Rabbit Ridge

Rabbit Ridge was founded in 1981 by Erich Russell in Healdsburg, CA. The winery quickly became known for some of the best value wines, as well as many highly acclaimed luxury wines in California.

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The winery moved to Paso Robles, CA in 2000 to expand the business and to increase vineyard acreage. Consistent quality and hands-on attention to detail has made Rabbit Ridge a national and international wine brand for over 32 years. Our Mediterranean style winery is an extremely high-tech, gravity flow design that uses the sloping hillsides to transfer wine. The grapes are crushed at the top of the hill. The press area and tank room are 22 feet below the crushing pad. The use of gravity flow is much gentler on the grapes, which helps to preserve the quality of our wines. All of our vineyards in Paso Robles are located on the west side of Highway 101. Erich believes this area of limited water, shallow, rugged, rocky, calcareous soil will produce some of the finest wines in Paso Robles, and among the finest in California. It is common during the growing season for the temperature on the west side to drop from 90° at 3:00 in the afternoon, to 65° by 6:00 pm, and then to 40° at night. Erich planted his vineyards precisely throughout the Paso Robles appellation to take advantage of the unique micro climates and soil characteristics that would best suit each grape variety.