Farming

 

 

Farming

Being the fourth generation of our family to farm this land makes us all the more conscious of our responsibility to it. To minimize our impact on the environment, we farm sustainably. This extra attention to detail not only makes for healthy grapes and soil, but it also makes for a healthy biodiversity in the vineyards, where we see countless rabbits, coyotes, owls, and hawks who also call this place home. In addition to working the vineyard around our ranch—located in the Clarksburg AVA—we also source our grapes from local growers in four other appellations: Lodi, Dunnigan Hills, the North Coast and the Sta. Rita Hills. We’ve enjoyed personal relationships with our partners for well over a decade, walking the vineyards together, tasting the grapes during the growing season, and selecting only the finest. We harvest by hand at the peak of ripeness to achieve the optimal foundation for our wines.

Our close relationships with partner-growers have allowed us to tailor vineyard management to exact specifications. Cover crops are mowed during the growing season to help manage the moisture levels in the soil. All vineyard work, from pruning to harvest, is done entirely by hand. Each vine is prune and debudded to two buds per spur, which helps us reduce yields, add rigor to the vine, and produce top quality wines. This makes it possible to avoid crop thinning all together. Yields average approximately three tons per acre. Click the following links for more information about:

Sustainablility

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