photo by Chris Clemente
Winegrower/poet/surfer Bill Hawley began to pioneer Random Ridge in 1980. At the end of a remote fire road at 2200 feet on California's stunning Mount Veeder, he built a house for his young family with recycled lumber. The next year he cleared and planted a 10-acre vineyard right on the Napa-Sonoma County ridgeline. Today from the home and vineyard the views of Mount Tamalpais and the San Francisco Bay still dazzle the southern horizon and the sun sets over Sonoma Mountain. The vineyard's intense fruit now yields a limited production of exceptional wines that are spicy, extracted, and rich: "wines with alti-dude."
Emile (with machete), Zane, and Bill Hawley 1985
a few decades later
northeast vineyard view w/tepee