The story of Rancho Maria begins with an idea and a dream.
Monte, Stella and Sebastian were enjoying a sunny summer morning on the golf course, engaging in a competitive round of golf all the while discussing the current crop and ideas on how to approach the drought. Sebastian mentioned that he would like to use some of the family fruit to build a brand. Sebastian wanted a wine brand that represented the family and also the special place the grapes grew in. The family had discussed the idea of creating a wine label before but the conversation was finally being held with a much more serious consideration and excitement. At the time the conversations began, all the fruit from the family vineyard was being happily sold to Wilson Artisan Wine Group. This fruit had a great home and the wines being produced were loved by all. Ultimately the first conversation ended on the golf course but the idea and the dream continued to burn hot. It wasn’t but a few weeks later that Monte and Sebastian found themselves talking about a wine label, called Rancho Maria again. However, this time the conversation was happening over Sunday night football, BBQ, and a bottle of the families Petite Sirah. They talked basic strategy, brand identity, and distribution. By the end of the fourth quarter and dinner, they had something that resembled a game plan. In the harvest of 2011, after months of careful planning and several bottles of wine, we harvested 6 tons of estate fruit intended to be labeled for Rancho Maria Wines. We bottled 350 cases for the ‘11 vintage. It was a major leap for a family since they were traditionally farmers, not producers. They found that the best foundation came from knowing how the grapes grew and how to farm the best grapes in the Valley. Lets just say now, the rest has been history!