Read about our estate vineyard here
Read about our estate wine here
The Wine Press
Where to enjoy Ojai Ridge wines

Estate Vineyard

Situated on a ridge at 1380 feet above sea level overlooking the Ojai Valley, Dufau Vineyards produces Ojai Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. The superior quality of the vineyard is influenced by both the soil and the climate.

The soils consist of rocky fractured shale with minimal top soil and deposits of clay between the fractures. The poor soil and excellent drainage creates a perfect growing environment for the vines.

The weather is as unique as the soil with warm summer days and cool evenings – a microclimate similar to the Napa Valley. In the summer months, temperatures range from the high 80’s in the daytime to the mid 60’s at night. In the fall, average highs are in the 70’s with lows in the 50’s. The vineyard is located 10 miles from ocean as the crow flies allowing the dense coastal fog that Californians refer to as the “June Gloom” to roll into the Ojai Valley. This marine layer, together with warm summer days and cool evenings, dramatically influence the development of the grapes, creating long hang times. This longevity on the vine develops wonderful characteristics in the wine – deep rich color with well balanced structure and ripe fruit flavors unique to Ojai Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah.

Because of its location on steep slopes, the Ojai Ridge vineyard is maintained completely by hand – challenging – but ultimately producing the highest quality of fruit possible.