In years past, this was planted to apple orchards that blanketed the neighborhood. Where apples have thrived is a good predictor of high grape quality.
In 2013, Merry and Ken purchased a new home in the Sebastopol Hills region of Russian River Valley. This 23-acre property has a lovely hillside facing the ocean, which is seven miles to the west. Just one-half mile down the road from our Meredith Estate vineyard, this site has full benefit of afternoon cooling fog and coastal breezes. In years past, this was planted to apple orchards that blanketed the neighborhood. Where apples have thrived is a good predictor of high grape quality. The soils are well-drained Goldridge sandy loam, providing another condition needed for excellence. Merry’s UCD 37 clone and Schwarzmann rootstock were chosen for the 10-acre Pinot Noir vineyard planted on the site in 2015.
The name of the vineyard has its origins in Ken’s family history. He grew up living on a 40-acre citrus orchard in Southern California. The family home there was surrounded by an amazing garden, a collection of rare plants tended by his grandfather, B.G. His last name, Richardson, was combined with the word haven in naming the estate – RICHAVEN. We honor Ken’s green heritage with this designation.
About This Vineyard
- ACREAGE: 10 acres
- EXPOSURE: hilltop; west, northwest
- SOIL TYPE: Goldridge Sandy Loam
- YEAR PLANTED: 2015
- ROOTSTOCK: Schwarzmann
- SCION WOOD CLONE: Merry’s UCD 37
- VINE SPACING: 5 x 8 feet. Vertical trellis
- APPELLATION: Russian River Valley