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Mr. Richard Sanford

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Alma Rosa Winery
181C Industrial Way
Buellton , California 93427
United States

Company Description: Alma Rosa Winery & Vineyards practices and promotes organic farming , sustainable agriculture, ecologically-responsible packaging and business practices , and green...   more

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  • degree , Geography
    University of California at Berkeley
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Richard Sanford came to the ..., 3 Mar 2015 [cached]
Richard Sanford came to the Santa Ynez Valley 40 years ago with the desire to create wines that would rival the best of France. First to recognize the potential of the Santa Rita Hills (now an officially accredited American Viticultural Area: Sta. Rita Hills), and first to plant Pinot Noir vines there, Richard is a pioneer with a well established reputation for excellence in winemaking.
Working in partnership for more than 30 years, Thekla and Richard Sanford founded multiple, successful winegrowing enterprises.
Today, Richard and Thekla continue to be fully immersed in all aspects of the business.
Richard Sanford's Story
Richard Sanford graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a degree in Geography in 1965. He was immediately drafted into the military and served as a naval officer in the Vietnam war until 1968.
Returning from the war and wanting to pursue a more earth-connected occupation, Richard dreamt of discovering a local climate zone similar to the Burgundy region of France, growing Pinot Noir in California, and producing wine that would rival the best in the world. Using his background in Geography and studying the climates of California since 1900, Richard discovered a remarkable geographic anomaly - the transverse mountain range of California.
In 1976 Richard met his future wife Thekla Brumder.
Richard and Thekla started in a new direction, leaving Sanford Winery to found Alma Rosa Winery & Vineyards, a new venture dedicated to organic farming and sustainable agriculture.
All wines are food friendly and display the high acid, and extraordinary balance for which Richard Sanford's wines have been known since 1976.
With new energy and a positive focus, Richard and Thekla Sanford are excited about Alma Rosa Winery & Vineyards and hope you will continue to enjoy their efforts in bringing you and your family together to share good food, good wine, and a sustainable future.
Rita Hills winegrowing pioneer and founder ..., 6 Jan 2015 [cached]
Rita Hills winegrowing pioneer and founder of Alma Rosa Winery, Richard Sanford, in blending a very unique barrel of wine.
For the first time in his 44-year winemaking history, Richard will take your group through the aging, blending, and bottling process, choosing your favorites to blend into an individual barrel. Your barrel will then mature through their traditional aging process. You will come back to the winery after the aging process is complete to join Richard during the bottling phase and witness the wine move from barrel to bottle. In the end you will have 25 cases of your special blend to enjoy!
Estimated Value: $18,500
Donated by: Bacara Resort & Spa; Thekla and Richard Sanford, Alma Rosa Winery
Richard Sanford, owner ..., 7 April 2014 [cached]
Richard Sanford, owner Alma Rosa Winery In 1970 pioneer Richard Sanford (Alma Rosa Winery owner) planted the first Pinot Noir in Sta.
Presenters include Clos Pepe's Wes Hagen and Steve Pepe, Richard Sanford of Alma Rosa Winery, and Ken Brown of Ken Brown Wines, as well as wines from Dierberg Estate Vineyards.
Alma Rosa Winery & Vineyards - People, 24 May 2014 [cached]
Richard Sanford - Founder and Production Manager
Richard Sanford - Founder and Production Manager
Growing up in the early 1940's along the southern California coast Richard developed a love for the ocean, nature, and wide open spaces. His first job driving a tractor through the Palos Verdes bean fields provided an early introduction to agriculture and established a firm connection to the cycles of nature and the responsibility associated with being a good steward of the land.
During his college years at UC Santa Barbara and UC Berkeley Richard developed a passion for flying, sailing and yacht racing. Upon graduation he was drafted into the military and became a naval officer serving in Viet Nam from 1965 to 1968. The Viet Nam tours introduced him to the study of eastern philosophy and left him with a desire to work in a peaceful, natural environment when he returned home.
In 1976 Richard met his future wife Thekla Brumder, and in 1981 the two of them started Sanford Winery.
As Richard explains, "My wife Thekla and I are focusing on what's most important to us; organic grape growing and sustainable business practices."
Richard was founding chairman of the Sta. Rita Hills Wine Growers Alliance, the group responsible for obtaining formal designation of the Sta.
Richard and his wife Thekla live in the Santa Ynez Valley at Rancho El Jabalí. Their daughter Blakeney was born in 1979.
Richard was preparing for his first vintage of Sanford & Benedict wines.
Managed by Jeff Newton and supervised by Martin Hernandez (the ranch foreman who has worked with Richard Sanford for more than 30 years), the staff responsible for maintaining the El Jabalí and La Encantada vineyards are an integral part of the Alma Rosa Winery & Vineyards family.
The new inductees are Joe Heitz, ..., 13 Oct 2011 [cached]
The new inductees are Joe Heitz, Peter Mondavi Sr., Myron Nightingale, John Parducci, Richard Sanford, Albert Winkler and Eugene Hilgard.
Richard Sanford
A Burgundy fan, Sanford graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in geography in 1965 but was immediately drafted. He got out of the Navy in the late 1960s with a passion for Pinot Noir. He drove across Santa Barbara County with a thermometer before settling on a site west of U.S. Highway 101 in the Santa Ynez Valley. For some years Sanford had the west side of the highway to himself; he was the first winemaker to prove the potential for Pinot Noir in the chilly Santa Rita Hills. He founded Sanford Winery in 1981 and spent the next 20 years making some of the best regarded Pinot Noirs from the region. Sanford left his namesake winery in 2005 and founded Alma Rosa Winery & Vineyards.
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