Coming full circle: New owners at Indian Springs Ranch
By John and Marjorie MacLeod
This month, the entire MacLeod family learned that, even in 2020, life can deliver wonderful surprises. The story begins more than 50 years ago, when Indian Springs Ranch’s late founder and guiding spirit, George MacLeod, befriended a work colleague named Gordon Martin. [Editor: Many of our readers will remember George MacLeod for his Journey to Harvest columns in the Kenwood Press.]
Years later, Gordon’s son Charles spent a summer working at Indian Springs Ranch under George’s watchful eye. And last week, Charles Martin’s cousin, Graeme Martin Currie, along with Graeme’s wife Katie and their daughter Emma, took the keys as the new owners of the 48-acre property, which the MacLeods had purchased some 10 years after Gordon Martin and George became friends. The sale was final on Nov 2. “We’re completely delighted about becoming part of the Kenwood community,” said Graeme. “We have the utmost regard for what the MacLeods have done and meant to Kenwood, and we’re looking forward to enhancing that legacy.” The sale of the ranch closes a 46-year chapter of family history for George and Greta MacLeod, their four children and spouses, their seven grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.
All the MacLeods, and many of our friends, have learned to revere the land that George and Greta first saw in September 1974.
In four decades of growing grapes, and 15 years of making wine, there was no shortage of hard work, unexpected twists and turns in the “farmer’s game,” pride in doing all we could to make terrific products, or appreciation for how lucky we were to have this life in Sonoma Valley.
The MacLeods are deeply grateful for the friendship and support from everyone we have come to know – our many grape-growing and wine-making colleagues, our wine club members, our friends – in the Valley of the Moon.
We are thrilled to see the Currie family’s enthusiasm for the place that has meant so much to so many for so long.
As George liked to say, “The land remembers.”
So will the MacLeods, with great fondness. We wish the Curries all the best.