The history of Ridge Vineyards begins in 1885, when Osea Perrone bought 180 acres near the top of Monte Bello Ridge. He terraced the slopes and planted vineyards; using native limestone, he constructed the Monte Bello Winery, producing the first vintage under that name in 1892. The rugged terroir in the mountains can be extremely trying, but those who persevere are rewarded with some of California's most celebrated wines. Winemaker Paul Draper and team, one of our Wine Director Tom's favourite Californian producers, are getting it just right. 184 acres of vineyard at Monte Bello, Lytton Springs, Geyserville, and East Bench are certified organic.