing ranch suitable for development to a premium estate vineyard and winery or equestrian center.
Grazing Ranch and Homestead.
Twin Hill Apple Ranch has operated as an apple production facility and community hospitality center for 70 years. It was sold in January 2014 and will operate as Twin Hill Vineyard LLC. The new owners are involved in food processing equipment and sales, and were looking for a unique site suitable for building a winery and farming Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
The property is 21 acres, with 5 acres of vineyard and 7 acres of apple and citrus orchards. The new owners' plans are to convert 3 acres of apples to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay and farm the vineyard and orchards organically. Much renovation will be done to the property's multiple residences, as well as re-purposing the historic apple production facility for winemaking.
The project will be managed by Sebastopol resident and UC Davis Viticulture and Enology Masters alumnus -- and property co-owner--Max Reichwage.
Historic Apple Ranch and Vineyard.
The Weeks Vineyard is planted to 12 acres of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, in the hilly western portion of the Green Valley of Russian River Valley AVA. This mostly southeast-facing ridge-line property is set on Goldridge sandy loam soils at an elevation of 650 feet.
Far Niente Vineyards purchased it in November of 2013, adding to its portfolio of Green Valley and Russian River Valley vineyards to support its family of premium labels including, Far Niente, Nickel & Nickel, Dolce and its newest program, EnRoute Pinot Noir.
Premium Pinot Noir and Chardonnay Vineyard.
Driving west at 1000 feet elevation on Coleman Valley Road west of Occidental, one can't miss the large ridge top pasture fronting the road with grand views over the Russian River Valley to Mt. St. Helena. The property is arguably the best and last great expansive parcel along the ridge tops of Freestone-Occidental -- and ideal locale of growing the finest Pinot Noir.
Pearl Morissette Wines recognized this, and purchased the property in July 2013 to make it the latest addition to their portfolio of Sonoma Coast vineyard sites focusing on world-class Pinot Noir. Winemaker Francois Morissette visualizes planting multiple small vineyard blocks, each with their own unique charecter given the multiple orientations and topography among the sprawling 81-acre ridge top.
Grazing ranch with premium Pinot Noir potential.
In 2011, Ehren Jordan, proprietor and winemaker of Failla Wines, had the task of expanding production of his premium Pinot Noir and Chardonnay brand by several thousand cases. Months before the looming grape shortage was widely recognized and while many were still grappling with sluggish wine sales, Ehren was working in earnest to locate and acquire premium vineyards to secure his grape sources to support Failla’s growth plans.
The 15 acre Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vineyard is located on one of the Russian River Valley AVA’s most storied lanes: Olivet Road. Failla, known for its premium Pinot Noirs from the Sonoma Coast, has big plans for this vineyard for its Russian River Valley wine programs.
When Chad and Shawna Richard were looking for a wine country home to spend their weekends, they also had interest in a small vineyard that would be the beginning of the expansion of the Furthermore Wines brand—a boutique producer of ultra-premium, vineyard designate, Pinot Noirs, operated by Chad and business partner Bob Zeches.
This Willow Creek Rd home with small vineyard northwest of Occidental on the true Sonoma Coast was a great match. The two-acre Pinot Noir vineyard was being farmed by renowned west county vineyard manager Scott Zeller, with grapes going into a vineyard-designate program at Thomas Brown’s Rivers-Marie label. Renamed “Nevina’s Vineyard” after the Richards’ young daughter, the vineyard is the first estate vineyard for Furthermore Wines. We look forward to tasting Furthermore’s first vintage from the 2011 harvest.
Ultra premium boutique Pinot Noir Vineyard and Estate.
This property sits on an elevated bench in the Russian River Valley AVA’s Green Valley. Price Family Vineyards of Sonoma swiftly moved in when we listed this rarely-available 23 acre parcel in early 2011. Partially planted to apple orchard, the property has ideal soils and topography for growing premium Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Price is in the process of developing the property, with first vines in the ground in early 2012. Price Family Vineyard wines can be found under the Three Sticks label.
Premium benchland orchard, subsequently planted to Pinot Noir vineyard.
Felton Acres is a pasture and forage based multi-species farm located in south Sebastopol. Their farming philosiphy is one of dynamic foraging: they move their animals frequently to new pastures so the forage component of their diet is frequently refreshed and always changing.
In 2010 they purchased a 23 acre farm to accomadate their growing livestock operation. In the summer of 2013, they acquired an adjacent 23 acres, a former horse facility with multiple barns and structures, slated to become the hub of their farming operations. Felton Acres' chickens, eggs and various meats can be found in many of West County's quality grocers and farmer's markets.
Diversified Organic Farm.
January, 2011 & July, 2013
As François Morissette and his long-time soils scientist Jacques stood 5 feet deep in the first soil pit dug on this Taylor Lane parcel west of Occidental, François stated flatly: “This is the most pristine and undisturbed ground that I have ever seen”. Jacques, who has worked side by side with François since their work in Burgundy over a decade ago, added: “If you can’t get ‘terroir’ here—you can’t get it anywhere.”
This property was essentially the last remaining developable parcel on Freestone-Occidental’s famed Taylor Lane. The parcel has since been fully-planted in 2011 to 5.5 acres of vines. Taylor Lane was made famous by its earliest plantings at the Summa Vineyard in the late 1970’s, gaining notoriety from early 1990’s releases by Williams Selyem. François and business partner Mel Pearl, and their Pearl Morissette label, expect their first vintage of premium Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from the 2015 harvest.
Native grassland subsequently planted to Pinot Noir.
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