Stuart Bewley

Alder Springs Vineyard

As the inventor of the wine cooler, and the owner of California Coolers in the 1970s, Stuart Bewley helped to introduce a new generation and a wider new audience to the world of wine. After selling California Coolers, Stuart began exploring the possibility of owning his own high-end vineyard. To this end, Stuart spent two years traveling California, looking at potential vineyard properties and speaking with winemakers and viticulturists. He finally found what he was looking for on the hillsides of Mendocino County, near the town of Laytonville, where he founded Alder Springs Vineyard in 1993. Since the very beginning, Stuart has been hands-on in every aspect of the viticultural program. From the initial planting on he has worked to establish Alder Springs as one of the finest vineyards in Mendocino County.

Alder Springs Vineyard, Laytonville, Mendocino County

Located on the high slopes of northern Mendocino County at 2,100 feet above sea level, Alder Springs Vineyard is owned by Stuart Bewley, who is dedicated to growing first-rate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Situated near the town of Laytonville, the vineyard lies within 7 miles of the Pacific Ocean, and possesses extremely low vigor soils. The Chardonnay clones are mainly from France, and focus on clones 95, 96, 76 and 809, while the Pinot Noir plantings we use emphasize clones 114, 115 and 777. In addition to his original plantings, Stu has cultivated new vineyard sections specifically for Patz & Hall, including a new selection of Hyde-Wente Chardonnay. The Chardonnay from Alder Springs is consistently notable for its texture, concentration and ethereal aromatics, while the Pinot Noir offers a rustic and highly structured mountain-fruit incarnation of the varietal. We have been producing single vineyard Chardonnay and Pinot Noir bottlings from this great vineyard since 1997.