Shake Ridge Vineyards was originally settled in the 1870s by Italian immigrants who hand cleared a portion of the ranch. Although too late for the Gold Rush, they raised cattle, established fruit and olive orchards, tended vegetable plots and cultivated wine grapes to provide ‘vittles’ to the mining camps.
After the camps closed, the ranch reverted to pastureland for over eighty years, until the Kraemers planted Zinfandel, Rhone varietals, Barbera, Tempranillo and Petite Sirah in 2003.
In 2009, twelve additional acres were planted with the same care and detail for a total of 46 acres of premium vineyards.
That's what we want our grapes to be, as well as versed in the three C's of viticulture - color, concentration and character.
Farming for generations
Shake Ridge grapes are tended with constant attention, yet minimal and judicious intervention. The vines are given limited inputs, but are not asked to carry more crop than they can handle, encouraging strong, healthy plants, that produce wines of the highest quality.
The entire ranch is farmed sustainably – using just enough organic fertilizer and compost to support natural growth; utilizing cover crops for both nutrition and erosion control, attacking pests with natural predators and netting before harvest to prevent birds from making a feast of the delectable grapes.