The delta of the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers converges into rich agricultural land, creating over 70 small islands and estuaries, among them our home ranch on Andrus Island. The microclimate of the Delta makes grape growing here ideal. During the summer months, the Central Valley heats up, drawing the cool breezes in from the Pacific Ocean, through San Francisco Bay, over the Coastal Range and into the Delta. These diurnal breezes cool the grapes, helping them retain their natural acidity and freshness. While grapes grow wild in the Delta, it hasn’t been until the last century that grape cultivation has taken flight. As mass-production still dominates the market, we are proud to be counted among the select few family-owned and operated wineries.
As active Delta farmers, we are committed to preserving the land. That is why we support Restore the Delta, a grassroots organization that is working to restoring the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and the Bay-Delta estuary. To give or to find out how you can help, we encourage you to visit their website at www.restorethedelta.org.
The Six Hands Estate has been farmed for four generations, starting with Joseph Machado in the early 1900s. The Syrah and Viognier vines were planted in 1994 in fine, sandy loam soil, are trellised in the single cordon training system, and are sustainably farmed. Our vineyards and cherry orchards surround our ancestral family home and the winery, and serve as the setting for all of our annual winery events.
The Crescis have been our longtime partners and friends. They farm sustainably and have owl boxes situated throughout the vineyard to offer a natural method of pest control. The Chenin Blanc vines were planted in 1983 in rocky, medium clay soil with eastern sun exposure. The Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah vines were planted in 1987 in gravel and medium-fine clay soil, also with eastern sun exposure. The vines are trellised entirely in the single cordon training system.
We are proud to source our Carignane and Zinfandel grapes from Lodi's Cusumano Vineyard. The vines are planted in San Joaquin loam soils, and the Zinfandel vines date back to the late 1950s. The vines are head-pruned and farmed with a low impact to the environment. Out of respect for the ongoing water deficit, the vineyard is minimally irrigated throughout the season, which increases grape flavor and concentration.
Heringer Holland Vineyard is certified in sustainable farming. The Chardonnay vines were planted in 1987 and the Petite Sirah vines were planted in 2000. Both are planted in fine, sandy loam, and are trellised in the vertical shoot positioning system.
The vineyards are situated in cool climates, with La Encantada being one of the coolest in the AVA. La Encantada was planted in 2000 on a ridge which straddles the Santa Ynez River Valley, enjoying full exposure to the cooling afternoon breezes coming in from the Pacific. The vineyard soils are a product of the Monterey Formation which includes three types of soils: Gazos clay-loam, Ballard fine sandy loam and Sta. Lucia shaley clay-loam. Salsipues Vineyard is situated on a slope ranging from 150 feet in elevation to 1000 feet, offering a range of different sun exposures as well as terroirs—Tierra eroded loam, Crow Hill loam and Gasos clay loam soils. Its proximity to the Pacific brings a cool and ideal climate for growing Pinot Noir.
Our Mourvedre is sourced from Silvaspoon Vineyard in Lodi’s sub-AVA of Alta Mesa. Planted in 1997, the vines enjoy cool night temperatures and warm days, and the vineyard is farmed sustainably and Lodi Rules certified.
Various vineyards throughout Healdsburg in Sonoma County are the source of the Chardonnay and the Pinot Noir used for our sparkling cuvee, “Célébration.” The cool growing area provides the perfect conditions for ripeness while retaining the acidity necessary to make first class sparkling wine. The vineyards are farmed sustainably with minimal impact to the land. The vines are narrowly spaced, using a vertical shoot positioning which help to promote even ripening and full sun exposure.
Both our Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot come from Yolo Vineyards in the Dunnigan Hills AVA. The Merlot was planted in 1994 on a hillside vineyard with southern sun exposure in gravelly loam soil, and the Sauvignon Blanc was planted in 1998 in clayey loam soil. The vines are trellised in the single cordon training system, with traditional spacing between plants, and are farmed sustainably.