Bangor Ranch Vineyard and Winery
Bangor Ranch is a magical place with a commitment to the highest quality in handcrafted wines and olive oil. Bangor is an old Gold Rush town, once home to thousands of miners. Later in the early 1900’s, an orchard of Mission olives was planted on part of the property that is now Bangor Ranch. In 2010, Gary Paul Fox acquired this ranch and began implementing his vision for a world-class vineyard and winery. The warm climate, ideal hillside position and rocky, decomposed granite soils show potential to produce wines of intense character, complexity and depth. Today that vision is becoming reality. The first blocks of Nebbiolo and Mourvedre have been planted with additional varieties coming soon, and the humble “shop” has been transformed into a small but functional winery. Our current release wines include a 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon North Coast, a 2005 Syrah Reserve Santa Barbara and our 2015 Pinot Grigio from the Marchini Vineyard in The Delta. Also available are the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Merlot from Marchini plus a 2013 Sangiovese, 2014 Barbera and the 2013 Barbera Rosato. And don't forget our Estate Extra Virgin Olive Oil, made from the ancient Mission olive trees on the property. Who says there’s no more gold left in those hills?
Bangor is located in the northern Sierra foothills, about 2½ hours from the Bay Area and a little more than an hour from Sacramento.
- Handcrafted wines and olive oil from the Sierra foothills
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On first sight, the olive grove, stone walls and rolling hills led many visitors to comment that it looks just like Tuscany. Fair enough, but Gary's vision is more like Barbaresco or Barolo. The climate, soils and hillside exposure made Nebbiolo an obvious choice. In a similar manner, the aromatic scrub and warm afternoon winds suggested southern France, so Mourvedre was added to the menu.
After clearing some oaks, preparing the soil and installing drip irrigation, the summer of 2011 was devoted to planting the first 3 blocks to these varieties. The other major accomplishment this first year was designing and installing a 6 kilowatt ground-mounted solar array, sufficient to power the houses and winery and maybe even have enough to sell back to PG&E. Nothing like green power to help produce some great reds.