September 19, 2011
20 Years of Pride by the Numbers
One historic ranch, older than the two counties it straddles - Napa and Sonoma. The first grapes were planted 142 years ago in 1869. When Jim and Carolyn Pride purchased the property in 1989, the then 170 acre ranch contained 45 acres of vineyard. Today, the ranch is 240 acres with 86 planted acres of vineyard.
One stone ruins of the historic Summit Winery circa 1890, which was burned during Prohibition in 1920 for insurance money (so the story goes).
One-third of the ranch is located in Napa County, two-thirds is located in Sonoma County. The ranch is on top of the Mayacamas Mountains equidistant between two cities, St. Helena on the Napa side and Santa Rosa on the Sonoma side, at an elevation of 2,100 feet.
Six different soil types growing eight different varietals of grapes comprising 50 different vineyard blocks yielding approximately three tons per acre which are harvested and fermented separately and developed into 13 different wines.
Over 1,700 feet of caves store up to 2,500 barrels at a constant average temperature of 60 degrees.
Production divided into approximately 15% white wines and 85% red wines.
Three winemakers over 20 years.
Many blessed accolades over two decades including three unique honors: 1) being selected six times in the past 10 years for The Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines of the World list with three Merlots and three Cabernet Sauvignons, 2) Robert Parker, Jr. choosing Pride Mountain Vineyards as one of the world's greatest wine estates in his book by the same name in which he selected 156 wineries from around the world for this distinction with only 22 being from California, and 3) having the honor of Pride Mountain Vineyards' wines being served in the White House 25 times.
Two dynamic founders, Jim and Carolyn Pride, leaving a legacy to two grateful off-spring, Steve Pride and Suzanne Pride Bryan, who, for the last seven of our 20 years have been honored to carry-forward their parents' vision for this wonderful, historic winery aided by 45 dedicated and hard-working team members.