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Blue Rock Winery

Blue Rock was first settled by poor Italian immigrants who were drawn to the Alexander Valley. Fortunately, they brought with them olive trees, vine cuttings, and a knowledge of grape growing.

The stone house and winery were built around 1880 and once housed a winery known as Villa Maria. However, prohibition brought an end to the winery and vineyards until the rebirth of the American wine industry in the late 1970's.

Blue Rock was reborn in 1982 when the vineyard was replanted to the 5 Bordeaux varietals plus a small hillside of Syrah. The Estate consists of 100 acres and the origional house, gardens and stone winery have all been rebuilt with a true sense of history.

The work continues today as the vineyard is slowly replanted to a very high vine density with the best Bordeaux clones and knowledge of the vineyard's various soil and microclimates.