Lavender Ridge Vineyard
Open: Year Round
Rich and Siri Gilpin are the owners and operators of Lavender Ridge Vineyard. Lavender From the beginning, Rich and Siri Gilpin have been committed to growing organically.Â Lavender Ridge Vineyard is located in the Sierra Foothills of California 25 minutes south of the small town of Murphys.Â
Located on 42 acres at 1200' elevation, the land has a southern exposure with climate and soil conditions typical of the Southern region of France known as the Rhone region. Because of these conditions, Lavender Ridge Vineyard specializes strictly in Rhone varietals and produces hand crafted, unfiltered wines in small quantities.You can visit the Lavender Ridge Vineyard Tasting Room in the heart of Downtown Murphys, daily, Our Tasting Room offers many unique experiences in addition to sampling our wines.
One of the best tasting rooms in Murphys if not the best. The service is always awesome and I love the cheese pairings they do. A huge part of the great experience is Kevin who we've had the pleasure of seeing almost every time we go up. He's warm and hospitable, always making time for guests and providing great context on the wine and cheese. The tasting room itself smells incredible with lavender hung on the back wall.
Enjoyed trying a new Winery. Lots of great Lavender items to add to your collection. They are normally packed on the weekends, so get there early.
Wines are good..... love the lavender decor
Host was excellent, and they pair their wine with cheese that they sell in store. I enjoyed about half of the wines... The others were ok. I definitely took home a bottle of the Syrah. Paired with blue cheese and the walnuts (omg the walnuts)...I had to buy it.
Absolutely worth a visit when you come to Murphys. Very nice selection of well made Rhone style wines. The tasting room stuff is very friendly. You get a very thoughtful pairing of cheeses and preserves with the wines for free. Take time for this and engage with the friendly folks in the tasting room. Just the nice smell of lavender in the background is worth it. And it is not so strong that it would impair your ability to tast the wines. The Viognier and the Cotes du Calaveras are very good and decent values as well. The only reason why they don't get 5 stars: Despite the high quality of their wines they are bit overpriced.