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Aerial view of Waters Ranch Vineyard, home to our Bordeaux varieties and Chardonnay.
Aerial view of Waters Ranch Vineyard, home to our Bordeaux varieties and Chardonnay.
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Situated on the ridge of Atlas Peak, our Waters Ranch Vineyard boasts 2,100 feet of elevation at its highest point, and on a clear day provides views of the Golden Gate Bridge.
Situated on the ridge of Atlas Peak, our Waters Ranch Vineyard boasts 2,100 feet of elevation at its highest point, and on a clear day provides views of the Golden Gate Bridge.
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Grapes aren't the only fruit we grow at our Waters Ranch Vineyard. Planted by the Waters family decades ago, our Black Mission Fig Tree tempts the passerby with its plump, supple bounty.
Grapes aren't the only fruit we grow at our Waters Ranch Vineyard. Planted by the Waters family decades ago, our Black Mission Fig Tree tempts the passerby with its plump, supple bounty.

Waters Ranch Vineyard: Napa Valley

“My closest advisors, Helen Turley and John Wetlaufer told me ‘If you want to be a first-growth, you have to have your own vineyards,’” says Jayson Pahlmeyer. “I found this property in the eastern hills of Napa Valley that was owned by the Waters family - an incredible parcel with views to the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco skyline. John did the soil analysis, David Abreu studied the terrain, and speaking for all of them, Helen proclaimed it ‘paradisal’. It was rocky, desolate, low vigor, with good drainage. Perfect for growing Bordeaux varieties.

“I hired David Abreu to develop it, and Helen and Erin Green, Helen’s protégé and our longtime winemaker, selected the clones, which included those smuggled from Bordeaux that I had been using since my 1986 vintage.”

Situated on the ridge of Atlas Peak, every acre of Pahlmeyer Waters Ranch Vineyard is micro-managed and farmed according to its unique conditions by the winery’s viticulture teams including Director of Winemaking Kale Anderson.

Location, map and technical information for Waters Ranch Vineyard.