Limerick Lane is a thirty acre estate located in the north east corner of the Russian River Appellation just south of the town of Healdsburg. The estate was first planted to grapes in 1910 by the Del Fava family and the original homestead where Mario Del Fava was born is where my wife, three kids, and I live today. In the mid 70’s, the estate was sold to the Collins family. Brothers Mike and Tom Collins brought incredible passion and enthusiasm to the property selling the grapes as vineyard designates to several well known local wineries including De Loach, Chateau Souverain, Ravenswood, Davis Bynum and Gary Farrell. The quality of the wines and reputation of the iconic Collins Vineyard quickly established Limerick Lane as a premier site for growing Zinfandel and Rhone varieties in Sonoma County. In 1986, the first estate wines were produced under the Limerick Lane label. The subsequent quality of the wines produced solidified Limerick Lane’s reputation as one of Sonoma County’s premier producers as well.
In 2009, Mike Collins approached me and asked me if I’d like to buy Limerick Lane Cellars and the Collins Vineyard. Ready for the next chapter and unwilling to hang a “for sale sign” or sell it to the highest paying corporation, Mike gave my family the opportunity of a lifetime. Two years later, with our third child on the way, and after pitching nearly every bank in California, we got a call from none other than our local bank in Healdsburg saying they’d loan us the money. Literally the day after my wife and I officially closed escrow, we picked the first grapes of the 2011 harvest. With approximately 5 acres of the original vines planted in 1910 still in production today, it is our pleasure and goal to produce wines that live up to the 100 year heritage that preceded us. With the incredible fruit that only the Collins Vineyard can produce, we are able to produce wines noted not only for their exceptional balance and elegance, but wines with a sense of history and place as well.