2011 Pinot Noir crop

Farmers Who Touch Every Vine

Farmers Who Touch Every Vine

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 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.

Quick Facts

Location: 1700 Laguna Road, Santa Rosa, California

Team: Clay and Celeste Gantz, owners; Kristin Lowe, viticulture consultant. Contract with Kosta Brown Winery.

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

Vine maintenance: cane pruned, drip irrigation, VSP trellising

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