Arrowood: Wines from the best hillside, Mountain and Maritime Influenced Vineyards in Sonoma County

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richard barrel room cropped.jpgWinemaster Richard Arrowood
Born in San Francisco and raised in Santa Rosa, California, Richard started his winemaking career in 1965 at Korbel Champagne Cellars, after earning a degree in organic chemistry at California State University, Sacramento and completing graduate work in enology at California State University, Fresno.  From Korbel he moved on, first to United Vintners, the Sonoma Vineyards, and in 1974 was chosen by the founders of Chateau St. Jean Winery to become the first employee as Winemaster, and eventually, executive vice president.  Chateau St. Jean wines quickly received critical acclaim and Richard gained a worldwide reputation for producing superb wines, 

In April, 1990, after sixteen years with Chateau St. Jean, Richard once again moved on--to devote himself full-time to Arrowood Vineyards & Winery.  It is here that Richard has been able to achieve his goal of producing wines of singular, exceptional quality, without compromise.

His original plan was to produce reserve quality Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon only; however, Richard's drive and passion for making wine left him unable to resist working with unusual varietals and what he considered to be exceptional fruit.  The Arrowood portfolio has expanded to include limited quantities of Merlot, Viognier, Pinot Blanc, Late Harvest wines, Malbec, Syrah, Gewürztraminer, La Rose, and a few special reserve wines.
04 Arrowood Malbec grapes in_bin.jpgRichard Arrowood's Philosophy:
"Truly remarkable, highly flavorful wines have much to do with the terroir and how the fruit is handled and processed at the winery.  Like a physician, our first duty is do no harm.  Paying close attention to the details of terroir and oenological methodologies that allow the winemaker to extract these important components from the grape itself is crucial. The health of the soil is another key element to the overall health of the grapes, and when you are growing wines in the vineyard, organically and sustainably grown vines tend to grow better wines.

ARROWOOD SingleResCab.jpgFor added complexity, there is also the practice of attenuating the amount of fruit each vine is allowed to bear.  In many cases depending upon variety, we heavily thin the clusters of grapes, producing a much smaller crop than would otherwise have been harvested.  That said, I think what has to be remembered is the "winemaker's art" is essentially what contributes to the wine, its special personality and flavor profile.  As the old saying goes, you can make poor wine from great grapes if you don't know what you are doing."

Arrowood Vineyards & Winery
14347 Sonoma Highway
Glen Ellen, CA 95442


Special Tasting Offer
Spring has sprung and what better way to see it then visiting Sonoma Valley. Stop by Arrowood Vineyards & Winery and enjoy a complementary Classic Tasting for two along with a great view of the vineyards and gracious hospitality.


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