Since establishing our estate, active discovery, learning, and involvement has guided everything we do at Vineyard eleven.
In the early 90’s we started to develop a palate for different types of wines. Although, we knew little about the industry we enjoyed what was in the glass. Geoff started to research different varietals to understand the areas where different grapes were grown. Over the next several years we became California wine country enthusiasts and traveled frequently to Sonoma and Napa. It was during these trips we defined our passion for small crafted wines and the stories they told. We found that each bottle told its own story. The personal connections we made in Sonoma County, with the people, land and the wine, clarified for us, the Russian River Valley was where we felt a sense of home.
We jumped at the opportunity in 2011 to purchase a small Pinot Noir vineyard, in the Middle Reach of the Russian River Valley, that was in search of an owner to care for its needs, nurture its vines, and take an emotional interest in the fruit it produced. We believed we were the lucky ones to revive this precious gem, Vineyard eleven. After growing and selling our grapes for several years, a passion for creating our own wines developed. We believe our limited production wines truly express the unique characteristics of the Middle Reach neighborhood in the Russian River Valley.
Today Vineyard eleven is planted with two distinct growing blocks:
Red Barn Block – Clones; UV Vosne-Romonée, Pommard and Swan; and,
Heritage Block - Clones; Swan and Mount Eden.
We are focused on growing and sourcing ultra-premium grapes from the Middle Reach of the Russian River Valley, as we believe wine produced from this region has unique age worthy flavors and characteristics that all will enjoy.
Our family’s goal is to craft artisanal, limited production wines that will create many memorable experiences for you.