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Ridge Vineyards

California winery headquartered near the city of Cupertino in the Santa Cruz Mountains AVA area. There is a second winery in the Sonoma County, The origin is in 1885 when Osea Perrone acquired 180 acres (72 hectares) of land on Monte Bello Ridge in the Santa Cruz Mountains. He planted a vineyard and called his company "Monte Bello Winery". The first wine was produced in 1892. In the early 1960s, David Bennion and three partners, a group of scientists from nearby Stanford University, acquired the property. Winemaker has been Paul Draper since 1969. There are wines from Cabernet Sauvignon. Cabernet Franc, Carignan Noir ( mazuelo ) Chardonnay, Mataro ( Monastrell ) Merlot. Petite Sirah. Petit Verdot and Zinfandel produced. Some of the vines are 60, 80 and some even over 100 years old.

The wines come from some California AVA areas, the labels are given in brackets. These are the historic area of Santa Cruz Mountains (Monte Bello), as well Napa Valley (York Creek), San Luis Obispo ( Paso Robles ) and Sonoma County (Geyserville, Lytton Springs, Pagani Ranch). The legendary Paris Wine Tasting In 1976 the "Cabernet Sauvignon Monte Bello 1971" of the winery landed on the fifth place and in the 30th anniversary competition in 2006 on the first place and beat all other Californian and also the Bordeaux plants. In the latter event, the wine was 35 years old. This red wine made in Bordeaux style (with small amounts of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot) is still a figurehead today.

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