Keefer ranch vineyard
Russian river valley
Keefer Ranch Vineyard was planted in 1988 by Marcy Keefer and her husband Robert, a retired doctor who took night classes on grape farming before diving into the deep end and establishing the site. Eleven years later, a handshake deal with a certain Pittsburgher would create Failla's first vineyard-designate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Now, much to our delight, Failla Wines and Keefer Ranch Vineyard seem to be inexorably entwined.
The site lies in the southwestern-most part of the Green Valley of Russian River Valley, an area noted for its intense morning fog and sandy Goldridge series soils. This combination makes Keefer Ranch a site that provides balanced water, nutrition, and sunlight; all important factors in delivering high-quality, personality-driven fruit.
Currently, 13 planted acres of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are available under the Keefer Ranch name. Failla receives the majority of Marcy's production, and each year the wines we make from this exceptional site remind us why we got into this business in the first place.