Ketcham Estate is a small, family owned boutique winery and estate vineyard known for exceptional wines made in the heart of the Russian River Valley.
With a passion for our land and community, Ketcham Estate creates outstanding wines from grapes grown at our doorstep.
Originally specializing in top-notch Estate Grown Pinot Noir, Ketcham Estate is also now making award-winning Chardonnay, Viognier and Estate grown Pinot Noir Rosé wines.
Small annual releases and premium location allow Ketcham Estate to focus on creating exceptional wines and experiences for our friends and family.
Our vineyard has the terroir that Pinot Noir loves; warm, sunny days, and the cooler nights brought in by the breeze from the Pacific Ocean. Terroir is French for "a sense of place," but has come to mean the combination of land, weather and other things that give the grapes, and thus, the wine, a distinct flavor and palate. We have a lovely creek that meanders through the property about eight months a year, giving the vines a wonderful water table towards which they can stretch their roots. The dirt in the vineyard is a rich, red loam that the vines love.
Our vineyard has a broad selection of Pinot Noir clones (the top part of the vines that bear the fruit), which gives us a palate from which we blend our wines. We grow the following clonal types of Pinot Noir: 115, 626, 777, 828, and Pommard 4. When you put this kind of diverse palate in the hands of a winemaker like Tami Collins, you get a wonderful alchemy that creates art in a bottle.
The vineyard manager, Roberto Ordaz, his wife Margarita and their children live in a 100-year-old house on the property and have for 30 years. The Ordaz Family adds a lot of love and care to the property.