BY LISA GMUR, CSW
Fort Ross Sea View
The History of Fort Ross Vineyards
The story of the Fort Ross Vineyard goes back to the 1960’s in Cape Town, South Africa where Lester and Linda met as college students. He was studying geology and she was studying music.
The two married and nine years later moved to San Francisco, California. Missing the country life he experienced in South Africa, he was drawn to the old Russian settlement of Fort Ross overlooking the Pacific Ocean and built an Africa inspired home there. The vineyard project began in 1991.
They tested 16 different grape varieties, three trellis systems, assorted clines and rootstocks until they discovered that the ideal grapes were Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
Jeff Pisoni, Winemaker
The wines are made with simplicity to let the estate grown fruit and terroir speak. The limited wines produced in the Fort Ross-Seaview AVA reflect the very unique terroir with elegance, fine structure, seamless balance and vibrant fruit. The tempering influence of fog, the cool climate challenges the grapes in this region so they develop slowly and evenly to perfection.