Occidental Road Cellars

occrd-abtOccidental Road Cellars began in 2005 with the inspiration to continue a long standing family farming tradition. Richard and Joelle Prather are the 4th generation to farm land that has been in the family since 1910. Joelle’s father, the late Vince Pedroia, was the first to plant the vineyards in 1996. For many years he sold his fruit to several prominent Sonoma and Napa County wineries.

It was Richard’s love of farming and winemaking that led him to take over vineyard operations and produce his first commercial wine release in 2006 under the Occidental Road Cellars label. Today, Richard continues to manage all viticultural aspects of the vineyard as well as all of the winemaking operations.

The Vineyards
In 1910 our great-grandparents purchased land about a mile east of Occidental in Sonoma County, California. After clearing the ridge tops of brush and stumps left from the redwood harvest the previous century, the ridges were planted to 40 acres of Gravenstein apples and 70 acres of Royal Anne cherries. Those orchards have since withered and have been removed. One of those areas, a rolling ridge with a southern aspect and spectacular views of the hills beyond has been planted with blocks of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, and Syrah.

The vineyards straddle the Sonoma Coast and Russian River Valley appellations. The primary vineyard of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Syrah is named, Horseshoe Bend Vineyard, after the narrow gauge North Pacific Coast Railroad that passed along the edge of the property in the early 1900’s. The smaller Zinfandel vineyard is named Helen’s Ridge Vineyard after our grandmother.

The Winemaking
The moderate climate of Sonoma Coast and Russian River Valley appellations is renowned for producing fruit with mature flavors and exceptional depth and balance. The cooler, coastal climate offers a more fruit-forward flavor with less bitter tannins. Our goal is grow and produce the finest ultra-premium wines and our handcrafted wines will only be produced in small lots with detailed care to optimize the fruit’s potential.


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Occidental Road Cellars
870 Gravenstein Hwy. N • Sebastopol, CA 95472
707.827-3327 • occidentalroadcellars.com
Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Syrah, Dessert Wines
Tasting Room Hours: Thursdays: 11am – 7pm,
Friday – Monday: 11am – 5pm (Closed Tues & Wed)