At the northern boundary of the dense oak- and redwood-forested Santa Cruz Mountains, Spring Ridge Vineyard runs from the floor of Portola Valley up a ridge toward the top of Windy Hill. Starting in the early 1980s, vines were planted in the ridge’s shallow clay loam that rests on fractured sedimentary rock. The same vines we still harvest were planted block by block, down the ridge, starting with the Chardonnay sites that are now legendary: Home, Ampitheatre, and Bee blocks. Fog cradles the vineyards but never overwhelms them, and maritime breeze ofen courses down the slopes. From the very beginning viticulture at Spring Ridge has been careful and ecologically sensitive.
In 1995 the Neely family began stewarding the property, reimagining its commitment to viticulture and wine. By the early 2000s Pinot Noir plantings—Hidden, Upper Picnic, and Picnic blocks—further down the ridge completed the foundation for one of the most excellent and subtle vineyards in the appellation. A unique, small bi-level out- and indoor winery and cellar facility was completed in 2000, inititating an era of estate winemaking. Tending and harvesting grapes just a stroll from the cellar allows for low-key and masterful production of subtle, affecting vintages. Neely Wine continues to announce Spring Ridge as the home of a unique, terroir-driven project.