When longtime friends Christopher Medlock James and Ames Morison decided to take on the challenge of growing and making wine, they searched for — and found — a very special 335 acres of land on Bell Mountain in Alexander Valley.
Medlock Ames is dedicated to practicing environmental sustainability and the production of premier quality wine. Only 56 acres of the stunning land is planted to grapevines. The rest is untouched, or dedicated to grazing land for its sheep, vegetable gardens, solar-power arrays, and natural ponds. The vineyards are farmed organically with no insecticides, chemical fertilizers, or herbicides.
They "employ" sheep and miniature bulls to eat unwanted vegetation, and welcome wildlife to pass through safe corridors to limit damage to their vines, and stress to the land’s natural residents. Chris and Ames believe that this way of farming leads to the production of superior quality wines.
Their commitment to the environment follows the grapes every step of the way from vine to wine. The winery building, constructed with thick stone walls to maintain a proper temperature, utilizes a gravity-flow system to reduce energy consumption and retain the grapes’ subtle, elegant characteristics. The cellar’s underground location provides natural coolness, reducing the need for artificial temperature control.
Although a visit to the acreage on Bell Mountain can be exhilarating, Chris and Ames recently opened a tasting room in Healdsburg, in the brilliantly restored 150-year-old building that used to house the Alexander Valley Bar and Store. Besides having the opportunity to enjoy Medlock Ames wines, guests can enjoy fresh produce in season from the property’s organic gardens and olive orchard, and cocktails from a full liquor bar menu—a feature that’s making Medlock Ames popular with wine tourers and locals alike.
WHAT TO BUY:
13414 Chalk Hill Rd
Healdsburg, CA 95448
Tasting Room Open Daily 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
SPECIAL NOTES: Organic farming practices, culinary events, scenic view, wine club events, snacks available.
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