August Ridge released their first vintage in the summer of 2007. The release included 2005 Sangiovese, 2005 Merlot and 2006 Vino Bianco de Pasto (Arneis/Sauvignon Blanc blend). Our most current releases are our 2010 Primitivo, 2010 Pinot Grigio, 2009 Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, and 2009 Estate Reserve Merlot. Next up to be bottled will be the 2011 Pinot Grigio and a MERLOT PORT!!!
Estate wines provide the winemaker with control from the vineyard to the bottle so they are the key to achieving the August Ridge goals of power and finesse. August Ridge has vineyards of Sangiovese, Nebbiolo, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. These wines are crafted by hand using small open top fermenters, a mixture of new French and neutral oak barrels and a minimum of handling or disruption. Each wine is deliberately hand-made in small lots to bring out the uniqueness of the vineyard microclimates and diverse soil structures. As romantic (and labor intensive) as this may seem, John also maintains a full laboratory to take advantage of the latest developments in enology to ensure that August Ridge wines achieve quality by design not by accident.
The winery itself is a small, unassuming building that sits adjacent to the family home. Its functional simplicity matches the surrounding farm and is an appropriate setting to produce the robust and elegant wines that express the August Ridge terroir. Inside, the tasting area is just a small bar tucked away in one corner of the working winery and affords the visitor a clear perspective of the winemaking in progress. The farm and winery are such a natural extension of the family that daughter Isabella or winery dog, Lucy, are as likely to greet guests as are John and Jill.
Production at the August Ridge winery is small. The first release was less than 250 cases! Current production is approximately 1900 cases. Given the small production size and planned slow growth only the Wine Club members will be assured of access to all of the wines – particularly the reserve blends. Subscription is already filling fast and the club size will be limited to ensure wine availability.
August Ridge Vineyards
8790 E. Highway 41
Creston, CA 92432