At the northern boundary of the oak- and redwood-forested Santa Cruz Mountains, Spring Ridge Vineyard runs from the floor of Portola Valley up the ridge toward Windy Hill. In 1980 the Melchor family asked the Varner brothers to plant Chardonnay and Gewurztraminer on the lower portion of the property. The vines we still harvest 38 years later were planted block by block down the ridge below the historic house, creating the three Chardonnay Blocks that are now legendary: Home, Amphitheater, and Bee.
In 1995 the Neely family began stewarding the property, reimagining the commitment to viticulture and wine. By the early 2000s Pinot Noir plantings—Hidden, Upper Picnic, and Picnic Blocks—completed the foundation for one of the most renowned vineyards in the Santa Cruz Mountains appellation. A unique, small bi-level indoor-outdoor winery and cellar facility was completed in 2000, initiating the era of estate winemaking. Tending and harvesting grapes just a stroll from the cellar allows for low-key and masterful production of subtle, affecting vintages. From the very beginning viticulture at Spring Ridge has been careful and ecologically sensitive. Spring Ridge Vineyard and Neely Wine are proud to be the home of a unique, terroir-driven project.
After Bob Varner's retirement from the property in 2015, Shalini Sekhar joined Neely Wine to carry on the tradition of estate-crafted, block-designated winemaking at Spring Ridge. In 2017, a new phase of vineyard planting was begun, commencing an exciting decade of novel varietals and our brand new wine club.