Climate Grape Growing In
The Vineyard Russian
River Valley Green
VINEYARD PROFILES Angel Camp Azaya Ranch Cherry Ridge Devil's Gulch Emerald Ridge Fox Den Freestone Hill Green Valley JJJS Maurice Galante McDougall Mill Station Morelli Lane Rued Shop Block Silva Walker Hill
Located on a steep, convoluted hillside adjacent to the Point Reyes Peninsula in far western Marin County, Devil's Gulch is a dramatic and spectacular planting. Mark Pasternak, one of Marin County's viticultural pioneers, has been farming and ranching in Nicasio with his family since the 1970s. He began planting grapes on the property in 1980, which he sold for sparkling wine. After seeing the potential for exceptional quality Pinot Noir that the extremely unique climatic situation and shallow sandstone soils provided, he planted this vineyard in 1998. The Pasternak family lives on the property in a house that Mark began building himself in 1974, and which is an ongoing work in progress. The ranch combines steep terraces (up to 60% grade), shallow soil, the harsh climate of the Marin coast, protected exposures, and well-chosen Dijon clonal selections to produce a small crop of unique fruit.