Richard Partridge Wines is a small family owned winery in the Napa Valley with just around 1,000 cases of Chardonnay and Cabernet produced each year. The low production and small operation keeps them from many mass marketing techniques, and it means they have to have a big story, luckily they do! Richard grew up around soybeans and wheat on the farms of Indiana, a far cry from the crops he would someday be cultivating. As an electrical engineer in Illinois he met his wife, Cris, and they soon moved to southern California to start up their own company, R.F. Partridge & Associates, Inc., which supplies large electrical generators and other backup power utilities to data centers, hospitals, military bases, and other large entities. From his experience, you could say Richard knows how to bring the power!
With their home in Orange County and a passion for visits to the Napa Valley, Cris and Richard decided to buy property in Napa. The rest, you could say, is history. A chance introduction to Bob Egelhoff began a winemaking relationship built on teamwork and creating the best possible wine from the best fruit in the Valley. Bob’s experience led to the premiere release, 1998 Cabernet Sauvignon, garnering the second highest rating for a '98 Napa Valley Cab from James Laube. They knew Richard had brought the power once again!
They want their label to continue to represent quality, and by keeping production small they can continue to keep their eye on every part of the winemaking process, from grape growing to seeing our bottles on the shelf!