Ridge Vineyards

Ridge Vineyards

Ridge Vineyards makes wines that compete in terms of quality and desirability with Bordeaux First Growths and Grand Cru White Burgundies. Winemaker Paul Draper has crafted 43 vintages at Ridge and his practical, hands-off approach to winemaking has resulted in an exceptional and highly sought-after range of wines.

Although a vineyard was first planted near the top of Monte Bello Ridge in the Santa Cruz Mountains in 1885, it lay abandoned until four Stanford Research Institute engineers bought it in 1959. Ridge Vineyards was formed in 1962 and Paul Draper was appointed as winemaker in 1969. After stunning the world by their triumph in the 1976 Judgement of Paris tasting, Ridge Vineyards shot to fame and gained cult status almost overnight.

Since then, Ridge has concentrated on producing fine Bordeaux blends and Chardonnays from Monte Bello's exalted terroir as well as renowned Zinfandels from the Lytton Springs and Geyserville vineyards in Sonoma County.

Ridge's ethos is simple: 100% dedication in the vineyards to grow the most concentrated and flavoursome grapes followed by 100% dedication in the winery with minimum intervention to draw all the fruit's natural richness into the wine.

Paul Draper has studiously dedicated himself to employing traditional Old World methods in the creation of his wines, resulting in silky smooth reds with fine tannins and glorious fruit. The wines are racked and fined but remain unfiltered so as not to lose any character before being matured in new American oak barrels.

Ridge Monte Bello, once pure Cabernet, has been a Cabernet-dominated blend since 1975 with varying quantities, depending on the vintage, of Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc to add complexity to the final wine. The Monte Bello Chardonnay, arguably California's most respected white wine, is elegantly structured and rivals the finest White Burgundy Grand Crus.

Since 1972 Ridge has also specialised in top-quality Zinfandel blends from the Lytton Springs and Geyserville vineyards in Sonoma County and in 1979 the Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet blend joined the range to offer a softer, earlier drinking companion to the famed Monte Bello.

Discover the story behind our Own Selection Zinfandel, made for us by Ridge. Read more

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2018 Ridge Vineyards, Lytton Springs, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California, USA
Red
2018
Ready, but will improve
Full Bodied
Dry
15.0% Alcohol
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£70.00 – half bottle (37.5cl)
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2014 Ridge Vineyards, Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Santa Cruz Mountains, California, USA
Red
2014
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Full Bodied
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13.7% Alcohol
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£91.75 – half bottle (37.5cl)
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2016 Ridge Vineyards, Monte Bello, Santa Cruz Mountains, California, USA
Red
2016
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13.5% Alcohol
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£121.30 – half bottle (37.5cl)
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1997 Ridge Monte Bello, Santa Cruz County, California, USA
Red
1997
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12.5% Alcohol
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2014 Ridge Vineyards, Monte Bello, Santa Cruz Mountains, California, USA
Red
2014
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13.5% Alcohol
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£450.00 – bottle (75cl)
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1990 Ridge Vineyards, Monte Bello, Santa Cruz Mountains, California, USA
Red
1990
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13.5% Alcohol
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2012 Ridge Vineyards, Monte Bello, Santa Cruz Mountains, California, USA
Red
2012
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Full Bodied
Dry
13.5% Alcohol
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2012 Ridge Vineyards, Lytton Springs, Sonoma County, California, USA
Red
2012
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Dry
14.4% Alcohol
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2012 Ridge Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Santa Cruz Mountains, California
Red
2012
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Dry
13.5% Alcohol
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2008 Ridge Vineyards, Monte Bello, Santa Cruz Mountains, California, USA
Red
2008
Ready, but will improve
Full Bodied
Dry
13.0% Alcohol
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2007 Ridge Vineyards, Monte Bello, Santa Cruz Mountains, California, USA
Red
2007
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13.5% Alcohol
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2015 Ridge Vineyards, Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Santa Cruz Mountains, California, USA
Red
2015
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Full Bodied
Dry
13.5% Alcohol
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2013 Ridge Lytton Springs, Sonoma County, California
Red
2013
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Full Bodied
Dry
14.0% Alcohol
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2013 Ridge Geyserville, Sonoma County, California
Red
2013
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Dry
14.5% Alcohol
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2016 Ridge Vineyards, Geyserville, Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California, USA
Red
2016
Ready, but will improve
Full Bodied
Dry
14.5% Alcohol
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2016 Ridge Vineyards, Lytton Springs, Sonoma County, California, USA
Red
2016
Ready, but will improve
Full Bodied
Dry
14.5% Alcohol
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2011 Ridge Vineyards, Monte Bello, Santa Cruz Mountains, California, USA
Red
2011
Ready, but will improve
Full Bodied
Dry
13.0% Alcohol
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2017 Ridge Vineyards, East Bench Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California, USA
Red
2017
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Medium Bodied
Dry
14.5% Alcohol
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2015 Ridge Vineyards, Monte Bello, Santa Cruz Mountains, California, USA
Red
2015
Ready, but will improve
Full Bodied
Dry
13.5% Alcohol
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2009 Ridge Vineyards, Monte Bello, Santa Cruz Mountains, California, USA
Red
2009
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Full Bodied
Dry
13.5% Alcohol
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2013 Ridge Vineyards, Monte Bello, Santa Cruz Mountains, California, USA
Red
2013
Ready, but will improve
Full Bodied
Dry
13.5% Alcohol
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2015 Ridge Vineyards, Lytton Springs, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California, USA
Red
2015
Ready, but will improve
Full Bodied
Dry
14.5% Alcohol
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2015 Ridge Vineyards, Geyserville, Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California, USA
Red
2015
Ready, but will improve
Full Bodied
Dry
14.5% Alcohol
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2014 Ridge Vineyards, Lytton Springs, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California, USA
Red
2014
Ready, but will improve
Full Bodied
Dry
14.5% Alcohol
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