The Story Behind Woodside Vineyards
Located in the hills above the San Francisco Bay, Woodside Vineyards has been family owned since it’s founding in 1963. We’re credited for being one the first wineries to pioneer the “boutique winery” movement in California, as well as the oldest winery in San Mateo county. Some of our vines are over a century old. Our grapes our grown on some of the most expensive land spread throughout Woodside California.
Our founder, Bob Mullen began producing wine from little more than one acre of grapes at the original Winery on Kings Mountain Road, in 1960. Three years later the winery became bonded, or licensed, to sell Bob's creations. We have grown to manage, harvest and produce wines from over 47 acres throughout the Woodside community.
Our premium Cabernet wines come from the legendary La Questa vines first planted by E.H. Rixford in 1884. At the time other California wine producers were selling their wines in bulk, Rixford cultivated his La Questa vines that were hand-carried from France to produce wine in the tradition of the famed Château Margaux winery. In 1915, his wine won a Gold Medal at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco. The richness of Rixford's tradition is still evident in the premium estate grapes hand-crafted in the wine we produce today.
In addition to winemaking, our team of experienced Viticulturist have been developing the vineyards for the residents of Woodside for over two decades. From planning, design, installation and maintenance, they pay close attention to the intricacies of the plant, soil, water, and typography management to ensure each estate vineyard produces grapes to our winemaking standards.
Our award-winning winemaker, Brian Caselden, personally supervises the cultivation of the grapes through each stage of the process from harvest to bottling ensuring only the highest quality and vintage character year after year. All grapes are hand-picked and sorted into small lot production requiring minimal processing and gentle handling to ensure the highest quality of wine.