Bell Mountain is the heart of everything we do at Medlock Ames. In the spirit of preservation and sustainability, we leave the majority of our 338 acres in its natural state. The working estate includes 50 acres of vineyards, 650 olive trees, an orchard, and a market garden for seasonal vegetables and flowers, along with our state-of-the-art winery and barrel cellar.
We offer limited access to Bell Mountain for private tours and tastings. We explore the vineyards and winery while sharing our farming and winemaking philosophy followed by a seated tasting of our estate and organically farmed wines paired with local cheese and charcuterie.
Walk through the Vineyard
Your host will walk you around our property to gaze at the ponds and oak trees draped with spanish moss. Wildlife is abundant with dozens of bird species and butterflies floating around the property.
Insider Tip: The walk usually takes between 30-45 min. Please dress comfortably!
Visit the Cellar
See how the grapes are taken from vine to wine.Learn the process of winemaking from the “crush pad” to the tank and all the way down into our underground barrel room.
Insider Tip: Depending on the time of year, you may be lucky to see the action!
Wine and Cheese Pairing
Enjoy six current and library wines thoughtfully paired with a seasonal, local cheese plate. Most of our wines are crafted in small batches due to the limited number of planted vines on the property.
Insider Tip: At the ranch you will try some of the lowest production, member-allocated wines.
At a Glance
Available daily at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm
1-11 Guests can attend. Guests must be over 21.
This experience will be hosted at Bell Mountain Ranch at 13414 Chalk Hill Rd. Healdsburg, CA 95448 (Please note: we have two locations, so be sure that you've identified the correct address before the time of your visit.)
Duration: Plan for at least 90 min
This tasting experience will include a tour of our vineyard property and winery production space so please plan to wear comfortable shoes. You may also want to bring a jacket as the weather in wine country can be a bit crisp from time to time.
Experience takes place rain or shine.
Only 50 of the 338 acres of our Bell Mountain Ranch are planted with vines. The remaining land is reserved to wildlife preservation.
Sustainability is the heart of what we do. Along with farming organic vineyards we harvest olive oil, operate seven solar arrays, and employ a full-time vineyard team.
Ames studied organic farming and ecological health in the peace corps of Guatemala.
Alexander Valley is home to beautiful, rich and complex Cabernet and Merlots.
Our tasting room in Healdsburg is 100 years old. Once a country store, turned gas station, turned biker bar. We renovated the building in 2006.
Make sure to try organic estate Olive Oil and Blackberry Grape Jelly.
Your Host: Medlock Ames Winery
Since the 1990’s we have been pioneers in the area by farming organically with no artificial chemicals, fertilizers or pesticides used to grow our wines. Instead, we promote healthy, living soil that nurtures, feeds and protects our vines and embrace age-old, low impact farming methods, like crop diversity, allowing the vineyard to shine through in the fruit.
Guests must be 21 or older to attend this experience. No outside food is permitted. All refunds issued will have the credit card processing fees removed from the refund total. This fee is approximately 3% of the purchase price and is non-refundable.
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