It was in the early 1980’s that the Flowers story started. Joan & Walt Flowers owned a nursery in Pennsylvania and would take frequent trips to California to buy seeds and learn about West Coast plants. It was during these trips that their knowledge of viticulture and wine started, igniting a passion in both of them for West Coast wines. In 1989, they saw an ad in the back of a magazine advertising a block of land for sale on the first ridgeline by the Pacific ocean. This was uncharted territory and many people warned them off such a risky venture.
They turned on to a narrow road and started the steep trek up the first ridgeline of the Sonoma Coast. Around 1100 feet up, they broke through the thick cloud layer and were welcomed with abundant sunshine. At this moment they knew farming this land was possible. The site for the vineyard was a large piece of rugged, untouched land that had once been used as a trading ground between the Pomo Indian Tribe and the Russian fur traders. After extensive, meticulous research on the property’s soil, history, and climate, it was time to plant their vineyard.
From here, Flowers grew, and with it its reputation for expressive and elegant wines. The Sea View Ridge vineyard was planted, and they started to implement biodynamic practices in their winemaking. Their wines have rarely received a score lower than 90.
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