The High Valley AVA rises between 1,600 and 3,000 ft. elevation in the Coastal Ranges of northeastern Lake County. Thanks to the high elevation and cool breezes from the oldest lake in North America, it is one of the coolest appellations in Lake County. We run 1,000 head of sheep on these vineyards, composting the weeds into nutrients for the red, rocky volcanic soils. These are intensely flavored grapes, and we craft them into wines that capture the character of this remarkable region.
The elevation, soil and unique climate in Lake County add to the complexity of this wine. Our Shannon Ridge Single Vineyard Collection exemplifies the commitment to and mastery of sustainable farming. Our "Ovis Cycle" of farming integrates sheep into the vineyards to control weeds, naturally fertilize the vines and provide wool and protein to our families. This wine is a true reflection of the people who made it and the place it was grown.