By Farr

Father Gary and son Nick Farr have merged their businesses, although the two labels (By Farr and Farr Rising) will continue. The estate plantings of pinot noir, chardonnay, shiraz and viognier cover the varieties made under the labels; wines from other regions fall under the Regional Dirt Banner. The combined production represents an even split for each of the two brands. The Farrs make exceptionally complex Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, the Shiraz and Viognier equally meritorious. JAMES HALLIDAY