Ledson Winery and Vineyards

Ledson Winery and Vineyards - Kenwood, California in the Sonoma Valley

About

Emerging like a gothic blast from the past out of acres of rolling vineyards and pastoral calm, our 16,000 square foot French Normandy winery is known as "The Castle" around the world. Originally designed as our family home, the contractor and designer in me got carried away and it quickly became clear that the architectural showpiece was much better suited to house our planned winery. We specialize in small varietal lots that reflect the genuine diversity of our select vineyards and appellations. Ledson wines are sold exclusively at the winery in Kenwood, in our online store, and at the Ledson Hotel & Centre du Vin in Sonoma. We have developed a number of different wine club programs, offering members preferred pricing and access to wines not available to the public. With over 70 wines to choose from, there is something for everyone. Boasting beautifully appointed hand-crafted tasting bars, impeccable grounds with picnic areas shadowed by 100-year old majestic oak trees, a fully stocked gourmet market as well as a tasteful clothing and gift boutique--the Ledson Winery is the breathtaking backdrop for an afternoon picnic or a weekend getaway.

Location Description

Located in the heart of Sonoma Valley, a short one hour drive north of San Francisco.

Features

  • Extraordinary Hospitality. Exquisite Atmosphere. Impeccable Wines.

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Winemaker

Winemaker Steve Ledson A fifth generation Sonoma County farmer, Steve Noble Ledson broke ground on the Ledson Winery & Vineyards in 1989, after spending the first part of his career building a successful residential development business in Sonoma County. Steve originally sold the Merlot from his estate vineyard to several local wineries, but was convinced by St. Francis winemaker Tom Mackey that the fruit was so special he should instead bottle and sell the estate Merlot under the Ledson name.

In 1997 the winery released its first vintage, the 1994 Estate Merlot to broad critical acclaim. Since then Steve has overseen all vineyard and wine making decisions, concentrating his efforts on small lots that showcase the varietal and terroir diversity of Sonoma County.

History

The story begins in 1896 England, where Barker Ledson--a scion of means for whom means meant nothing--yearned for the new world and all the adventure that it promised. At age 16, he and his two similarly spirited brothers, Tom and Stanley, left behind royal bloodlines, country estates and a sure future--not to mention the family fortune--to set sail for America.

Their first stop was Iowa where their aunt owned a ranch. The boys worked the ranch essentially for room and board until Barker was lured away by a much greater adventure. Surveyors were needed by the railroad to map the vast and unforgiving Mojave Desert. It was thankless work, but not without benefits. Part and parcel of working in “no man’s land” was the lack of spending opportunities. Barker was able to pocket almost all the money he made during his grueling five year stint.

Flush with his railroad earnings, Barker was able to purchase a 600-acre ranch in Yosemite, near the town of Cathay. At age 22, Barker Ledson was an American landowner. Brothers Tom and Stanley came out from Iowa to run the ranch with Barker. While Barker enjoyed nothing more than working the land and working with family, he longed for new opportunity and San Francisco seemed just the place for someone with Barker’s ambition.

Estate Vineyards / AVA

In addition to our 17-acre estate Merlot vineyard, Ledson Winery owns 21 acres of "old-vine" Zinfandel in the town of Sonoma and 5,500 acres in Mendocino County; a small portion of which is planned for Pinot Noir, Syrah and Chardonnay.

We also source grapes from a select group of premiere vineyards throughout California's north and central coast growing regions. We work closely with our grower partners in the following appellations to maximize the varietal character and site signature of our premium Ledson wines.

Alexander Valley:
Alexander Valley borders the Russian River from just south of Healdsburg, north to the Sonoma Mendocino County line. With less influence from the coastal fog, the region tends to be warm, although varying topography, soils and mesoclimates make it diverse enough to do well with a broad range of varietals including Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Zinfandel and Gewürztraminer.

Russian River:
Stretching from Healdsburg in the north to Sebastopol and along the Russian River to the Pacific ocean, the Russian River AVA encompasses close to 10,000 acres of vineyard plantings, most of which are planted to bench land and valley floor. The region's cool climate, defined by fog intrusion from the Pacific Ocean and its proximity to the river, make it ideal for the production of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Small amounts of Johannisberg Riesling and Gewürztraminer have also done very well in the Russian River Valley.

Dry Creek Valley:
Paralleling the Alexander Valley in its northwest-to-southeast orientation, the Dry Creek Valley is bordered by Geyserville to the north and Healdsburg to the south and boasts more than 6,000 acres of vines. The region enjoys a long growing season and on average is wetter and warmer than Russian River. The region's signature red soils and long, warm growing season incredibly muscular Zinfandel as well as good examples of Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling.

Sonoma Valley:
Cradled between Sonoma Mountain to the west and the Mayacamas Mountains to the east, the Sonoma Valley, also known as Valley of the Moon runs from Santa Rosa in the north to the San Pablo Bay in the south. The Valley, although small, has an amazing tapestry of microclimates, elevations and soil types. It is as viticulturally diverse as regions much larger. In the southern, fog-infused Carneros region, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay shine, while the warmer, up-valley bench lands favor the production of Merlot, Cabernet and Zinfandel.

Napa Valley:
Unquestionably the best known of all California wine regions, Napa Valley stretches 30 miles from Calistoga south to where the Napa River meets the San Francisco Bay. The valley floor varies from three to four miles wide in the south to less than one mile wide in the north. Most of the grapes are planted to the valley floor and lower hillsides. In fact with over 36,000 acres in vine, there is little land left for new vineyard development. The heart of the valley produces some of the world's finest Cabernet Sauvignon, while the marine-influenced Carneros region to the south produces exceptional Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Merlot.

Knights Valley:
Situated between Alexander Valley to the north and Napa Valley to the south, the tiny Knights Valley is planted to approximately 1,000 acres of vine and enjoys a warm growing climate. The appellation is best known for its Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc.

Lodi:
The Lodi AVA is located 100 miles east of San Francisco between Stockton and Sacramento. The San Joaquin Delta, which forms the region's western boundary, contributes cooling breezes and the regions' rich alluvial soils. Best known as Zinfandel country - the region accounts for over half of all Zinfandel crushed in California -- Lodi has been gaining recognition for its white grapes as well, most notably Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.

Anderson Valley:
With its surrounding rugged coastline and towering redwoods, Anderson Valley (Mendocino County) is the most majestic and northern of California's coastal region. Although Mendocino tends to be fairly warm, the Anderson Valley appellation enjoys a long, fog-cooled growing season and has established itself as a premier producer of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot. .

Madera:
With over 44,000 acres of wine grapes planted, Madera County is the second most heavily planted county in California. Located in the mid Central Valley, the region's warm climate and fertile soils produce good examples of Chardonnay, Grenache, Merlot and Barbera.

Monterey:
The Monterey AVA spans 32,500 vineyard acres and includes the sub appellations of Salinas Valley, Arroyo Seco, Chalone and Santa Lucia Highlands. The region is defined by two rather extreme climatic influences; the cooling winds that roar in from the Monterey Bay and its almost dessert-like lack of rainfall. In fact Salinas Valley is the only growing region in California to depend entirely on irrigation. White varieties represent close to 68% of the total plantings in Monterey, with Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Johannisberg Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc leading the way.

Lake County:
Located due north of Napa County and directly east of Mendocino County, Lake County is so named for Clear Lake. The region is fairly warm and so most of the vineyards are planted to higher elevations along fairly mountainous terrain, benefitting from the moderating effect of cooler evening temperatures. Lake County is planted to about 3,400 acres in total with the majority devoted to Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Zinfandel.

Contra Costa:
One of the newest AVAs, Contra Costa is located at an inlet to the San Francisco Bay about 30 miles south of Napa Valley. The region, noted for its sandy, well drained soils and maritime influences is best known for it dry farm, old vine Zinfandel.

Awards

2013 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc
Gold Medal & Best of Show - 2014 Best of The Bay - Sauvignon Summit
90 Points, Gold Medal - 2014 Critics Challenge Int'l Wine Competition
2013 Sonoma Coast Viognier
93 Points, Gold Medal - 2014 World Wine Championships
2012 Carneros Chardonnay
93 Points, Gold Medal - 2014 World Wine Championships
91 Points, Gold Medal - 2014 California State Fair
2012 Carneros Chardonnay Reserve
93 Points, Gold Medal - 2014 World Wine Championships
2012 Russian River Valley Chardonnay
96 Points, Platinum Medal - 2014 World Wine Championships
93 Points, Gold Medal - 2014 North Coast Wine Challenge
2012 Anderson Valley Pinot Noir (Future)
91 Points - Pinot File, October 2014
2012 Carneros Pinot Noir 'Valerie's Vineyard'
90 Points - Pinot File, October 2014
2012 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
93 Points, Gold Medal - 2014 World Wine Championships
2012 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir Reserve
Gold Medal - 2014 American Fine Wine Competition
2010 Sonoma Valley Estate Petite Sirah
93 Points, Gold Medal - 2014 World Wine Championships
2010 Sonoma Valley Estate Syrah
91 Points, Gold Medal - 2014 World Wine Championships
2011 Sonoma Valley Estate Syrah
90 Points, Gold Medal - 2014 Sommelier Challenge Int'l Wine Competition
2011 Sonoma Valley Barbera
93 Points, Gold Medal - 2014 North Coast Wine Challenge
2010 Napa Valley Petit Verdot
90 Points, Gold Medal & Cellar Selection - 2014 World Wine Championships
2011 Dry Creek Valley Malbec
90 Points, Gold Medal - 2014 Sommelier Challenge Int'l Wine Competition
2011 Dry Creek Valley 'Old Vine' Zinfandel
Gold Medal - 2014 Winemaker Challenge
2010 Dry Creek Valley 'Old Vine' Zinfandel Reserve
Gold Medal - 2014 American Fine Wine Competition
93 Points, Gold Medal - 2013 World Wine Championships
2011 Howell Mountain Zinfandel
Gold Medal - 2014 Hilton Head Island, SC Int'l Wine Competition
2011 Russian River Valley 'Century Vine' Zinfandel
94 Points, Gold Medal - 2014 World Wine Championships
Gold Medal - 2014 Best of The Bay - Zin Challenge
2011 Sonoma Valley 'Ancient Vine' Zinfandel Reserve
90 Points, Gold Medal - 2014 San Diego Int'l Wine Competition
2011 Dry Creek Valley Cabernet Franc
Double Gold Medal & Best of Show - 2014 Denver Int’l Wine Competition
95 Points, Gold Medal - 2014 World Wine Championships
2010 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
92 Points, Gold Medal & Cellar Selection - 2014 World Wine Championships
2010 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 'Estate' Reserve
Double Gold Medal - 2014 American Fine Wine Competition
2010 Dry Creek Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
92 Points, Gold Medal - 2014 San Diego Int'l Wine Competition
2011 Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon
94 Points, Gold Medal & Cellar Selection - 2014 World Wine Championships
2010 Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
91 Points, Gold Medal - 2014 World Wine Championships
2009 Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve
Double Gold Medal - 2014 American Fine Wine Competition
2010 Sonoma County Cepage
Gold Medal - 2014 Denver Int'l Wine Competition
2009 Knights Valley Bellisimo
Gold Medal & Best of Class - 2014 North of the Gate Wine Competition
2010 Sonoma County Caudalies
Gold Medal - 2014 North of the Gate Wine Competition
2010 Alexander Valley Ti Amo
Double Gold Medal - 2014 American Fine Wine Competition

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Hours

Open Daily 10am - 5pm

Address

7335 Sonoma Hwy
Kenwood, California 95409
United States

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