Ranch 32 Winery
All vineyards are sustainably farmed and crafted to represent the tremendous depth and character
First planted in 1972, Ranch 32 is considered the home vineyard for Scheid Family Wines. Its 130 acres lie within the prized Arroyo Seco AVA, home to a number of California’s finest Chardonnays. All vineyards are sustainably farmed and crafted to represent the tremendous depth and character that reflect the terroir of their origin.
Ranch 32’s numerical designation resulted from the fact that early computers were only able to display two numerical digits and the Ranch 32 designation was always used by early employees of the company.
Ranch 32 Winery came into existence in 2010 with an initial offering of only 500 cases. It has also grown to its current level of around 1,250 cases, but is expected to grow as Ranch 32 Winery evolves.
Vincent Catalaa - Winemaker
Born and raised in Saint Jean, a suburban town near Toulouse, France, Catalaa holds a Master’s of Science in Enology and Viticulture from University Paul Sabatier in the same city. He interned in both France and South Africa before immigrating to the United Sates. Other notable winery jobs include Château Saint Auriol (Corbieres), Blossom Hill Winery and Josh Jensen’s heralded Calera Wines where he served as an assistant winemaker.
Catalaa considers himself an accomplished cook and delights in pairing specific wines with foods. His first wine experience was at aged 2, when his parents offered him some that had been watered down. His preferences tend toward older Bordeaux-style wines, particularly ones that have had a chance to develop in the bottle. Although, he has recently become a convert to California Pinot Noirs and particularly the elegant, silky ones reminiscent of fine Burgundies.
Monterey County is comprised of nearly 46,000 acres of grape vines which benefit from the regions various microclimates. Cool winds from Monterey Bay travel through the vineyards in the morning and are greeted by the welcoming afternoon heat. A multitude of varietals grow well in these soils and develop complexity and depth due to the slow ripening and extended hang time.
Many eons ago the mouth of the valley all the way to Salinas was swampland. The word “Salinas” itself means marsh, and the biomass and teeming microbial activity of the wetlands left the silty earth deeply enriched with nutrients. What’s left today in the bottom of the 5-mile-wide, 60-mile-long Salinas Valley is a patchwork of weathered alluvial and sedimentary soils suspended over two aquifers, one 180 feet down, the other 200 feet below that — a masterpiece of natural engineering.
In other words, it is a perfect area for growing grapes.