Our Neighbors on Westside Road
An old farming saying goes, “Farmers know that it takes two to be a good neighbor.”
As neighbors, love of the land, living a full and balanced life and helping our kids have a better life are three things we focus on at Gracianna. We are proud to call these Westside folks “neighbors.” Out of geographical luck we share a wonderful spot along the Miracle Mile in Healdsburg, California.
This Russian River Valley hillside vineyard was planted in the early 1970’s and produces low yields of exceptional quality pinot noir.
Arista Winery was founded by the McWilliams family in 2002 with a mission to create the most elegant expression of Russian River Valley Pinot Noir. They are committed to sustainable farming practices and sustainable business practices. They work closely with local growers who share their dedication to sustainability in their vineyards. They do not attempt to manipulate their vineyard sites but instead strive to preserve each vineyard’s natural qualities.
Laurie and Jeffrey Ubben (our next door neighbors!) are proving to be outstanding stewards of the land. The Flax Vineyard produces some of the best fruit in the world along with our other neighbors. They are fabulous neighbors; welcoming, fun and supportive. We are so pleased to have them join the rest of us folks on the Miracle Mile.
HKG Estate Vineyards
The HKG Estate Vineyards are at the other end of the Miracle Mile – down the road on Westside.
Since 1840, generations of agricultural pioneers have worked the 250-acre parcel of land that is now home to our estate vineyards. First known as the Sweet Water Springs Ranch (a stage coach stop), and later as Walters Ranch (hops plantation), the property was turned over to viticulturists eager to grow European wine grapes in the Russian River Valley, and became the Hop Kiln Winery in 1975.
For nearly thirty years, Hop Kiln Winery produced a variety of award winning and crowd-pleasing wines, attracting many loyal fans and followers. Today the Landmark HKG Estate Vineyards comprise more than 100 acres of ultra-premium vineyards made up of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio.
With three generations of dedication to the land, Rochioli Vineyards and Winery has earned the reputation as one of Sonoma County’s finest wineries. This family legacy began in 1938, when Joe Rochioli Sr. purchased land he had long farmed. He had the foresight to know that the soil of the Russian River Valley would one day produce some of the world’s greatest wines. His son Joe Jr. embraced this vision and today craft renowned, terrior-driven wines built on a foundation of superb fruit.
The result has been a decades-long tradition of outstanding vintages: Silky-smooth, fruit-forward Pinot Noirs; rich, opulent Chardonnays; and tangy, food-friendly Sauvignon Blancs. Always in demand, always revered and always rated among the best varietals to be sought anywhere in the world. This commitment to quality is unwavering and their promise to everyone who uncorks a bottle of their wine.
Westside Farms Vineyard
This historic ranch was first established through the Spanish Land Grant in 1869 by the Litton Family of Healdsburg, and consisted of about 640 acres of pasture and farmland. The farm has seen changes in generations as it moved from horse-drawn farm equipment and growing grain & corn until 1930’s, then entered the age of autos and machinery as it became a hop farm (growing hops to flavor beer) until 1952, then a prune ranch that peaked in the 1970’s after which it began to die and fade away until it was sold to Pam and Ron Kaiser in 1988, when it became known as Westside farms. Now consisting of 65+/- acres, the Kaisers revived and restored this traditional family farm. The original farmhouse still stands with sloping floors and doorways that are a little crooked. The Ramey’s now own the farm.
Our neighbor winery owned by John and Kathe Dyson. They purchased Williams Selyem Winery in 1998 from its founders, Burt Williams and Ed Selyem. The Dysons were hand picked as the buyers because Burt and Ed wanted someone already in the wine business and someone who had been on their customer list. As customer number 2080, John and Kathe had been on the list for years and, with Millbrook Winery in New York, as well as vineyards in the Central Coast of California, the Dysons were well qualified to carry on the traditions painstakingly built by the founders.