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.
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.
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.