Otsuka People Talk

Paul Draper
Ridge Vineyards, CEO
Part 1

“Wine is one of the things that connects people to something real. And in this world of glass, concrete,
air-conditioning, it connects you to the Earth.”

“Special Interviews” are interviews with people who are not Otsuka employeesbut whose work is related to Otsuka.

July 2014

Ridge Vineyards' History

Ridge Vineyards is a leading and prestigious California winery that Otsuka Pharmaceutical acquired in 1986. Ridge Vineyards is famous not only in the United States but also in Europe as a consistent producer of award-winning, world-class wines.

Ridge Vineyards’ approach to wine production emphasized traditional methods and uses processes that are as natural as possible in both grape cultivation and wine fermentation.

Mr. Paul Draper, the CEO of Ridge Vineyards and an unparalleled winemaker who has been with Ridge for more than 40 years, continues to craft superior wines with exceptional balance and longevity.

Since its founding, Ridge has remained steadfast in its commitment to bringing forth the individual character and distinctiveness of each individual vineyard; most of Ridge’s estate wines are made from grapes grown at single sites, and are named after these individual vineyards.

A bottle of Monte Bello 1971, the top-place finisher at the Judgment of Paris

Ridge Vineyards uses Cabernet Sauvignon and Bordeaux varietals, as well as Zinfandels, which are representative American varietals, and Chardonnay, considered the queen of whites. Ridge has two locations, one in the Santa Cruz Mountains close to California’s Silicon Valley, and the other north of San Francisco in Sonoma County, home of the Zinfandel varietals.

Why Ridge?

One of the reasons Mr. Draper joined Ridge was because all the techniques that he had learned were techniques that had been used in California in the 19th century, and were basically identical to the techniques that were being used in Bordeaux.


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