At Sapphire Hill Winery, our winemaker Tami Collins hand selects each vineyard for special characteristics that fit each varietal.
Sapphire Hill Estate Vineyards
The vineyards were selected in 1989 to produce the best Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from the Russian River Valley on the original homestead of Lucy and Levi Grove, who acquired 120 acres in 1869 from John Cooper who was granted the El Molino Ranchero by General Vallejo. The vineyards are located on the edge of the morning fog line that stretches through the valley and allows for cooler morning temperatures but warmer in the afternoon to produce rich ripe fruit. The vineyard is approximately 1.5 miles from the Rochioli vineyard just across the river and is known for its outstanding aromas and lush ripe fruit. These vineyards are sustainably farmed with the utmost care into each vine.
The Ketcham Estate was planted 15 years ago and is located in the heart of Russian River on Eastside road. This vineyard was planted with the intention of producing some of the best and richest Pinot Noir in the world. The vines are near the water table to stretch their roots while the rich loam dirt gives great character to the wines. The Ketcham Estate has a who’s who among producers including Williams Selyem, Michael Browne (Kosta-Browne), and Gary Farrell.
The Winberrie Vineyard is a tiny parcel planted in 1905 that produces some of the richest and ripest Zinfandel berries in the world. The vineyard was dry farmed for many years and today uses minimal irrigation.
Located at the end of west dry creek is the acclaimed Seaton vineyard, which produces a dark, rich, spicy Zinfandel.
This vineyard is over 2,000 feet in elevation at the top of Alexander Valley and produces intense, dark rich Cabernet.
Red Grav Vineyard
This vineyard is named for a single Red Gravenstein Apple tree on the property and produces bright, rich, fruit forward Cabernet.