BARRA of Mendocino
7051 N State St, Redwood Valley, CA 95470
As you take a walk through the vineyard with Charlie Barra, you’ll find yourself surrounded by 60 year old, craggy grape-vines that resemble the sun-baked hands of the farmer that has nurtured them. These hearty, twisted vines, located on the bench lands at the headwaters of the Russian River in Redwood Valley, CA, are the source of the superior organic fruit that goes into each bottle of BARRA of Mendocino wines.
Following in the footsteps of his father, Antonio Barra, and his maternal grandfather, Guiseppe Rovera (who immigrated to Mendocino County from Piedmont, Italy in 1906), Charlie began farming grapes in the mid 1940's. By 1954 he had purchased Redwood Valley Vineyards, the ranch that is still home today to over 175 acres of organically grown grapes.
Situated approximately 800 feet above sea level, the home ranch of Redwood Valley Vineyards sits on Redvine Soils, which we believe are, along with the microclimate, the biggest contributing factors to the outstanding quality of the fruit we grow.
Certified organic for more than 25 years now, and farming without chemicals or pesticides for more than 40 years now, our vineyard boasts rows planted with bell beans, red clover, peas, and vetch. These cover crops add the required nutrients to the soil, thereby helping keep our vineyard in balance with its environment.
All of our pruning and harvesting is still done by hand, and our vines are irrigated from our five watershed-fed ponds located throughout the vineyard.