Fetzer Vineyards is based in the town of Hopland in the Mendocino AVA. Fetzer is known for value-driven wines and has a longstanding commitment to organic farming.
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In 1958, Barney and Kathleen Fetzer purchased 720 acres in Redwood Valley. 10 years later, Fetzer Vineyards made 2,500 cases of its first commercial vintage. Production grew steadily to about 30,000 cases by the late 1970s. Until 1977, the winery only made red wines.
In 1978, the Fetzer Family began making Chardonnay, Riesling, and Gewurztraminer. Their Sundial Chardonnay was particularly popular with consumers, and helped to usher in the “fighting varietal” movement. Since 1985, the winery has farmed all of its estate vineyards organically.
Brown-Foreman purchased the winery from the Fetzer Family in 1992. Volume continues to increase, and Fetzer Vineyards is currently the 6th biggest wine producer in America.