Our love for Alexander Valley began in 2002 when we moved up to the Bay Area from Los Angeles.  We quickly adopted a love of wine and would frequently journey up to Sonoma wine country from our home in San Rafael to visit wineries.  One of our favorite destinations was the majestic Chateau Souverain in the Geyserville district of the AVA.  There we discovered our passion for Alexander Valley Cabernets and became members of their Wine Club.  In September 2003, we exchanged wedding vows on their lovely terrace overlooking the vineyards of Alexander Valley.

Soon after, we made the decision to begin our own winegrowing/winemaking journey and purchased a small house and vineyard close to the Healdsburg square and Bedarra Vineyards (named after our honeymoon spot on Bedarra Island in Australia) was born.  From 2006 to 2012, we produced wines from our vineyard in the Dry Creek AVA while also sourcing from other vineyards in the Russian River AVA.  But we continued to aspire to find additional vineyards to expand our portfolio and Alexander Valley was our goal.  In 2012, we found an 8-acre, hillside vineyard parcel as part of a larger property on Chalk Hill Road.  We, of course, planted Cabernet Sauvignon as well as a few other Bordeaux varietals.

We knew we needed to tap into the expertise of a winemaker who was familiar with Alexander Valley Cabernets so we turned to Ed Killian who had been the Director of Winemaking at Chateau Souverain for assistance with our first vintage.  It was the perfect “full circle” for us and our inaugural 2018 Alexander Valley Cabernet received 95 points and a Double Gold medal from the Press Democrat Wine Challenge.

The journey has just begun and we continue to be inspired by our neighbors in the magical Alexander Valley – those who helped establish this AVA and those who have more recently united with the AV Winegrowers to preserve and promote Alexander Valley.