Located 30 minutes north of the small town of Healdsburg in the "Upper Russian River Territory" in Southern Mendocino County, is a panoramic display of early California and Mediterranean-style architecture. Surrounded by 200 acres of vineyards, trees and foothills, the Russian River flows to the east.
The original estate residence was built in 1898 by San Franciscan Judge J.H. Sturtevant. It was extensively redesigned exactly a century later by Daniel Fetzer. An estate winery and wine bar was added in 1999 to showcase Jeriko’s handcrafted Biodynamic and Organic wines.
In 1997 Daniel began to replant the ranch with newly available clones of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Sangiovese.The vineyards were planted on a 6x6 foot (1210 vines per acre) high-density spacing in order to force the roots to go deeper into the gravely loam soil to optimize terroir and intensify fruit flavors.
Key to Jeriko’s philosophy is the use of Biodynamic farming practices. Cover crops promote diversity and encourage a healthy soil balance without using synthetic fertilizers, pesticides and fungicides. We have found that wines grown with Biodynamic or Organic methods exhibit good structural balance and require less manipulation during the vinification process; as well as being good for animal life and the environment. It’s common to see chickens, goats, and sheep roaming Jeriko’s vineyards and hillsides.