Spring Mountain

A new wine region rises high above the Napa Valley

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Barbara and her husband, Jim, moved here from Texas to retire in the 1980s and have been tending their 15-acre vineyard ever since. They work seven days a week, nine hours a day. Net outcome: 2,500 cases of wine, predominantly Merlot, every year―and a not-so-relaxing retirement.

"When you get us all together in the same room, we're really an odd group," Tom Ferrell says of the motley cast of characters you'll meet up here. "You've got one person in designer jeans and someone else just off a tractor in boots."

The scenery is just as varied as the personalities. In the span of only a few miles, you go from asphalt to dirt, from Scottish castle to chicken coop, from vineyards to redwood trees, from one county to another.

"The whole area is full of surprises like that," Steve Russon says. "As adults, we don't get enough surprises. That's why I love it here."


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