Lynmar and the highly acclaimed Quail Hill Vineyard constitute the sixth child of Lynn and Mara Fritz. Mara, a linguist, gourmet cook and mother of five and Lynn, an attorney, Chairman and CEO of Fritz Companies, an international shipping giant, purchased the Quail Hill Vineyard in 1982. An established, dry-farmed, low yielding vineyard, devoted exclusively to Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, Quail Hill reminded the Fritzes of Burgundy. From the beginning, this husband and wife team lovingly tended their unique, cool climate Russian River vineyard, turning out a small production of prized grapes. Within a few years, Quail Hill was commanding the highest prices for its fruit in Sonoma County. In response to the superior fruit and the overwhelming acclaim emanating from the Quail Hill Vineyard, Lynn and Mara decided to become winemakers. In 1990, the Fritzes founded Lynmar, their small family winery. Their mission, then and now, remains the same; namely, their sole goal is to produce the finest Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in the Russian River Valley. At the heart of this quest lies the superior quality of the Quail Hill Vineyard and the Fritzes personal devotion and involvement. The Quail Hill Vineyard possesses a unique terroir. The vineyard sits on a rise above and west of the Laguna de Santa Rosa, a wide expanse of old riparian forest, freshwater marsh and seasonal wetlands, that is home to rare species of plants and animals, including thousands of migratory birds. Here the growing season is long and the Goldridge soil, a well-drained combination of sand, silt and clay, is perfect for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. In addition, sustainable agricultural methods are used, and almost all vineyard work is done by hand.