Ramey buys vineyard on Westside Road

Ramey Wine Cellars, the Healdsburg winery owned by David and Carla Ramey, has purchased its first vineyard.

The 75-acre property on Westside Road was formerly known as Westside Farms, which at one point was a pumpkin farm. The parcel includes 42 acres of chardonnay and pinot noir vineyards in the Russian River appellation.

"My wife Carla and I have been looking for properties for a few years, and this is a 75-acre parcel that has really high-quality chardonnay that will become the basis of our Russian River chardonnay bottling," said David Ramey, owner and winemaker. "It also has this charming semi-historic hop kiln that we will turn into a tasting room."

The Rameys, who used to bring their children to that pumpkin farm, founded Ramey Wine Cellars in 1996 and currently produce 35,000 cases per year. They will honor the grape contracts that came with the property, and in several years will use the grapes in their own wine.

Compiled by Cathy Bussewitz. Submit items to cathy.bussewitz@pressdemocrat.com

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