Occidental ridge Vineyard

sonoma coast

If one can accept that there is ‘the wild’ of the true Sonoma Coast, out to our west, and ‘the mild’ of the central Russian River viticultural areas, we are right between the two. Our vineyard seems to express the best of both worlds.
— Richard Radcliffe, 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.

The Farming Family of  Occidental Ridge Vineyard

The Farming Family of Occidental Ridge Vineyard


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…

Rows at Occidental Ridge

Dark fruits with tightly packed cluster

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.

Antonio Galloni gives the 2012 Failla Occidental Ridge Pinot Noir 93 points!!

A textured, layered Pinot, the Occidental Ridge is graced with...style and considerable appeal
— Antonio Galloni's Vinous Media

Very impressive Pinot.
— Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
A brilliant effort is the 2012 Occidental Ridge.
— Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Wine Enthusiast gives the 2010 Failla Occidental Ridge Pinot Noir 97 Points!

This is an astonishingly good pinot noir that immediately shows the Sonoma Coast virtues of dryness, acidity, firm minerality, complexity and age worthiness.
— Wine Enthusiast