Ridge Vineyards


Dr. Osea Perrone buys 180 acres on Monte Bello Ridge


Vineyard planting begins


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

First wine bottled under Monte Bello label


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

Prohibition - vineyards abandoned


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

Replanting begins at Monte Bello


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


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


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


Ridge purchases Monte Bello winery


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

Paul Draper joins Ridge as winemaker


First vintage of Lytton Springs


Judgment of Paris


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


Paul Draper appointed as Chariman & CEO


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


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

Ridge buys Lytton West


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

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


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


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


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