Ridge produces fine wines from vineyards pioneered by the Hawley family in the
Mayacamas mountains of Napa County, California. We also write poetry, surf, and
practice sustainable agriculture.
Random Ridge Vineyard. On the edge of an ancient caldera on the western border
of the Mount Veeder District, Random Ridge is a 47-acre ranch that straddles the
Napa and Sonoma county line at an elevation of 2300 feet. Bill Hawley and his
family built their home with recycled materials in 1980 and planted the first
vines in the spring of 1982. The vineyard is currently 10 acres densely planted
with a simple vertical trellis system. The soil is decomposed volcanics, tuff,
and solid rock.
Sonoma County Vineyards.
We share-crop select vineyards in the Sonoma Valley, including the 100 year old
vines from the Santinamaria Vineyard in an ancient riverbed, which are head trained
and dry farmed.
Who buys our grapes? Although most of the Random Ridge vineyard grapes
are used for making our own wines, we also sell grapes to Wellington Vineyard,
which it uses to produce a Random Ridge Vineyard designate Cabernet Sauvignon
and a Casa Santinamaria Sonoma Valley Zinfandel. Peter and John Wellington are
old friends and collaborators of ours whose excellent wines consistently rate
very highly in wine competitions and reviews.
Random Ridge produces wines in very limited quantities from vines meticulously
maintained to reflect the essence of the soils in which they grow.
We are farmers first but will surf anytime anywhere. Our dedication in the vineyards
naturally segues into traditional winemaking practices in the cellar.
We strive to enable the fruit to develop its inherent Buddha nature to become
wine of complexity harmony & passion.
Random Ridge / Mt. Veeder district / Napa Valley, California / USA / North
America / Earth