Perhaps the preeminent publication on the wine industry, Wine Business Monthly, recently released their July 2018 issue and one of the main highlighted features in the issue related to the top vineyards in Sonoma County based on planted acreage. Out of 100 vineyards listed, we were ranked 46th ... which was pretty exciting for us to hear. Although this ranking is based solely on physical size, indirectly our ranking on this list has a lot to do with our determination, fortitude and the sacrifices we have made.
Unlike corporations that acquire established vineyards through multi-million dollar deals, every acre that we have under vine has been planted by our family. To us, that's a huge deal. Corporate vineyards acquisitions are becoming more commonplace as barriers to entry for new vineyards plantings have become more stringent. According to Wine Business Monthly, there are roughly 60,000 planted acres in Sonoma County that are divided among 1,800 vineyards. Of these 1,800 existing vineyards, 80% are less than 100 acres in size and 40% are less than 20 acres. In addition, out of all the vineyards that are 100 acres or less, 85% are family-owned.
For us to be a family-owned vineyard and have the level of success we have achieved is a major source of pride and keeps us eternally grateful. Starting with the first vines planted in 1982 by our founder Dale Ricci, and culminating with the 216 acres we currently have under vine, we have been building our vineyard through countless hours of hard work and perseverance. For us at Ricci Vineyards, our operation will always be a family institution that hopefully we can maintain and expand upon, both in the present, and for many future generations to come.