Crane Melon Barn - Home of the Original Crane Melon
Oliver Crane, the son of Richard H. Crane, developed the Crane Melon in the early 1900s by crossing several varieties of melons, including a Japanese melon, a white melon, a Persian melon and an ambrosia melon among others.In 1852 a farmer named Richard Hope Crane, straight from the California gold fields, arrived on horseback to gaze over the Cotati Valley.From Weddings, Birthday Parties, Anniversary Parties, Wine Releases, and Endless Family Gatherings; Contact Crane Melon Barn for your special event Chester's Vineyard borders the Bennett Valley Appellation to the east and the Sonoma Coast Appellation to the westRichard Crane's Sculptures and Metal ArtCome Visit Crane Melon Barn - here are simple directions to find your way!Press Releases and News Media Welcome to Crane Melon Barn - In 1849, Richard Hope Crane arrived in California for the gold rush and, in 1852, settled in Santa Rosa. The property that Richard purchased was part of the vast Mexican land grant, Cotate Rancho.
Crane Melon Barn
4935 Petaluma Hill Road
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
(707) 795 6987
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Crane Vineyard Pinot Noir
Crane Canyon Ranch ~ a farming tradition for over 150 years


In 1852 a farmer named Richard Hope Crane, straight from the California gold fields, arrived on horseback to gaze over the Cotati Valley. He fell in love with the fertile soil and moderate climate and knew he wanted to stay and start a farm. He purchased property from Thomas Page who was the grantee of the vast Rancho Cotate land grant. With this land, land that now includes the Crane Melon Barn, Crane Canyon Ranch and farmland for the Crane Melons, Richard grew a variety of crops and raised livestock.

Over 150 years later the great, great grandson of Richard Hope Crane, Richard Hayden Crane, owns Crane Canyon Ranch and grows Crane Melons. His daughter, 6th generation farmer Jennifer Crane, established Chester’s Vineyard in 2002. Chester’s Vineyard borders the Bennett Valley appellation to the east and the Sonoma Coast appellation to the west, but does not fall into any official appellation. This orientation helps provide the warm days and cool evenings that pinot noir requires to produce high quality fruit

This orientation helps provide the warm days and cool evenings that Pinot Noir requires to produce high quality fruit.

Crane vineyard includes Dijon and Italian clone, all planted on 101-14 rootstock with a VSP trellis system. The 100% black clay soil helps retain moisture, ensuring that the vines are watered only occasionally. All of the farming practices in place at the Crane Vineyard help give the fruit distinct concentrated flavors and a complexity that you can only obtain with world class Pinot Noir.

In 2005 a 2-acre Pinot Noir block was planted at the Crane Melon Barn. The "Barn Block" is Pinot Noir Dijon clones on 101-14. The trellis is VSP and includes drip irrigation. Soils are sandy loan on the surface with clay underneath.

The current release is 2009 David Noyes Vineyard designated Crane Vineyard Pinot Noir.

Our growers and producers: David Noyes, www.davidnoyeswines.com and www.aubincellars.com

 

The Crane Family Melon Barn. 4935 Petaluma Hill Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95404

The Crane Family Melon Barn. 4935 Petaluma Hill Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95404