Viticulturist Bought This Entire Wine Appellation In Northern California For $2.7 Million

Posted: Aug 07, 2020

Mike Lucia owns an entire Northern California wine appellation.

The owner of Rootdown Wine Cellars recently bought the 150-acre Cole Ranch Appellation for $2.7 million. The unique parcel of land, located near Ukiah, was listed by California Outdoor Properties for $3.3 million, the Sacramento Bee reported last year.

Cole Ranch is the smallest American Viticultural Area (AVA) in the country. The AVA has 55 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon (26.5 acres), Pinot Noir (10.2 acres), Merlot (7 acres) and Riesling (11.5 acres) vines in Mendocino County. Chardonnay grapes also are grown there.

“The plan for the land is to give it sort of a rebirth,” Lucia told The Bee in an email. “We are focusing on true organics and adding life back to the soil with the hopes of being biodynamic in the future. We are also addressing some of the older blocks that were kind of ‘giving up’ and replanting with new root stock and fresh organic compost.”

“There’s also an opportunity for like-minded winemakers to put their influence up at Cole Ranch if they have a specific alpine variety they’d like to plant or graft over,” Lucia added. “My goal is not to make wine from the whole ranch but to start a community and conversation of this genre of grapes and winemaking styles.”

By David Caraccio
August 5, 2020
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