"We are here to create and develop people that have a belief system about Lynmar. Not only the product, but what we do and why we do it."

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Lynn Fritz

Proprietor

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Past

Lynn Fritz first purchased Quail Hill Ranch and Vineyards in 1980, drawn to the maritime climate and the authenticity of the rolling Russian River vineyards. The property has some of the oldest Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vines planted in the Russian River Valley. The grapes from these early vines were bought by Tony Soter and Merry Edwards to make wines considered to be some of the best in the Russian River Valley. Lynmar began a small winemaking activity in the early 1990s and produced small amounts of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, which were extremely well received. Over the next 35 years, Lynn purchased several contiguous properties, which have been amalgamated into a single stunning estate bordered by the Laguna de Santa Rosa watershed.  

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Present

Led by the belief that wines are made in the vineyard, our greatest effort is focused on ensuring that everything that comes into the winery is of the highest quality and features sufficient diversity to provide a broad palette for the winemaking team. Our three vineyards encompass fifteen clones of Pinot Noir and 4 clones of Chardonnay, meticulously planted with painstaking efforts to match the best clonal and rootstock material to ideal soil conditions. An array of pruning and spacing methods and block by block sustainable farming by an in-house team combine to yield exquisite fruit with distinct flavor profiles. Our state-of-the-art, gravity-flow winery and caves extend the ideal environment for making and aging ultra-premium wine. Our hospitality center graces the beauty of the site with simple elegance, welcoming guests to indulge in a memorable experience while tasting from our portfolio of 21 wines. Our gardens express the bounty of Sonoma County, providing fruits, vegetables and herbs for our chef, who prepares wine-friendly meals. The gorgeous borders that surround the vineyards attract beneficial insects and hummingbirds, providing a natural barrier from pests.

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Future

Led by Lynn and Anisya, who are resident proprietors, the underlying theory of everything we do is that the whole must be bigger than the sum of the parts. Everyone at Lynmar understands that the remarkable gift of the land must be matched by tireless efforts to push the boundaries of excellence in the vineyards, in our winemaking and in our hospitality. We are constantly experimenting, learning and improving, always excited by the challenge of getting better, as a winery, as a team and as hosts to the remarkable guests that visit us from all over the world.

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Lynn Fritz Proprietor

Lynn Fritz purchased Quail Hill Ranch in 1980, envisioning the property as a rural retreat from a hectic international corporate life. But as the years passed, he realized serendipity had handed him a rare gift: he was the steward of a truly remarkable piece of land, one that stood out as something of a prodigy in the Russian River Valley. 

"Once I really realized what we had here, the only logical choice was to push the boundaries of the estate to bring it to its full potential. If you had a child who was a prodigy in music, you would devote everything you had to helping that child reach his or her full potential. That's how we feel about Quail Hill."

Lynn and wife Anisya have added six contiguous pieces around Quail Hill to create the 100-acre estate, and acquired two additional estate vineyards within the Russian River Valley as well. Download Lynn's bio

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Anisya Fritz Proprietor

Lynn and Anisya Fritz stepped away from their demanding international careers in 2008, to make the Lynmar Estate their permanent home. Once here, they began to experience the deep magnetic pull of Quail Hill, and set about transforming the property to a true artisan wine estate.

"We wanted to create a real sense of place for our guests, so they could explore beyond their palate and immerse themselves in the experience through the food, the wine and the scenery."

Anisya’s vision has grown into a shared community of wine & food aficionados. Nearly everyone who arrives on our doorstep has been sent by a friend. Working hand in hand with Executive Chef David Frakes and the garden and hospitality teams, Anisya continues to expand and evolve our food & wine experiences, responding to the new flavors and textures each season and vintage brings. Download Anisya's bio