Nestled in the southern foothills of the Sonoma Valley, the vineyards of Nicholson Ranch are planted in one of the world’s most prized grape-growing regions. The Ranch enjoys a combination of soils, sloping hills and climate that is ideal for producing premium grapes for our handcrafted Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot and Syrah.
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Best to you,
Ramona Nicholson and Deepak Gulrajani
Wines with a True Sense of Place
Geography is only one facet when defining place. True “sense of place” inspires a connection: an authentic attachment infused with a combination of setting, heritage, landscape and even celebration.
Distinctive wines instill a sense of place when they authentically express the vineyard and cellar of origin. Nicholson Ranch wines, grown on a stunningly historic site and vinted by artisan hands, evoke a complex interplay of sensorial perceptions involving the eye, nose, palate and heart.
Nicholson Ranch is a small family-owned artisan winery situated on 160 windswept acres midway between the acclaimed Sonoma and Napa Valleys. Noted for sumptuous Pinot Noir, Nicholson Ranch boasts panoramic views of Sonoma Valley and Carneros. The winery is impressively elegant yet gracious and welcoming.
Nicholson Ranch is most noted for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from the family’s esteemed estate vineyards in the rolling hills of Sonoma Valley. The passion behind the label is Ramona Nicholson and her husband, Deepak Gulrajani. They have garnered a reputation for innovation and made Nicholson Ranch one of the most distinctive and sought-after wine brands in California. Together Ramona and Deepak oversee the family viticulture and winemaking programs as a hands-on team.
Ramona’s parents, Socrates and Bettye Nicholson, acquired the property in 1962. Ramona was raised in the original ranch house and grew up helping out with chores. In 1995, their first child was born and Ramona and Deepak moved their own family back to the ranch. By that time they had determined that the site was ideal for winegrowing and started planting vineyards in 1996. The caves were dug in 2000 and the state-of-the-art, gravity-flow winery was completed in 2003. The first Nicholson Ranch wine was harvested in 2000.
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