First planted in 1990, our vineyard has been carefully tended for over a quarter of a century. Located in the heart of the Russian River Valley, nearby neighbors include the historic Saralee Vineyard at La Crema, Kistler Trenton Roadhouse Vineyard, and the Cutrer Vineyard at Sonoma-Cutrer.
Our prime terroir sees seasonal cool morning fog, followed by warm afternoons for ideal phenolic grape ripening. Frequent breezes from the Pacific provide cooling in the summer for diurnal temperature swings that can range by 40-50 degrees overnight. A perfect climate for growing our premium vinifera fruit. Our soil is sandy loam with shale and volcanic ash, which is also rocky, benefiting the vineyard by both retaining heat and draining well, to produce highly aromatic, flavorful fruit.
We are proud members of the Russian River Valley Winegrowers and are committed to careful land stewardship. We support the Sonoma County Sustainability Program and employ sustainable practices throughout our estate. Water is a precious resource, we use drip irrigation to limit water usage and participate in the Sonoma County Water Agency recycled water program. Owl nesting boxes are placed throughout the vineyard to sustainably control harmful rodents.
A labor intensive process, our 29 acre estate of vines are cared for by hand with pruning, shoot thinning, leaf removal and hedging all manually employed. Similarly, fruit is all hand-harvested in the fall.