Yorkville Cellars is
located in Mendocino County, 100 miles north of the San Francisco
Golden Gate Bridge. The tasting room is on Highway 128, a picturesque
road that winds past vineyards, sheep ranches and apple and peach
orchards before plunging through the Redwood forest to emerge at
the Mendocino coastline.
The vineyards are 1,000 feet or more above
sea level, where sun-filled days and cool nights, tempered by coastal
fogs, combine to consistently produce premium quality grapes.
It was in the mid-eighties
when after reading a Sunset magazine article about Mendocino
County that we discovered this special place: a highland valley
where the waters of the Russian and Navarro Rivers start and part,
and where the giant coastal redwoods and valley oaks come together.
After a visit we started looking for a property the following week. A number of them had small vineyards. We fell in love with the three ancient oaks on this property and were intuitively convinced that such a place
would foster complex and richly favored grapes, and secured a 110
acre ranch in the town of Yorkville (Pop. 317). There were
already a few acres of neglected Sauvignon Blanc but the quality
of the small amount of fruit that these vines yielded was encouraging.
With the help and dedication of our vineyard manager and application
of the latest organic practices, we restored those vines to fine,
healthy plants. Over a few years the vineyards were expanded to
30 acres and the first estate wines were bottled in 1994.
Deborah was raised in the London area and it was common to have a bottle of claret on the dinner table. Edward's maternal side is Italian, so likewise a family meal wasn't considered complete without wine. Our passion, and knowledge about wine was dramatically enhanced when we had the opportunties to live in Italy near Lake Como; in Germany at the southern edge of the Rheingau; and in Paris. Each afforded the opportunity to constantly explore old world vineyards and wineries. We feel very fortunate to have had that experience. We even were able to split our honeymoon between Burgundy and Bordeaux.
You For Your Support
The demand for our wines continues to
grow. And given that we typically handcraft less than 1,000 cases
of each wine we produce, demand will again exceed supply this
year. We are sincerely flattered by the confidence our customers
have consistently shown in our wines.
Deborah & Edward Wallo
Founders & WineGrowers
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