Tom und Mary Riffel

At Riffelhof Vineyards unorthodox is orthodox.

Riffelhof Vineyards is rooted in a passion to plant and grow crops. Farming has been a family tradition that spans several hundreds of years.

Our lineage can be traced back to ancient homelands in Germany. Later the Riffels moved to Russia and the banks of the Volga River before arriving in the Central Valley of California.  Today descendants of the original Riffel family immigrants continue to farm the rich Central Valley soil.

Riffelhof Vineyards is located in Miramonte, where we first took up growing fruit and nut trees. Over the years we have developed two varieties of plums. One of these plums was the result of a graft we put on our future father-in-law’s wild plum tree.  The development of the Weber-Riffel plum played a crucial role in convincing Mary to become my bride. Curiously this unorthodox approach has become the theme of Riffelhof success.

In 1999, we began making wine. The first wine was produced from local wild elderberries and quickly we were hooked!

Next, we worked with plums. We built upon the experience gained from the elderberry wine and the result was a great success.

It was time to harness the black art of winemaking and turn to grapes.

Our first wine grape vineyard was planted in 2006.  We selected Zinfandel.  Today, these Zinfandel vines produce the largest share of our wine and has won back-to-back medals at the San Joaquin Valley Winegrower Association (2011 & 2012) facing competition from heavyweights like wineries of Paso Robles and Sonoma, and Fresno State.

At Riffelhof Vineyards unorthodox is orthodox. We love growing uncommon varietals like Mourvedre, Pinot Noir and Teroldego. We think we do well and the judges seem to agree, handing us a Bronze Medal for the Pinot Noir (SJVWA 2011) and two Silver Medals for the Teroldego (SJVWA 2012 and 2013).

Come visit and taste the results of our hard work.