|Owner(s)||Edwin Richards, Chris Thorpe, Naomi Thorpe|
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The name Adastra is taken from the Latin saying per aspera ad astra, "through striving to the stars." Family owned, Adastra is run by Naomi and Chris Thorpe and son-in-law Edwin Richards, and features wines from Adastra Vineyards. Pam Starr has been the winemaking consultant since 1997.
The Thorpes bought the 33-acre Carneros ranch that became Adastra in 1984. Adastra Vineyards was established in 1989, returning vines to the Carneros property for the first time since Prohibition. 6 acres of Pinot Noir (Swan, Pommard, Wädenswil, Dijon 113 and 115), 7 acres of Chardonnay and 7 acres of Merlot are planted. Adastra's vineyards are certified by the California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF).
All the Pinot Noir was sold to Etude beginning in 1997, but a small amount was withheld in 2002 to launch the Adastra label. Talisman has sourced grapes in recent years.
Adastra is open for private tours by appointment.