Our Story

Founded in 1978 by Gary Andrus, Pine Ridge Vineyards sits in the heart of the Stags Leap District of Napa Valley, famous for Cabernet Sauvignon wines of distinctive power and elegance.

Our Story

Founded in 1978 by Gary Andrus, Pine Ridge Vineyards sits in the heart of the Stags Leap District of Napa Valley, famous for Cabernet Sauvignon wines of distinctive power and elegance.

Today, the winery owns estate vineyards in five premier Napa Valley appellations: Stags Leap District, Howell Mountain, Oakville, Rutherford, and Carneros. Everyone on our team, from vineyard to cellar, is united in the desire to create wines that honor their remarkable origins with unique expression.

Timeline

1978

Pine Ridge Vineyards is founded in the Stags Leap District by Gary and Nancy Andrus with 50 acres of vineyards

 

 

Farmhouse tasting room

 

 

Tom Cottrell was the first winemaker for Pine Ridge Vineyards. Wines were made at Dick Shown & Son in Rutherford for the first couple of vintages

First vintage of Rutherford Pine Ridge Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon is released

Wine Country artist Sebastian Titus designs first label for Pine Ridge Vineyards

1979

First vintage of Stags Leap District Chardonnay is released

First phase of construction on new winery begins

1980

First vintage of Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon is released

1983

Stacy Clark winemaker from 1983-2008

Celebrations

1984

McKinnon Vineyard (8 acres) in Carneros is purchased

1985

Locked Horns Vineyard (6.5 acres) in Stags Leap District is purchased

1986

Dos Olivos Vineyard (28 acres) in Oakville is purchased

1987

Construction begins on winery caves

1991

Leucadia National Corporation, led by Ian Cumming and Joe Steinberg, takes partial ownership position at Pine Ridge Vineyards

1993

Olive Pond Vineyard (5 acres) in Carneros is purchased

Circle Hill Vineyard (13 acres) in Stags Leap District is purchased

1994

Rutherford Ranch Vineyard (57 acres) in Rutherford is purchased

1995

Collines Vineyard (47 acres) in Carneros is purchased

Cornerstone Vineyard (8 acres) in Stags Leap District is purchased

Pine Ridge Vineyards Chenin Blanc + Viognier

Pine Ridge launches unique white blend of Chenin Blanc + Viogner packaged in hock bottle

2000

Chihuly glass art purchased

2002

Leucadia completes 100 percent buyout of Pine Ridge Vineyards

Las Posadas Vineyard (20 acres) in Howell Mountain is purchased

Final phase of winery caves is completed

1999 Pine Ridge Vineyards Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon ranks #4 in Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines

2000 Pine Ridge Vineyards Dijon Clones Chardonnay ranks #46 in Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines

2003

Gustavo Aviña joins Pine Ridge Vineyards as vineyard manager

First vintage of FORTIS is produced by Pine Ridge Vineyards

2006

First vintage of Pine Ridge Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is released

2007

Leucadia subsidiary, Crimson Wine Group is named and formed

2009

Michael J Beaulac joins Pine Ridge Vineyards as winemaker

2013

Crimson Wine Group is spun-off from Leucadia as a separate company and founders Ian Cumming and Joe Steinberg remain as leading shareholders and Board Directors