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Located along the Sonoma Coast in the Fort Ross-Seaview AVA, Fort Ross Vineyard and Winery produces Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinotage from hand-picked, estate fruit. Owners Lester and Linda Schwartz met at the University of Cape Town, South Africa in the 1960s and moved to California’s Sonoma Coast in 1976. They bought 970 acres, 50 of which are planted to grapes on predominately well drained, gravelly loam. Their attention to detail is legendary they did exhaustive tests before planting carefully selected clones and rootstocks and have taken over 10 years to complete planting. Jeff Pisoni of Pisoni Vineyards and Winery and Lucia Vineyards is the current winemaker. [+]