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Rathburn Wines are sourced from the Alexander Valley AVA in Sonoma County
All of our Chardonnay is sourced from Redwood Ranch & Vineyards.
All of Rathburn Wines Chardonnay is sourced from Redwood Ranch & Vineyards. Redwood Ranch is located in the Southern end of Alexander Valley in Sonoma County, California.
The Redwood Ranch has produced high quality grapes for over five decades. They use sustainable farming practices and form long-term relationships with winemakers who create award winning wines from the fruit grown on Redwood Ranch. They are California Certified Organic Farmers and they have received certification by the California Sustainable Wine Growers Alliance.
Donald Rathburn was the winemaker of these Chardonnays. As a young man he fell in love with Alexander Valley Wines. He and his wife lived in Michigan but after a visit to Northern California he began to dream of making his own wines. He spent many an evening torturing friends with conversations about making wine. He and friends looked at buying a vineyard and then he had the great fortune to meet the owners of a custom crush facility and apprenticed at their winery.
Over the course of 20 years and many visits to California they bought a house in Healdsburg and begin to realize his dream of making wine. He made friends and deep personal connections with some of the best winemakers in the region and began to make his own Chardonnay. Don passed away in 2016 before his last Chardonnay was bottled. His wife and dear friends made sure the wine was bottled. Wines are best when they represent a story, a history or a feeling. These wines have all three