Despite being the smallest AVA in America, Cole Ranch provides a wide array of varietals for its owners, the Sterling family of Esterlina Winery.
The soils on the 60 acres of planted property are very diverse, making the tiny appellation ideal for a range of vines.
Just a quarter square mile in size, the Cole Ranch AVA (the blue dot) is the smallest appellation in the U.S.
ere at Cole Ranch, climate and soils have converged in a unique microclimate suited to a variety of grapes. Cole planted the varieties he liked to drink: Cabernet Sauvignon
, and fortunately for all of us, Riesling
. He had himself a fine time making his own wine for personal consumption, but for the most part, sold the fruit to neighboring wineries like Fetzer in nearby Hopland, as well as to V. Sattui in Napa and Jordan in Alexander Valley, Blackstone of Monterey, Vision Cellars, Tobin James in Paso Robles, and Handley Cellars in Anderson Valley. Indeed, the Fetzers did admirably with the Cabernet from this property, taking Gold medals in the prestigious Sacramento State Fair in both 1984 and 1985 for the Fetzer Private Reserve Cabernets from Cole Ranch fruit.