Occidental ridge Vineyard
Richard and Darla Radcliffe, the owners of Occidental Ridge Vineyard, with sons Ben and Nick and faithful 'Dog of the Sun' Apollo.
After 20 years in the restaurant industry as a chef in San Francisco, Richard sought to tackle a new existence and challenge - in the world of winegrape farming. The main inspiration for this change was his experience helping a few years with harvest/crush operations at his cousin’s winery in Calistoga. Escaping 14 hour, 6-7 day weeks probably played into that as well.
Darla Radcliffe, with a background in education and the fine arts, is committed to the principles of horticulture, permaculture, beekeeping, vineyard work and the occasional shoulder to cry on for Richard during difficult vintages…
In 2004, Richard and Darla were lucky enough to have found a young, established vineyard above the town of Occidental. After receiving mentorship, taking viticulture classes, reading everything he could get his hands on, and investing in equipment, Richard has taken on all the day-to day management of this vineyard.