Welcome to our ranch in Northern California Wine Country! No, I’m not talking about Napa, and I’m not talking about Sonoma. I’m talking about Mendocino County: the cool, rebel cousin of Napa and Sonoma. We do things a little differently around here. We’re a little more rural and rugged, less commercialized and yet known for producing some great wines.
We are a family of eighth generation farmers and launching our own wine label a few, short years ago has become a fun venture for us three sisters. Going back to the beginning, we grew up on our ranch in a farmhouse built in 1856 that once served as a Pony Express stagecoach stop. From those old windows, we watched our dad worked many harvests in our backyard. Our dad actually started working grape harvest while dating our mom in high school. His father in law (our grandpa Jack L. Cox) recruited him to work on the ranch, gave him a stack of books and told him, “Here, read these and figure out how to grow grapes.”
Now, we work harvest alongside our dad to create wines that tell stories, create memories, and honor the land our family has been farming for many generations. We are proud to be CCOF (Certified Organic) and strongly believe organic grapes produce the purest expressions of the varietals and land on which they are farmed.
A lot of people wonder what a day in the life looks like for us. Sometimes, our mornings begin with a barrel tasting at the winery. Right now, we are working on a smooth red blend to be bottled this summer.
During harvest, we work very long hours alongside our dad testing fruit Brix (sugars), driving tractors, pulling leaves from the grape bins, loading and unloading fruit onto the trucks and all the other tasks that go along with harvest.
In the office, we work on shipping out wine orders, designing wine labels, and dreaming up events and giveaways. There is so much involved with owning this business and we definitely wear a lot of hats (literally and figuratively). It’s hard work, but the reward is so worth it! We love sharing our wine with other wine lovers and although we don’t currently have a tasting room, we’re enjoying popping up at public events. We are also very involved with Ag leadership with the Farm Bureau; it is so important to be an Ag-vocate and show the benefits of supporting local farmers.