Property History

In summer of 2012, Radio-Coteau acquired an historic 42-acre Estate vineyard and ranch located on a ridgetop above the town of Occidental. Originally named Joseph Morelli & Sons before Prohibition, the Lemorel winery (as it was later known) dates back to 1892, when the first vines were planted. Situated 800 feet above sea level, the property is a diverse agroecosystem settled on prized Goldridge soil. We continue to maintain the established blocks of Syrah and old-vine Zinfandel, and recently replanted existing acreage to Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Riesling.

Eric’s own history with the property dates back to the early 2000s. While scouting vineyard sites for the first Radio-Coteau vintage, one interest lay in old dry-farmed Zinfandel, unique in California. He met and began a relationship with Robert Von Weidlich, the owner of the property at that time. The 2002 Radio-Coteau Von Weidlich Zinfandel was the first product of that collaboration.

budding vine
young Eric with Robert
red radio-coteau barn
sean desmond fall aerial 2
Lemorel Winery barrel head
pink lilies little yellow house

Our Estate Vineyard

Vineyard Map
Pinot Noir
Heintz Ranch
Natural Habitat

Farming Practices

“The best fertilizer is the farmer’s shadow,” is an old farming adage meaning there’s no substitute for a farmer’s own daily involvement in cultivating the land. A practice we take to heart, we employ a holistic farming platform that envisions the farm as a self-sustaining organism where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Going beyond the vine, we embrace a diverse agrarian platform, utilizing both organic and Biodynamic® farming practices to build the health of the soil and the surrounding ecosystem. In acknowledgment of our ongoing commitment to regenerative agriculture, the estate vineyard and farm has been Demeter Certified Biodynamic® since 2018.

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