The size of Gantz Family Vineyards – just four planted acres on Laguna Ridge in the Russian River Valley AVA – allows Clay and Celeste Gantz to carefully tend to each of the 7,145 Pinot Noir vines like they were an extension of their family. As hands-on farmers, they work tirelessly with vineyard manager Ulises Valdez and viticulturalist Kris Lowe to create the best possible environment for the vines. Then they ask for Mother Nature’s help. They look to the cool nights, fog-covered mornings, sunny days, and sandy Goldridge soil to help create the quintessential Russian River Valley Pinot Noir fruit that they deliver to award-winning winemaker, Kosta Browne Winery.
Location: 1700 Laguna Road, Santa Rosa, California
Team: Clay and Celeste Gantz, owners; Ulises Valdez, vineyard manager; Kristin Lowe, viticulture consultant.
Soil: Goldridge sandy loam. W & S exposure. Moderate slopes.
Size: 4 planted acres. 7,145 vines planted.
Plantings: Pommard/Riperia Gloire, Calera/1616C, Calera/420A and TBD Chardonnay/1616C. All FPS certified stock.
Row orientation: east/west; six-by-four spacing
Based on a theme by Satrya