As the popularity of our wines grew, our growers were unable to keep up with the increased demand. The next logical step was to start growing some of our own grapes.
In 1998, we purchased the Drake property in Guerneville—a riverside orchard which had once provided apples for Gerber baby foods—and started cultivating Pinot Noir grapes on the land.
In 2009, Wine Enthusiast Magazine awarded our 2007 Litton Estate Pinot Noir a score of 100 points, marking the first time a major wine publication gave a California Pinot Noir a perfect score. We take great pride that this prestigious honor went to a wine made entirely with grapes from one of our own Estate vineyards.