SEEDS OF A GREAT PARTNERSHIP
The seeds for Patz & Hall were planted in the 1980s when assistant winemaker James Hall and national sales manager Donald Patz struck up a close friendship while working together at Flora Springs Winery and Vineyards. The two discovered a mutual enthusiasm for a rich and compelling style of wine made by applying traditional winemaking techniques to fruit from elite, small vineyards. Inspired to combine their winemaking and sales talents, James and Donald joined with partners Anne Moses and Heather Patz, to establish Patz & Hall.
AN INTEGRATED APPROACH
Together, they turned Patz & Hall into one of California’s most highly regarded wineries with a celebrated portfolio of single-vineyard wines. To achieve their goal of making exceptional limited-production wines from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, the four founders each focused their specialized knowledge and expertise on different areas of the winery’s operations. This integrated approach, along with a commitment to developing close personal relationships with many of California’s finest growers—people like Larry Hyde, Lee Hudson and the Martinelli and Pisoni families—became the cornerstones of the winery’s success.
about Dutton Ranch
Dutton Ranch farms a total of 1,200 acres of premium wine grapes using the Sustainable Winegrowing Program. The total acreage is made up of 80 different vineyard sites ranging from 0.8 vine acres to 92 vine acres in size. Seventy-nine of the vineyard sites (~1,182 acres) are within the Russian River Valley AVA with 68 of those (~985 acres) being within the Green Valley of Russian River Valley AVA. All of our vineyards are in the Sonoma Coast AVA.
Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are the predominant varieties growing in the Dutton Ranch vineyards. We have 17 different clones of Chardonnay and 14 different clones of Pinot Noir planted. Additionally, Dutton Ranch produces Sauvignon Blanc (2 clones), Syrah (5 clones), Zinfandel (a heritage clone), Pinot Blanc, and a small block of Viognier.