At Dominus Winery, Christian Moueix agrees to allow David to "make a little Chardonnay on the side"; David & Carla Ramey start Ramey Wine Cellars.
Larry Hyde of Hyde Vineyards agrees to "find" some Chardonnay.
David calls John Kongsgaard and asks, "Can we custom crush at Luna Winery along with your new brand?"
The harvest from Hyde Vineyard was supposed to yield 10 tons of fruit yet only 2.6 tons come in. Larry "finds" a bit more for a total of 5 tons, yielding 260 cases for our first harvest.
We add Hudson Vineyard Chardonnay.
David leaves Dominus for Rudd Estate.
We move our wine to the new Rudd winery built on the site of the old Girard Winery in Oakville.
First sale of Hyde Chardonnay to CA, NY, IL, FL, MA, & OH distributors.
We begin exporting to the UK.
We add 2000 Russian River & Carneros Chardonnays to the program from Rudd wine in barrel & grape contracts. Fruit sourced and wine made by David. Our production of 1,500 cases goes to 7,500 cases overnight.
We add Cabernet Sauvignon from Jericho Canyon and Diamond Mountain to our production mix. Our first reds!
David leaves Rudd following the 2001 vintage to go independent.
We find a temporary situation in Healdsburg to share a facility to produce our wine.
We can now offer wine direct to consumer with our new winegrower license.
Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay joins the single-vineyard program.
We hire our first employee, Cameron Frey, now VP of Winemaking.
And we hire our second employee, Alice Sprouse, who became our Associate Winemaker.
We purchase equipment like mad to prepare for crush in 2003.
We move into 202 Haydon Street, Healdsburg - our own winery, and currently our red production building.
We add Pedregal Vineyard Cabernet and the Syrah varietal to our portfolio.
We hire David Greene, now our Cellar Master.
Carla pays herself a small salary for the first time!
We launch our first website.
We hire David Fischer, now our VP of Sales & Marketing. David Ramey removes his "sales hat".
We hire Patrice Veneziano, now Direct Sales & Hospitality, originally for order fulfillment and tastings. Carla & David remove more hats.
Paul Smith is hired as a harvest intern. He's now Assistant Cellar Master and Chef.
We purchase a mobile bottling line in partnership with Chateau Montelena.
We move into 25 Healdsburg Avenue, our white wine production building, a build-to-suit winery with a designated consumer tasting room. Carla moves her home office to winery.
Karen Wineberg, our Sales & Marketing Analyst joins our team.
We sign a long term lease for the Pedregal Vineyard in Oakville.
Lydia Cummins, now our Associate Winemaker and Sidebar Winemaker, is hired.
George Staikos, our National Sales Manager stationed in New Jersey for east coast coverage and national accounts, joins the team.
Wine Spectator features Ramey Wine Cellars in an article titled "Mind for Wine".
We hire Silas Rushton, our US Regional Sales Manager, based in Texas for central state sales.
We purchase our first vineyard, Westside Farms, 75 acres with 42 planted in vineyards, on Westside Road in Healdsburg.
Woolsey Road Vineyard Chardonnay is added to our program.
David & Carla's daughter Claire, son Alan, and son-in-law, Ivan Pejovic, join Ramey as harvest interns. Claire later joins the team full time as does Alan after graduating college in 2015. Ivan continues to work part-time as he finishes college classes. Next generation owners in training!
We launch our new, updated website.
Our Russian River Pinot Noir program begins.
We release the first vintage, 2014, of our companion brand, Sidebar Cellars.
We hired Jeff Boyer as US Regional Sales Manager based in San Francisco for west coast distribution.
Jared Bellmore joins our team to help in the cellar.
Will Reed is hired to work in our lab.
Alice Sprouse retires in August.
Alan Ramey joins the winery full-time after working harvests at Veramonte in Chile and Méo-Camuzet in Burgundy.
We continue our progress toward building our new winery and tasting room at Westside Farms.