Random Ridge Winery produces fine wines from vineyards pioneered by the Hawley family in the Mayacamas mountains of Napa County, California. We also write poetry, surf, and practice sustainable agriculture.
Random Ridge Vineyard. On the edge of an ancient caldera on the western border of the Mount Veeder District, Random Ridge Winery is a 47-acre ranch that straddles the Napa and Sonoma county line at an elevation of 2300 feet. Bill Hawley and his family built their home with recycled materials in 1980 and planted the first vines in the spring of 1982. Random Ridge Winery is currently 10 acres densely planted with a simple vertical trellis system. The soil is decomposed volcanics, tuff, and solid rock.
Sonoma County Vineyards. We share-crop select vineyards in the Sonoma Valley, including the 100 year old vines from the Santinamaria Vineyard in an ancient riverbed, which are head trained and dry farmed.
Who buys our grapes? Although most of the Random Ridge vineyard grapes are used for making our own wines, we also sell grapes to Wellington Vineyard, which it uses to produce a Random Ridge Winery designate Cabernet Sauvignon and a Casa Santinamaria Sonoma Valley Zinfandel. Peter and John Wellington are old friends and collaborators of ours whose excellent wines consistently rate very highly in wine competitions and reviews.
Random Ridge Winery produces wines in very limited quantities from vines meticulously maintained to reflect the essence of the soils in which they grow. We are farmers first but will surf anytime anywhere. Random Ridge Winery dedication in the vineyards naturally segues into traditional winemaking practices in the cellar. Random Ridge Winery strives to enable the fruit to develop its inherent Buddha nature to become wine of complexity harmony & passion.
Random Ridge Winery Cabernets
50% cabernet sauvignon, 50% cabernet franc
Random Ridge Winery Fortunata
super-tuscan style blend of 80% sangiovese, 10% cabernet sauvignon, 10% cabernet franc
Random Ridge Winery Old Wave
old vine zinfandel field blend from 100 year old vines from the santinamaria vineyard in an ancient riverbed
Random Ridge Winery Olas
zinfandel from the digiulio vineyard, sonoma valley
Random Ridge Winery Willy Nilly
a co-fermented blend of grapes from the bismark ranch adjacent to random ridge, dominated by sangiovese, with syrah, zinfandel, and cabernet franc in diminishing amounts