Mount Eden Vineyards Description
Situated within the picturesque Santa Cruz Mountains American Viticultural Area (AVA) in California, Mount Eden Vineyards stands as a distinguished winery renowned for its exceptional Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and a hint of Cabernet Sauvignon. Its rich history traces back to 1943, when wine pioneer Martin Ray founded the estate, ushering in a new era of boutique winemaking in California. Perched at an elevation of around 2000 feet (610m) above sea level, the estate’s location in the Santa Cruz mountains offers a microclimate that’s ideal for viticulture. The unique shale soil composition contributes to the successful cultivation of Burgundy varieties, such as Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Mount Eden Vineyards employs a natural yeast fermentation process and ages its wines in a harmonious blend of new and old French oak barrels before the final bottling. Additionally, alongside the main estate vineyard, the winery oversees Domaine Eden on a neighboring mountaintop, overlooking Saratoga. This dual-pronged approach to winemaking underscores Mount Eden’s commitment to crafting exceptional, terroir-driven wines.