Wines Cabernet Franc
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.
The Cabernet Franc Grape
Cabernet Franc is a bit of a heavyweight in the wine world: a global black grape variety, principally grown for blending in the Bordeaux style, a single varietal particularly in the Loire, France, and it is a parent of Cabernet Sauvignon. Ripening a little earlier than its offspring, Cabernet Franc is often planted as an insurance in case Cabernet Sauvignon doesn’t fully ripen. It is in the world’s Top 20 of grape varieties planted. Found in the USA, Canada (where it is getting a reputation as a great Ice Wine), China, Kazakhstan, the Southern Hemisphere New World and of course Europe.