Sea View Ridge Vineyard

Planted in 1998, Sea View Ridge Vineyard is perched upon Smith Ridge higher and closer to the ocean than Camp Meeting Ridge Vineyard. Sea View has unobstructed views of the rugged coastline, green valleys, and surrounding mountains. Elevations range from 1,400 to 1,800 feet – well above the ocean fog layers that cool the vineyard from below. Like Camp Meeting Ridge, Sea View has a large amount of acreage (327 acres) but only 43 acres under vine and planted almost entirely to Pinot Noir with the exception of 1.7 acres of Pinot Meunier in block 19.

Within Sea View Ridge Vineyard are two delineations based on geology. The Ridge blocks (shaped like a horseshoe) are predominately northwest and southwest exposures consisting of sandstone, greenstone, and conglomerates with shallow gravelly clay loam topsoil. The Frances Thompson blocks are steep slopes and terraces of multiple exposures and consist of very shallow sandy clay loams on friable shale and schist. The uniqueness and diversity of these blocks create wines of complexity and distinction.