Our estate vineyards are chiseled into the clay and decomposed granite in the foothills of the central Sierra Nevada mountains of California. In the higher elevations of the Squaw Valley-Miramonte AVA (viticultural area), we are blessed and cursed with varied soils containing clay, limestone, and decomposing granite. By tilling the green weeds annually we have naturally enriched the usable land into richer soil that yields healthy vines.
We have two small vineyards, both on S/SW facing hillsides, and a small plot on a hill top. Even with their similarities, each vineyards adds its unique characteristics. Yet micro climates and soils vary from end of a row to the other. This adds not only to the challenge in the timing to pick, but adds to the complexity of our wines.
The vines typically grown in our climate are the Rhone varietals, e.g. Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Syrah, et al. We accepted the challenge and are pushing the envelop with varietals such as Symphony, Teroldego, Cabernet Franc, and others.
Our winery resides in our naturally temperature controlled cellars. Just outside crush and press the grapes, but fermentation, resting, filtering, bottling and labeling is done back inside.
We are very small compared to most wineries but we are at home with our size. We were the first bonded winery in our region of the central Sierra Nevada foothills. Our wine production is the equivalent of about 4+ barrels per year of hand-crafted wines, or ~1200 bottles.
Events at our winery, including those following cellar tours, are informally held on our deck. From there one can wander about with glass in hand absorbing the surrounding vines, trees, ponds, gardens, and wildlife. We also enjoy sharing what we produce at Riffelhof besides the wine. This includes olive oil, pecans, various seasonal fruits, etc.
We look forward to your visit and trying our wines et al. Best always to call us, 559.336.2335, because google maps and others misplace us on their maps.