Just 20 miles from Monterey Bay and the Pacific Ocean, Eden Rift is the oldest continually producing vineyard in California. Planted in 1849 by Theophile Vache, the 120-acre estate sits in an isolated, wind-swept mountain canyon, atop the San Andreas Faultline and is part of the Cienega Valley AVA. Christian Pillsbury acquired the old estate in 2016, assembling a team of young professionals to breathe new life into it to create some of California’s most vivid, energetic terroir-driven wines.
In the shadow of the Gavilan Mountain range, Eden Rift produces limestone-borne pinot noir, chardonnay, pinot gris and old vine zinfandel; the still-thriving zinfandel block was planted in 1906, the same year the estate main residence, The Dickinson House (designed by famed architect Walter Burley) was built.
Eden Rift winemaker, Cory Waller, favors wines with bright acidity. His measured use of oak allows the characters of the estate’s diverse terroirs to shine - the wines are as elegant as they are characterful.