It is our philosophy that along with hard work, we all have an obligation to appreciate and enjoy life. In that spirit, we have created wines that are approachable and easy to enjoy. Our wines are equally at home on the table for a special occasion or on the picnic table in your back yard at a casual cook out. We have done the hard work so you can relax and celebrate all of life's little pleasures!
In 1968, Joe Muller Sr. and his wife Marie were faced with a daunting decision. Urban encroachment was forcing them to move from their productive dairy in San Jose. With their six children in tow, Joe and Marie decided on a remote ranch in northern Yolo County on the corner of Roads 19 and 95 which was the original rural postal Route Three. Joe decided to build a row crop ranch and was soon growing processing tomatoes, grain and alfalfa. Throughout the years, all six of his children have worked on the farm in some capacity. Today, Joe is retired and three of his sons have continued to farm under the name of Joe Muller & Sons.
In 1988 Joe Muller & Sons planted their first vineyard in what is now the Dunnigan Hills AVA and in 1994 they created Yolo Vineyards as a sister company. Yolo Vineyards has continued to expand its vineyard operations and has moved to other crops. Today Yolo Vineyards farms 270 acres of wine grapes, grapevine nursery stock, super high density olive oil olive trees and walnuts.
Route 3 Wines was born in 2007 as Yolo Vineyards explored new ways to survive in an increasingly difficult wine grape market. All of the grapes used in production of Route 3 Wines come from Yolo Vineyards' historic Hucke Ranch. The Hucke (hook-key) Ranch was named after the family who originally owned the ranch and farmed dry land grain and sheep on the same hills that produce our wonderful wines today. We chose to name our wines Route 3 because we like the symbolism of the connection to our history and our commitment to the future of our farming.