Ridge Vineyards

Main

Dr. Osea Perrone buys 180 acres on Monte Bello Ridge

1885

Vineyard planting begins

1886

Dr. Perrone plants vineyards and begins construction on the stone and redwood Monte Bello Winery.

First wine bottled under Monte Bello label

1892

Construction completed on the Montebello Winery and the first wine under the Monte Bello label is produced.

Prohibition - vineyards abandoned

1920

The original vineyards are abandoned due to the enactment of prohibition in the United States.

Replanting begins at Monte Bello

1949

William Short who owns abandoned vineyard land adjacent to the Perrone property replants Cabernet Sauvignon and plants Chardonnay for the first time on Monte Bello.

Ridge founders purchase property

1959

Three scientists from Stanford University's Research Institute (SRI) purchase the property from Mr. Short and make a small amount of wine from the ten year old Cabernet vines in the small winery on the property.

Ridge Vineyards bonded - winery # 4488

1962

The new owners form a partnership that becomes Ridge Vineyards. They re-bond the winery to again produce wine for commercial sale.

First vintage of Geyserville

1966

Ridge purchases Monte Bello winery

1966

Ridge purchases the old Monte Bello winery and a small part of the Perrone vineyard property.

Paul Draper joins Ridge as winemaker

1969

First vintage of Lytton Springs

1972

Judgment of Paris

1976

Ridge comes in fifth among French and California wines, at the Paris Tasting, which later becomes known as the Judgment of Paris.

Otsuka Pharmaceutical purchases Ridge Vineyards

1986

Paul Draper appointed as Chariman & CEO

1988

Paul Draper appointed as Chairman and then as Chief Executive Officer. Ridge buys replanted portions of the Perrone property.

Ridge buys Lytton Springs Winery in Sonoma County

1991

Ridge buys the Lytton Springs Winery and the old vineyards surrounding the winery in Sonoma County.

Ridge buys Lytton West

1995

Ridge buys the large western portion of the Lytton Springs vineyard.

Paul Draper is Decanter's "Man of the Year"

2000

Paul Draper is named "Man of the Year" by Decanter magazine and receives the "Distinguished Service Award" from Wine Spectator magazine.

Ridge adds winery & tasting room at Lytton Springs

2004

Ridge completes construction of a new winery and tasting room at Lytton Springs with a focus on the production of Zinfandel.

Judgment of Paris 30th Anniversary Tasting

2006

The 1971 and 2000 Monte Bello cabernets win first place in both the original vintage wine and new vintage wine categories at the "Judgment of Paris 30th Anniversary Wine Tasting" in London and California. Les Grand Prix Du Vin in Paris names Paul Draper as Personnalité de L'Anné.

Paul Draper receives James Beard Award

2007