Charles Ranch

Charles Ranch

Varietals Planted

Chardonnay

Soil information

Josephine and Goldridge

Soil Characteristics

Well drained and some clay loam

Rootstock

AXR and St. George

Budwood

Wente and 04

Acreage

3 Acres

Year Planted

1981

Vineyard History

The Charles Ranch was once one of the largest sheep ranches in Sonoma County. George Charles was a fourth generation rancher in the vast rugged hills and raised 2,000 head of sheep along with a small herd of bison. George's son-in-law, Lee Martinelli Sr., was a successful third generation grape grower and consulted with George as to which grape variety would be the most suitable to plant in this unique climate. This distinct micro-climate is two miles inland from the Pacific coastline and is greatly influenced by the coastal fog.