Doc’s Ranch Vineyard has played a notable role in the rise of the Sonoma Coast as a distinctive winegrowing region. Vineyard-designated wines from its fruit have enjoyed critical acclaim for over a decade. First planted in 1999 and then expanded in 2008, Doc’s Ranch Vineyard now comprises nine acres of densely-planted vines on over twenty-one total acres. It is located in one of the biggest appellations in California – the Sonoma Coast, which covers a sprawling 750 square miles along coastal highlands from the Mendocino border to San Pablo Bay. More specifically, you will find it perched on a ridge in “West County,” a pristine area of redwoods and fir trees south of the Russian River between the towns of Occidental and Bodega Bay. It is here where pinot noir is predominant, and it is here where growers and winemakers work feverishly to protect the landscape, culture, and history of the West Sonoma Coast.
The name originates from “Doc” van Alstyne, a long-time resident and former landowner of vast acreage encompassing the ridge where the vineyard is located. From the vineyard, one can clearly see both the Pacific Ocean and Point Reyes National Seashore – a constant reminder of the site’s coastal influence.