Estate vineyard

Fort Ross-Seaview

To me, ‘terroir’ is distilling a place down to its essence using grapes as the medium.
— Ehren Jordan

Fruits of our labor

Our Estate Property boasts a whopping 11 acres of planted vineyards on an 81.85 acre parcel several miles east of the Pacific Ocean.

We have farmed organically since the beginning, adding compost and oyster-shell lime, hand-hoeing the weeds, and planting nitrogen-fixing cover-crops in the fall.  The vines are also dry farmed; our property has the pleasure of being off the power grid and blessed with natural springs.  This means the vineyard’s water is muscled hundreds of vertical feet uphill by solar power and metered out miserly. We picked our first fruit from this vineyard in 2001, and have steadily increased production in the years since.


The relatively small region within the Sonoma Coast AVA that our vineyard shares with those of Marcassin, Flowers, Hirsch, Martinelli, and Peter Michael, among others, is characterized by minimum elevations of 1000 feet, (keeping us just above the fog line), and distances from the ocean of 1-3 miles as the crow flies which keeps temperatures lower than average.   In fact, an initiative led by the West Sonoma Coast Vintners has worked to create the recently established Fort Ross-Seaview sub-AVA to better define the unique area we've all chosen to best express our varietals' potential.

the Estate Vineyard has quietly prospered into a source that is not only consistent in quality, but dynamic and singular in its expressive personality.
— Ehren Jordan

Vinous Gives the Failla 2015 Estate Fort Ross-Seaview Chardonnay 94 Points!!

Wine Enthusiast gives the 2010 Failla Estate  fort ross-seaview Syrah 95 Points!!

The 2015 Chardonnay Estate Vineyard is a wine where so many Failla signatures come together. The marginal characteristics of this coastal Sonoma site balance some of the richer qualities of the year. Orange peel, smoke, butter and tangerine fill out the wine’s frame effortlessly.
— Antonio Galloni
Failla is so well known for Pinot Noir that we sometimes forget how good their estate syrah can be...Among the best syrahs of the year, it’s gorgeous now, and should develop over the next six years.
— Wine Enthusiast