Vineyard on the Alameda is no more

by Linda Hubbard on May 14, 2021

The two-acre vineyard that’s delighted cyclists and drivers passing by the corner of the Alameda and Polhemus in Atherton for almost 30 years is no more.

According to an article in Climatewc, Ann Ramsey, who is the third generation owner of the land, planted the vineyard in 1994. She operated what was called Orchard Hills Vineyards selling Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc to local markets and liquor stores.

In recent years the vineyard has been managed by David Page, owner of La Honda Winery.

“The vineyard was diseased in 2008 when we took over its care, so much so the owner been told to remove and replant it by other vineyard managers,” he emailed InMenlo. “So for the last 12 years it had a lovely extended retirement. Over the last one to two years, its health was getting worse and worse so the owner decided to call time.”

Photo of now barren lot by Robb Most (c) 2021


Becca May 15, 2021 at 10:56 am

Nice to read this article. We have enjoyed seeing the small vineyard and appreciate some of the background. I wonder if they are selling the land or just stopping with the business. In any case we have appreciated aging it in the neighborhood.

Robert Cronin May 16, 2021 at 11:18 pm

Unfortunately the vineyard is now a reservoir of loathed, a noxious weed also known as puncture weed.

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