Home & Winery

In 1986, Squire and Suzy Fridell packed up their three-year old daughter and all their worldly goods to trade the freeways and the sand of Southern California for the back roads and fertile soil of Sonoma Valley. They purchased twenty-six acres of raw land, just north of the Village of Glen Ellen. The gentle rolling hills were covered with poison oak, oak trees, manzanita trees, madrone trees, bay trees, and a few redwoods. They cut a few of the trees and put in a road, got poison oak, dug a well and brought in power, got more poison oak, built their Cottage, hand-planted two acres of grapevines, and got a lot more poison oak. After a year of Calamine lotion, itching, and cottage living, they got rid of most of the poison oak, built their new home on top of the hill, started building their winery, planted a second vineyard and created a new life for themselves.



They don't miss the Southern California freeway system (or the poison oak). At all.

Our closest neighbors are wild boar, red fox, coyote, hawks, turkey vultures, skunks, raccoons, owls, quail, deer and too many gophers to count.

We also feel that our property is blessed with the Ghost of Suzy’s ancestor, Diarmid O'Duibthne, usually accompanied by his close friend, Dionysos (Greek God of Wine, Fertility and Theatre). They both have been spotted more than once in the wee hours of the morn, walking amongst the vines (Diarmid walks with a noticeable limp), overflowing glasses of GlenLyon Syrah in hand, laughing and enjoying each other’s company immensely.

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