Shannon Ridge

About

Our goal was to make really enjoyable wines that taste like perfectly ripe grapes on the day you harvest them. We’ve grown fruit for many wonderful people and we've enjoyed tasting what our grapes have contributed to their wines. Still, we wondered how our wine grapes would stand up on their own. For us, the challenge was to take our grapes from bud break all the way to the bottle.

Location Description

Located in the heart of Lower Lake, California.

Features

  • Great Value wines from Lake County.

Additional Information

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Average Bottle Price

$ 25

Winemaker

Joy Merrilees - Director of Winemaking and Production:

I’m passionate about spending time outdoors in beautiful Lake County with my friends and family, good food and of course good wine! Just enjoying all the little things in life all the time and making every day an adventure.

History

We both grew up in California's wine country: Clay in the Healdsburg area in Sonoma County, and Margarita in St. Helena in Napa County. We met when we were both working at a Napa Valley winery. From there, we went on to build a vineyard management and development company.

We’ve grown fruit for many wonderful people and we've enjoyed tasting what our grapes have contributed to their wines. Still, we wondered how our wine grapes would stand up on their own. For us, the challenge was to take our grapes from bud break all the way to the bottle. Our goal was to make really enjoyable wines that taste like perfectly ripe grapes on the day you harvest them.

In the late 1980's we began working with wine grapes from Lake County and recognized the area's potential to grow great mountain fruit. Then, in 1995, we visited a magnificent mountain property about 35 miles north of the Napa county line. At altitudes of 2,100 to 2,400 feet above sea level these steep mountain ridges are cooled by steady winds off Clear Lake and from the higher peaks just north of us. The lean, rocky volcanic soils promised to make the vines produce small berries with concentrated flavors.

There was also the stunning beauty of the ridge. To the south, you see the deep blue waters of Clear Lake sheltered by Mount Konocti. To the north, snow capped mountains loom above, and all around us brick-red rocky soils. The landscape is rugged and wild and so are our neighbors -- we're surrounded by wildlife. In addition to the ducks, geese, deer, raccoons, quail, golden eagles, wild turkey, chipmunks and bobcats that visit us regularly, we've spotted bald eagles, a mother bear and her cubs and mountain lion tracks! Everything about this land screamed out to us, and we answered with an enthusiastic “yes!”

The Team

Angie Bigham - Vice President, National Sales Manager

Audrey Wood - Midwest Regional Sales Manager

Carol Brandt - Accounting Manager

Charley McPherson - Southeast Regional Sales Manager

Chris Baker - Chief Operating Officer

Clay and Margarita Shannon - Owners

Luis Fajardo - Vineyard Manager, Lake County

Mallerie Blackwell - Southwest Regional Sales Manager

Marni Johnson - Hospitality and Tasting room Manager

Melissa Sotak - Northwest Regional Sales Manager

Molly Wingo - Associate Winemaker

Roxanne Jackson - Sales Support Manager

Practices & Techniques

At Shannon Ridge, we live in harmony with Mother Nature. The vineyards feed the sheep, the sheep feed the vines; lamb feeds the people, people drink the wine and wear wool.

Ovis Cycle (O-vis sahy-kuhl)

Ovis - Latin for Sheep

Cycle - a sequence of changing stages that, upon completion, produces a final state identical to the original one.

Reduced use of mowers, tractors and weed eaters:

At Shannon Ridge the sheep have reduced our need to mow by 500%.
The use of gas powered weed eaters have nearly been eliminated.
This means far less use of fossil fuels in our farming system.

Reduced use of herbicides:

The sheep have greatly reduced our use of herbicide. We are able to treat individual areas only as needed.
Better productivity for our human crews

The sheep are used to remove basil leaves and trunk suckers from the vines.
This means less manual labor for our valuable vineyard crews.

Wildfire prevention and protection:

The sheep eat the cover crops, dry grasses and other leaf material that can fuel wildfires,
thus creating fire protection on the property.

Erosion protection and farmland restoration:

Over the years our hilltops have been eroded by the wind.
As a preferred sleeping spot for the sheep, natural fertilization has caused
the grass to grow and restore hilltops into productive areas.

Estate Vineyards / AVA

Our first vineyard on the ridge was Terre Vermeille, which is planted to Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Barbera and Sauvignon Blanc. Since then, we've developed several additional vineyards and have put down our roots here. For the first three years we lived in a small cabin on the Caldwell Ranch. We've moved into a more accommodating home with magnificent views of the vineyards and mountain ridges.

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Hours

Fri - Sun: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm.

Address

13888 Point Lakeview Road
Lower Lake, California 95457
United States

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