At Rustic Ridge Ranch & Winery in California, the high standards they have set for their service extend to every aspect of their operations. Located on a former Thoroughbred breeding farm, the owners continued the tradition of racing excellence and still breed and race outstanding athletes in the Thoroughbred racing industry. However, they’ve taken that high standard and applied it to another area as well, the production of amazing premium wines.
While you might think that wine-making and horse racing are not exactly great bedfellows, you would be wrong, at least according to history. It is actually pretty normal to see these two connected and the resulting events are phenomenal in nature, with the highlight being some very successful charity events that pair the two industries to bring together the best possible outcome for the charity being featured.
The elevation of the vineyards affords a unique quality to both the horses they raise and the grapes they produce. At 1,000 feet above the Napa Valley floor, the elevation creates a microclimate that lends itself to the distinct flavor of their wines, as they are able to harvest later in the season than many other producers. In addition, the higher elevation creates an improved training climate for their race horses, which lends to them a stronger wind that holds well in the racing industry they have become involved in.
Rustic Ridge Ranch & Winery is also home to a lovely Bed and Breakfast Inn where enthusiasts can stay the night and enjoy a tour and tasting at this gorgeous facility. With hiking, boating, and a variety of other activities available, a stay at Rustic Ridge is not only relaxing but inspiring as well. The views allow you a chance to reflect on the world at large and take in the beauty of the area.
The luscious wines of this winery come from vines that were planted as early as the 1970’s, giving them the necessary time to become weathered and strong. Only the best fruit is sourced from each block, which ensures that the wines produced by Rustic Ridge are of the highest possible standard and offer a unique flavor due to the interesting climate and soil.
Every year, during harvest time, you’ll also find that Rustic Ridge’s fields are filling up with adorable Thoroughbred foals for you to enjoy watching. Enjoy a stay at the Inn and spend some time hiking the trails and laughing at the antics of the new foals, while tasting a delicious Cabernet Sauvignon or Riesling.
While our resident portaholic plans to personally check out this delightful vineyard later this season, we’d love to know if you’ve tried any of their delicious premium wines. Let us know what you thought of them in the comments! We’d love to hear from you and your comment may be the inspiration for our next post. In the meantime, from all of us here at West Palm Beach Brewery and Wine Vault, Happy Tasting!
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