In a slice of grape-growing heaven called Redwood Valley, just north of Ukiah, you will find Chase Vineyards nestled between oak groves and other multi-generational farms. The Chase family has been growing grapes in the Redwood Valley AVA of Mendocino County since 1947.
Third-generation farmer Lorne Chase has operated Chase Vineyards for the past 25 years. Chase farms this 38-acre vineyard in addition to his full-time position as a foreman for Granite Construction. Established by his grandfather over 70 years ago, Chase Vineyards grows some of the region’s notable red varieties: Zinfandel, petite sirah and carignane.
Chase has always taken great pride in land stewardship and sustainable farming, even before his operation became CCOF organic certified in 2005. His vineyards grow rich with volunteer nemagon mustard each spring, and the soil composition is healthy due to his yearly rendering of organic compost. Chase works closely with the winemakers who purchase his fruit to ensure he delivers the highest quality possible, but this didn’t start with him. His father, Leroy Chase, built lasting relationships with the winemakers of Mendocino County, including Rich Parducci, winemaker of McNab Ridge Winery
“Recognizing the exceptional quality of the fruit, my family began working with the Chase family nearly five decades ago and selected this vineyard to make McNab Ridge’s inaugural zinfandel in 2002. In honor of Chase’s exemplary stewardship, we have produced this zinfandel without the use of any added sulfites, further preserving the terroir that is the Chase Vineyard.” – Rich Parducci