California Wineries

Founder’s Ranch

Overview

Founder’s Ranch, established in the heart of Napa Valley near the town of St. Helena, celebrates the spirit of Napa Valley’s original founders… it was here, in 1875, that a group of influential vintners came together to create the St. Helena Viticultural Club, with the shared mission to create world-class wines in Napa Valley. These pioneering founders set the course for Napa’s famed reputation through their tireless crusade to find the ideal varietals to grow in Napa’s best terroir. Equally importantly, their collaborative spirit created the strong winemaking community that led Napa Valley to become one of the worlds most renowned winemaking destinations. Their founding spirit and determination endures today through Founder’s Ranch 1875.

This collection of wines highlights the unique and impressive terroirs of Napa Valley while imbuing the founding spirit of the St. Helena Viticultural Club into each one. The red Wines have a touch of St. Helena fruit from the Founder’s Ranch vineyard. Originally planted in the late 1900s and returned to vineyards in the 1960s, the land and its historical barn are uniquely positioned on the southern edge of St. Helena on gravelly alluvial fan soils with excellent drainage. It is currently undergoing certification to become Certified Napa Green, Organic, and Biodynamic.

Our Wines

  • This collection of wines highlights the unique and impressive terroirs of Napa Valley while imbuing the founding spirit of the St. Helena Viticultural Club into each one. The red Wines have a touch of St. Helena fruit from the Founder’s Ranch vineyard. Originally planted in the late 1900s and returned to vineyards in the 1960s, the land and its historical barn are uniquely positioned on the southern edge of St. Helena on gravelly alluvial fan soils with excellent drainage. It is currently undergoing certification to become Certified Napa Green, Organic, and Biodynamic.
  • This collection of wines highlights the unique and impressive terroirs of Napa Valley while imbuing the founding spirit of the St. Helena Viticultural Club into each one. The red Wines have a touch of St. Helena fruit from the Founder’s Ranch vineyard. Originally planted in the late 1900s and returned to vineyards in the 1960s, the land and its historical barn are uniquely positioned on the southern edge of St. Helena on gravelly alluvial fan soils with excellent drainage. Enticing aromas of pear, green apple, lemon zest and key lime pie waft from the glass. Crisp flavors of mango and peach are complimented by notes of toasted almonds and honeysuckle. This Chardonnay has a lovely mouthfeel and bright acidity that leads to a nice subtle creaminess and lime zest on the finish.
  • This collection of wines highlights the unique and impressive terroirs of Napa Valley while imbuing the founding spirit of the St. Helena Viticultural Club into each one. The red Wines have a touch of St. Helena fruit from the Founder’s Ranch vineyard. Originally planted in the late 1900s and returned to vineyards in the 1960s, the land and its historical barn are uniquely positioned on the southern edge of St. Helena on gravelly alluvial fan soils with excellent drainage. The grapes were harvested from vineyards mostly found on the valley floor across Napa. Picked in the early morning hours to maintain freshness, the grapes went through extended maceration and the wine was aged for 18 months in 20% new French oak before being bottled.