We wanted to make a wine that was friendly, easy and expressed the laidback attitude of Sonoma County.
The grapes for Spider Chase come from Waterhorse Ridge Vineyard, located in the Fort Ross-Seaview appellation, 1100 feet high on Stewart Ridge, with views of the Pacific Ocean to the west. Across the valley to the south are Hirsch Vineyards and Camp Meeting Ridge. Jesus Velasquez planted the 3-acre vineyard in 1997 and farms it himself.
Waterhorse Ridge soil is a well-drained loam derived from ancient ocean floor sediments and basalts. Jesus farms organically without synthetic pesticides or fertilizers (actually, he doesn’t even own a tractor!). He uses livestock to control the permanent cover crop growth during the winters, and everything else is done by hand. He has historically dry-farmed the vineyard, but has irrigated to help get his vines through recent drought seasons.