McIlroy Cellars

About

Today McIlroy Wines has accumulated more than 50 Gold medals and 150 awards in ten years of wine competitions. The McIlroy Aquarius Ranch Chardonnay was the White Wine Sweepstakes Winner at the 1998 Los Angeles County Fair Wine Competition. The McIlroy Zinfandel was named the Best Zinfandel in California at the 1998 State Fair and was the Grand Champion at the 2000 Pacific Rim International Wine Competition. We are a small winery and Will does all the winemaking and most of everything else with help from Merry and his daughter, Julia. We take pride in making unique single vineyard and small-lot wine at reasonable prices. Today our production is around 4000 cases and we source grapes from our family vineyard and other small independent growers in Sonoma County. Every year we make Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot Noir, and Zinfandel as well as small lots of other wine. We hope you enjoy our wine, and that it makes your celebrations or quiet dinners more special.

Location Description

Located in the heart of Forestville, California.

Contact

Fax: 707-838-6202

Features

  • Local Sonoma County winery with an experienced winemaker

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History

The seeds for McIlroy Wines were planted in 1972 when Will McIlroy and his family purchased a fifty-two acre farm on Westside Road in Sonoma County. They planned to clear the existing prune orchard and grow premium wine grapes. With a small investment of money and a lot of work, what is now known as Aquarius Ranch was born. Today the McIlroy's grow some of the best wine grapes in the Russian River Valley Appellation.

Will received a degree in winemaking from U.C. Davis in 1982. Merry and Will met at Davis and were married in 1983. In 1990 while working at Davis Bynum Winery, Will had the chance to make wine commercially. The first crush yielded 290 cases of Chardonnay. The 1990 Aquarius Ranch Chardonnay won 3 gold medals and 7 awards overall.

Awards

1999 Cabernet Franc - Salzgeber Vineyard, Russian River Valley
Gold medal 2001 West Coast Wine Competition
Silver medal
2001 California State Fair

Silver medal
2002 New World International Wine Competition

Silver medal 2002 Grand Harvest Awards Competition
Silver medal 2002 S.F. Chronicle Wine Competition
2000 Chardonnay - Aquarius Ranch, Russian River Valley
87 points Wine Enthusiast, September 2002
Highly Recommended The Beverage Testing Institute (87 points)
Double Gold medal 2002 El Dorado County Fair Wine Competition
Silver medal 2002 S.F. Chronicle Wine Competition
Silver medal 2002 Pacific Rim International Wine Competition
Silver medal 2002 San Diego National Wine Competition
2000 Late Harvest Gewürztraminer, Aquarius Ranch
Best Buy Wine Enthusiast (89 points)
Gold medal 2002 New World International Wine Competition
Best of Class 2002 New World International Wine Competition
Best New World Gewürztraminer 2002 New World International Wine Competition
Top 100 Values 2002 Wine Enthusiast
1999 Merlot Aquarius Ranch R.R.V.
87 points Wine Enthusiast, September 2002
Highly recommended The Beverage Testing Institute (86 points)
1999 Pinot Noir Aquarius Ranch R.R.V.
Silver medal 2001 S. F. Chronicle Wine Competition
1999 Signature Edition Chardonnay R.R.V.
Gold medal 2001 Los Angeles County Fair Wine Competition
Gold medal 2001 California State Fair Wine Competition
94 points 2001 California State Fair Wine Competition
Best Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2001 California State Fair Wine Competition
Silver medal 2001 Pacific Rim International Wine Competition
1998 Zinfandel Porter-Bass Vineyard R.R.V.
Silver medal 2000 Pacific Rim International Wine Competition

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Address

P.O. Box 1387
Forestville, California 95436
United States

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