The rolling English Hills sit on the northwestern side of Solano County. In the summer they are covered with golden grass occasionally studded with green patches of Digger pines or Valley and Live oaks. One exception is notable–the verdant rows of the vineyard at Red Bud Ranch, the home of Julie LePla Winery.
The winery, owned and operated by Julie and Rick DeNapoli, is the second in Vacaville. By anyone’s terms the winery is small. Using grapes from the half acre of Zinfandel vines on Red Bud Ranch, the production is limited to 80-100 cases annually. Each case represents the sweat, the challenge and the joy of the cycles of grape-growing and wine-making. The end of one marks the beginning of the other.