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.

  • Upcoming Events

    Join us for Giuseppe & Luisa Zinfandel and chicken cacciatore at this year's Wine and Food Affair on November 4th and 5th. Click here for tickets.

  • Acquire Our Wines

    Visit our online store or sign up to receive exclusive access to our wines.

  • Visit Us

    Our tasting room is open daily from 10am to 5pm
    3360 River Road, Windsor CA | (800) 346-1627
    vinoinfo@martinelliwinery.com