The Ranch

In the 1870’s San Francisco became too crowded for John Wesley Hammond. The Homestead Act allowed John Wesley Hammond to claim unused government land.

The best land in the Napa Valley was gone with seemingly only less desirable outlying land available. John found available land on Atlas Peak, above the fog, with rich, red soil and lots of sun.

Atlas Peak is now recognized as a premier appellation. First to homesteading a 40 acre parcel, then moving up to the present ranch site of 240 acres. John planted grapes, fig trees and olive trees with trees of both species remaining in production today.

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