The Jeriko Story
About Us & Our Wine
Continuing a long legacy of producing distinctive wines of exceptional quality, authenticity, and integrity.
Jeriko Estate derives its name from the ancient city Jericho, Palestine. Known 9,000 years ago as the “city of agriculture” where many of today’s stewardship practices were developed.
Long before founding Jeriko Estate in 1997, Daniel Fetzer developed a deep respect for the land early on. At just 10 years old, he and his siblings tended to the vineyard, picked fruit, and learned exceptional wine making alongside their father Barney Fetzer, the wine industry’s early pioneer of sustainable farming and founder of Fetzer Winery.
“To produce great wine, you must first produce excellent fruit. There is no shortcut. You have to be there and manage the crop at every step. If we don’t farm it, we don’t make wine from it”.– Barney Fetzer
This is why a hallmark of our process is small production runs of single-vineyard wines.
Our Mendocino County vineyards are CCOF certified Organic. Planted in the late 90’s with Pinot Noir and Chardonnay clones from the Dijon region of France. As a part of the Russian River Valley appellations warm daytime temperatures and cool foggy nights and mornings, it is the perfect weather for cool climate varietals.
We get higher physical grape maturity while preserving acidity at lower sugar levels. This grape maturity with accompanying crispness can be tasted in Jeriko Estate Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Sangiovese Rose wines.