Pride Mountain Wines Description
Nestled high in the Mayacamas Mountains, straddling the border of Napa and Sonoma counties, lies Pride Mountain Vineyards, a 235-acre estate renowned for its exceptional wines and breathtaking views. This illustrious winery, a testament to the harmony of nature and human ingenuity, stands as a beacon of quality and innovation in the world of viticulture.
The story of Pride Mountain Wines begins with the acquisition of Summit Ranch in 1989 by Jim and Carolyn Pride. This marked a new chapter for the land, which had a rich history dating back to 1885 when Edward Hirschler first planted wine grapes here. The original winery, known as Summit Wines, was built in 1890 and, despite its subsequent decline during Prohibition, the site’s legacy persisted. In the 1950s, the land saw a resurgence in viticulture under the Gamble family, paving the way for the Prides’ transformative vision.
Upon taking ownership, Jim and Carolyn Pride embarked on an ambitious journey to not only grow grapes but also to produce wines of distinction. The estate’s vineyard restoration and replanting efforts began immediately, laying the foundation for the high-quality Pride Mountain wines we know today. The first vintages of Pride Mountain Vineyards Chardonnay, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon were bottled in 1991 at Rombauer Vineyards, heralding the beginning of a new era in winemaking.
Pride Mountain Vineyards boasts a location that is as unique as its wines. Perched at an elevation of 2,000 feet, the vineyards benefit from increased ultraviolet light, contributing to the distinct “mountain character” of their red wines. This elevation ensures a cooler climate compared to the Napa Valley floor, allowing for a slower, more balanced ripening of grapes. The south-facing slopes, absence of shadows from adjacent hills, and positioning above the fog layer all contribute to the optimal growth conditions for their vines. The deep volcanic loam soils, enriched with clay, coupled with abundant winter rain, create an ideal environment for vine growth.
The winery itself, with its wooden-beamed structure, blends seamlessly into its mountainous surroundings. Visitors are welcomed into a modest yet charming tasting room, where they can savor the latest vintages while enjoying the knowledgeable and gracious hospitality of the staff. The estate’s commitment to sustainability is evident in their farming practices, which involve careful management of the vine canopy and efficient use of water resources from their rain-collecting ponds.
Pride Mountain Wines specializes in a range of varietals, with a particular focus on Pride Cabernet and Pride Merlot. Their Pride Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon, including the notable Pride Cabernet Sauvignon 2018, Pride Reserve Cabernet, and Pride Mountain Merlot are widely acclaimed for their robust flavors and refined structure. The Pride Mountain Reserve Cabernet and the Pride Reserve Claret stand as testaments to their dedication to producing wines of exceptional quality.
Pride Mountain Vineyards extends an invitation to wine enthusiasts to join their Pride Mountain Wine Club, offering exclusive access to their finest vintages and experiences. The club is a gateway to exploring the full range of Pride Wines, including the Pride Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Pride Mountain Reserve Cabernet, and the Pride Wine Merlot.
In conclusion, Pride Mountain Wines, with its rich history, innovative viticulture practices, and commitment to excellence, offers an unparalleled wine experience. From the scenic beauty of its vineyards to the depth and complexity of its wines, Pride Mountain Vineyards stands as a beacon of quality, inviting wine lovers to discover the essence of mountain-grown excellence. You can taste Pride wines by visiting Pride Mountain Wine Club and read some great Pride Mountain wine reviews.