Maria Teresa, Empress of the Austro-Hungarian empire, declares the Zemplen forests of Tokaj, Hungary a national treasure and institutes the first wide-scale sustainably managed forest plan.
In the 1950s, Nicholas and Catherine Molnar escape Communist Hungary during the revolution and immigrate to California.
Nicholas Molnar discovers the potential in an untested plot of land for cultivating Chardonnay and Pinot Noir: Poseidon Vineyard, in the far southern reaches of Napa Carneros.
The Molnar boys, Arpad & Peter, are put to work in Poseidon Vineyard over the summer: tying vines, painting posts, and eating half frozen burritos.
After the Iron Curtain falls, Arpad and Peter Molnar live, study, and work in Budapest, Hungary.
The Molnar family discovers and helps rebuild the Kádár Hungary cooperage, and begins importing barrels to the Napa wine region.
Michael Terrien, while studying Enology at UC Davis, begins to explore and experiment with Pinot Noir grapes from Primo's Hill, a small hill within Poseidon Vineyard.
The Molnars discover an old abandoned walnut orchard in the Mayacamas Mountain range at elevation 2,640' and plant Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. Obsidian Ridge is born.
Arpad, Michael, and Peter join together to co-found Tricycle Wine Partners, and begin making wine in earnest, using the vineyard and oak sources they had been cultivating over the years.
Having outgrown various crush arrangements, the partners build a winery to house our wines: Poseidon Vineyard and Obsidian Ridge.
The Poseidon Vineyard & Obsidian Ridge tasting room opens in Sonoma.
More than 10 years after its start, the team remains focused on bringing together the finest ingredients of fruit and oak that have been nurtured for decades.
We are often asked the question: when were you founded? The short answer to that question is that Arpad, Peter, and Michael established Tricycle Wine Partners in 2003: the year that marked our first meaningful plunge into wine production. It also marked the time when our sustained but individual efforts (in growing, winemaking, coopering, and entrepreneurship) over many years were brought together through friendship, serendipity, and even historical accident.
The longer, more complicated, and ultimately more interesting answer (arrived at through many hours of animated discussion) is that our partnership together is a quilt of many stories, some as far back as 1956, pre-dating our arrival on this good earth. As with any long-term project such as the sustained creation of fine wine, we stand on the shoulders of the generational and geologic foundations built before us. In the timeline above, we offer some of these stories and highlights.