Ramona Ranch History
When Micole and I moved to Ramona in 2004, we knew we wanted to live an agricultural lifestyle, but were not sure what exactly that would be. I knew I wanted to raise chickens and have a horse, all of which I’d been lucky enough to do growing up near the Oregon coast. We saw a notice for a meeting of the Ramona Valley Vineyard Association (RVVA) and went, finding a warm and welcoming group that today continues to welcome new members on a monthly basis, moving from individual homes to the Ramona Valley Grill as the number of attendees has increased.
In 2006, we celebrated as a group at our home when Ramona was designated as its own American Viticultural Area (AVA), based on its unique microclimate, terroir and history for grape production. Flash forward six years, and due to the efforts of the RVVA’s leadership and vision, the San Diego Boutique Winery Ordinance is now a reality. The Ramona AVA covers 89,000-acres spread over 139 square miles of primarily rural area, and is home to more than 50 commercial vineyards and 25 bonded wineries.
Ramona Ranch started planting vines in 2006 with a small test vineyard of Petite Sirah, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese, Tempranillo, Merlot, and Mouvedre. In 2010 we planted our larger vineyards on the property consisting of Tannat, Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Symphony, with more to come.
For a wine region to succeed, we must embrace each other, and work together, rather than compete, which is what makes the wine industry a community. I encourage you to ask questions, get out, and become a part of the vineyards and tasting rooms of Ramona. “Vaya con Vino,” Teri and Micole Ramona Ranch Vineyard & Winery.