Randy Meyer. A graduate from UC Davis, Randy Meyer launched his winemaking and brewing career with the renowned F. Korbel & Brothers where he spent more than 20 years honing his still wine, champagne, and brew master skills on brands such as Korbel Champagne, Valley of The Moon, and Russian River Brewing. Following his time at Korbel, Randy served as Senior Winemaker for M. Draxton, Inc. as well as Geyser Peak Winery in Sonoma County. Randy joined the Barra family as Director of Winemaking and Operations in June 2019 and is responsible for overseeing all winemaking activities for both the CCOF-certified custom crush facility, Redwood Valley Cellars, as well as the organically farmed BARRA of Mendocino and Girasole Vineyards wines.
Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon
The Barra family owns and cultivates 350 acres of vineyards in Mendocino. All vineyards are certified organic by CCOF. The primary vineyard site was planted in 1955, with two other parcels joining the fold in 1990 and 2000. Each vineyard site draws water for drip irrigation or frost protection from man-made retention ponds that cycle rainwater. Elevation ranges from 260ft to 948ft, with nine different varieties growing across the acreage.
In 1955 Charlie Barra purchased Redwood Valley Vineyards, 175 acres of vineyard located at the headwaters of the Russian River, nestled at the base of rolling foothills. When he purchased the vineyard, farmers were averaging as little as $40 a ton for their grapes, as the demand for quality wine based on true varietals had not yet been established. Most growers were still farming what Charlie called “standard” grapes that were used by the major wine producers to make Burgundy and Chablis–the basic table wines of the times. But after a few short years of growing “vin ordinaire”, he could see the tide was turning. He began working with Karl Wente, Robert Mondavi and others on moving to a varietal-focused vineyard. Charlie was one of the first growers on the North Coast to plant Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Pinot Noir. And over the next 35 years, Charlie would add another six varietals to the soils of Redwood Valley Vineyards including Petite Sirah, Sangiovese, Merlot, Pinot Blanc, Muscat Canelli and Zinfandel.
In the late 90’s, low grape prices combined with the purchase of a tasting room facility in Mendocino County prompted the Barra family to launch it’s first wine under the BARRA of Mendocino brand; the 1997 Petite Sirah.