Alexander Valley AVA
Platinum Plus selection! - 95 Points - Connoisseurs’ Guide - 91 Points, Stephen Tanzer
Londer Vineyards proves it’s never too late to follow your dreams. Owned and managed by Shirlee and Larry Londer, the small family winery is currently one of the top Burgundian-style producers in Sonoma’s Anderson Valley. Shirlee and Larry were high school sweethearts in the mountain city of Denver, Colorado, and after school and residency moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico where they lived happily for 27 years. Larry was an ophthalmologist while Shirlee ran the optical shops. Outside of work, they both had an interest in wine and began joining gourmet wine clubs to help expand their collection. This “interest” took larger form when the Londers found themselves on the board of the Vintage Albuquerque Fine Wine & Art Auction team through which they made regular visits to California wineries for donations. One visit in particular changed the course of the Londers’ lives forever. Shirlee and Larry had purchased one of the auction’s donation packages to Mendocino County’s Anderson Valley and fell in love with the beautiful landscape – they knew immediately this was the place for them! It was 1997, and the Londers were about to make the biggest decision of their lives. They left their home in New Mexico, purchased a property in Anderson Valley, and made the big move to Northern California. Enlisting the help of local-winemaker Greg LaFollette, their own Londer Vineyards became a reality with the first release of 700 cases in 2001. Today, Londer Vineyards produces just about 6,000 cases, has a small vineyard on site, and they have an award-winning portfolio of wines to show for it. It’s safe to say, the move proved to be a success and the Londers’ life in the country has been exciting, enriching, and rewarding each and every day.
Rick Davis joined Londer Vineyards in 2005
After 18 years of experience and working with many of the top producers on the Sonoma Coast. Rick was first introduced to the wine industry in 1988 at New York’s Rivendell Winery where he started as a barrel washer and worked his way up to a lab technician. Rick was determined to learn every micro-facet of the grape to wine process.
When Rick moved out to California in 1992, he gained the Assistant Winemaker title at Flowers vineyard and spent some time at Santa Ynez’s Gainey Vineyards at well. After working at Greg LaFollette’s Tandem Winery in Sebastopol, Rick was introduced to Londer Vineyards and has enjoyed his time with the boutique winery ever since.
Rick loves the vineyard challenges that come naturally with the quest of creating unique taste sensations and specializes in cool climate varietals like Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Rick resides in Santa Rosa and in addition to winemaking, has a second career as a leather artisan.