Alder Springs Vineyard
- Stuart Bewley
- Mendocino County AVA. 12 miles east of the Pacific Ocean overlooking Laytonville, CA.
- 140+ acres planted
- Varietals Planted:
- Grenache Blanc, Picpoul Blanc, Chardonnay, Roussanne, Marsanne, Viognier, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Grenache Noir, Mourvedre, Counoise, Malbec, Tannat.
- Dijon clones 115, 667, 777, 459, DRC selection and Calera selection
- Soil Type:
- Decomposing sandstone
- South & East
- Continental, minus the rain. Defined by warm/hot days and cold nights. The diurnal shift is a huge factor in the quality of the grapes.
- Farming Practices:
“Alder Springs Ranch was the most magnificently beautiful spot I’d ever seen. I went back and looked at it six times and couldn’t get it out of my head. There was no limit to how deep the roots could go.” — Stu Bewley
Alder Springs Vineyard has a location unique in all of California winemaking – chosen by Stuart Bewely after a careful study of more than 40 sites.
The vineyard is located in far northern Mendocino County on the 6,000-acre Alder Springs Ranch. Just 12 miles from the Pacific Ocean, the site is an ecological gem as well as the ideal place to grow grapes.
The hilly landscape climbs to 4,000 feet and offers nearly perfect growing conditions: bright sun, cool nights, phenomenal low-vigor soils. Since 1993 we’ve planted about 140 acres of grapes at elevations ranging from 1,700 to 2,700 feet.
Their obsessive, hands-on attention to each vine, yields small, complex, and intense flavorful berries. Alder Springs’ Pinot Noir, Syrah, and Rhone varieties have won a devoted following among top boutique wineries, including Patz & Hall, Behrens & Hitchcock, Arnot-Roberts, and Copain.
Stuart Bewley grew up in California’s central valley, where hard work and farming were a part of life. But his name will be forever tied to the beverage that embodied The Beach.
While in their twenties, Stuart and his high school friend Michael Crete experimented with mixing wine and fruit juices. They ended up inventing the wine cooler, and the iconic California Cooler brand. Within four years they went from selling cases out of the back of a pickup truck to a multi-million dollar business.
When Stuart was in his early thirties, they sold California Cooler and he moved on to a new challenge. Going back to his farming roots, he immersed himself in the study of viticulture.
His seven year search for the perfect site ended with Alder Springs ranch.
He bought Alder Springs ranch and broke ground in 1993, planting his first vineyard block. Today, Stuart meticulously thins his grapes with a “bonsai” method. While his yield-per-acre is significantly below the industry average, the resulting quality of the grapes is of the finest in California.