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We are Outstanding in our Field!

Planted in 1999, Ridley Vineyards has developed into a successful operation that produces the highest quality fruit possible through careful nurturing and maintenance.  Every step of the process is meticulously handled, from the tilling of the land, irrigation techniques, frost protection and hiring competent and consistent labor crews.  Pruning, leaf thinning, and creating a sustainable environment is imperative for producing the finest Pinot Noir and Chardonnay crops for the best, award-winning wines.

Pinot Noir

 

 

 

The 3.5 acres of Pinot Noir grapes grow in a soil consisting of loam with river rock and shale providing good drainage yet retains enough moisture to minimize the need for summer irrigation. There are approximately 3,500 vines, spaced 5'x8' and trellising VSP. The pruning method is Cordon/Spur, 2 buds/spur in March to reduce the risk of frost damage.  Typical bloom is late May, veraison generally occurs in late July, and harvest generally begins during the second or third week of September.  Clone is Dijon 777 and the rootstock is 3309.

 

Chardonnay

 

 

 

The half acre of Chardonnay grapes basks in summer temperatures as high as the 90's with afternoon ocean breezes, and the occasional foggy morning due to the nightly low's in the 40's and 50's.  This creates a perfect sugar/acid balance, producing the finest quality grapes on this sustainable, fish-friendly farm.  Vines are trained to 2 clusters/shoot, leaf thinned for a "dappled" light effect on fruit until harvest, when the leaves are stripped.  Clone is Dijon 96 and the rootstock is 3309.

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