It wasn’t until 1989, when Walt and Joan came across a small, three line classified ad for land on the Northern Sonoma Coast that their dream became a reality. Since their first visit to the property, the Flowers have maintained their belief that this tiny viticultural area could produce Chardonnay and Pinot Noir of the highest quality.
The rugged 321 acre property situated just over two miles from the Pacific Ocean included a ridge top at elevations ranging from 1150′ – 1400′. Expecting the same foggy weather they had experienced along the coast, the Flowers were excited to discover abundant sunshine on the ridge. However, the overall temperature was still relatively cool due to the property’s proximity to the ocean, the cool morning fog below 1000′ and the afternoon sea breezes coming over the ridge.
It did not take Walt and Joan long to see that they were standing on a “warm site in a cool climate,” the ideal growing conditions for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. They purchased the property in 1989 and by 1991 had planted 29 acres on the narrow ridge, long known as Camp Meeting Ridge.