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.
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.
Ramey goes global as 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 our first red wine to the portfolio, Cabernet Sauvignon.
David leaves Rudd following the 2001 vintage to go independent.
Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay joins the single-vineyard program.
We hire our first employee, Cameron Frey, now VP of Winemaking.
We add Pedregal Vineyard Cabernet and the Syrah varietal to our portfolio.
We purchase a mobile bottling line in partnership with Chateau Montelena.
We move into our current home for wine production and tasting appointments at 25 Healdsburg Ave.
Lydia Cummins, now our Associate Winemaker, is hired.
Woolsey Road Vineyard Chardonnay is added to our program. David is pictured with George Martinelli and viticultural consultant Daniel Roberts.
Our Russian River Pinot Noir program begins.
Claire and Alan work their first harvest at Ramey. Next generation owners in training!
Alan Ramey joins the winery full-time after working harvests at Veramonte in Chile and Méo-Camuzet in Burgundy.