We are a small family winery in picturesque Knights Valley, where we reside amidst our Totem Ridge vineyards. This glorious valley, pristine and barely changed by time, has a unique microclimate and terroir that produces world-class grapes. We expect every wine that you taste from our vineyards to be a great one.
Petrified Forest Vineyards may have had its first harvest in 2009, but its roots stretch back to 1986. Arriving in the Napa Valley that year to assume a position in the medical field, Ken Piters was to begin his long love affair with the land, the vineyards, and the special feeling that is Knights Valley. Ken and Susan Piters moved to their seventy-four acre Knights Valley ranch in 1987. The property had been part of the Booth Ranch, a summer retreat for a San Francisco family. Its old farmhouse and barn, both built in the late 1870’s, still remain.
The ranch included a three acre Sauvignon blanc vineyard and Ken was soon out in the fields on his tractor. He and Susan took viticulture classes in order to better understand this new challenge that they had assumed. In 1990, ten acres of hillside Cabernet sauvignon and Merlot vines were planted, with the grapes under contract to Sonoma and Napa wineries. Ken began to handcraft a small amount of “house” wine and realized the incredible potential of these grapes. The Cabernet sauvignon and late harvest Sauvignon blanc produced in the late 1990’s are still drinking amazingly well.
When accolades for their homemade wine came from friends, family, and perfect strangers, the mission became clear. The Knights Valley appellation was finally achieving the reputation it deserved as one of the premier wine growing regions of the world. It was with this in mind that the decision was made to not only grow some of California’s best grapes, but to also be an integral part of their transition into some of the world’s best wine. So...a plan was developed and the paperwork done.
The mission—to create exceptional ultra-premium wines from the Knights Valley appellation by being uncompromising at all stages, from the vine to the bottle. The production would be limited so that the finest enological principles can be intensified.
A milestone has been reached with the release of the 2009 vintage. The journey continues.