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Aerial view of our Wayfarer Vineyard, situated 6.75 miles from the Pacific Ocean in the Fort Ross-Seaview Appellation.
Aerial view of our Wayfarer Vineyard, situated 6.75 miles from the Pacific Ocean in the Fort Ross-Seaview Appellation.
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A Pinot Noir cluster begins veraison, benefiting from the vineyard's intense solar radiance and cool coastal air.
A Pinot Noir cluster begins veraison, benefiting from the vineyard's intense solar radiance and cool coastal air.
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A weathered wooden fence punctuates the rugged landscape of the Fort Ross-Seaview AVA.
A weathered wooden fence punctuates the rugged landscape of the Fort Ross-Seaview AVA.

Wayfarer Vineyard: Sonoma Coast

The Wayfarer Vineyard is 30 acres of Goldridge soil hidden among winding mountain roads and redwoods, two coastal ridges from the Pacific — an extraordinary place to grow Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

“Eventually every oenophile gravitates to the wines of Burgundy,” says Jayson Pahlmeyer. “In 1998, Helen Turley, my winemaker, invited me to taste a Pinot Noir barrel sample from their new Sonoma Coast vineyard – Marcassin. The wine brought me to my knees.”  A couple of years later, a small family-owned organic farm called “Wayfarer” came on the market – just a short way down the mountain road from Marcassin. Helen brought Jayson to Wayfarer to survey the site and he instantly sensed that this secluded place held all the essential elements to produce exceptional wine. Helen declared it destined to be “the La Tache of California” as Jayson claimed Wayfarer as his own.

It was an ambitious endeavor, transforming a family farm in remote Sonoma Coast wilderness into a world-class vineyard.  Expert viticulturalist David Abreu strategically divided the site into 30 one-acre blocks, each dedicated to a single clone determined to be the best match for the block’s sun aspect, elevation, and slope – 16 distinct clones in all.  In 2005, Wayfarer fruit was blended into Pahlmeyer’s critically lauded Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir.  The site’s distinctive fruit quickly became the soul of Pahlmeyer’s Sonoma Coast wines.  Jayson, understanding the vineyard had unequivocally come of age, recruited Bibiana Gonzalez Rave.  Trained as both a winegrower and winemaker in the vineyards of France, Bibiana possesses a level of passion and depth of expertise that drives her to relentlessly perfect every aspect of the process.

We will release the debut vintage of the single-vineyard Wayfarer label in Fall 2014.  We invite you to learn more about this exciting project.  Visit wayfarervineyard.com to join the mailing list and accompany us on the journey.

Location, map and technical information for Wayfarer Vineyard.

"Simply put, the new Wayfarer wines are brilliant... Textured, deep and intense... No detail has been overlooked, so it is hardly a surprise to see how well these wines have turned out... There are a lot of new projects on the Sonoma Coast. Wayfarer is easily among the most exciting."
- Antonio Galloni, The Undiscovered California, Vinous February 2014