We are proud to announce that the fruit of our first harvest this fall will be sold to Kosta Browne Winery, a renowned Russian River Valley winery whose Pinot Noir was named Wine Spectator’s Wine of the Year in 2011. We are celebrating this achievement by launching a new section called Steps to Harvest. Through slideshows, videos and blogs, we’ll track the progression of our first growing season and offer insights into the world of a Sonoma County winegrower.
Since our purchase of a bit of property in the heart of the Russian River Valley almost four years ago, our Pinot Noir vines have spread their roots in the sandy Goldridge soil and thrived in the privileged conditions of the Russian River Valley AVA with its warm days, cool evenings and fog-draped mornings. Celeste and I and the rest of our hard-working team — vineyard manager Ulises Valdez and viticulturalist Kristin Lowe – can’t wait to see the results. Please join us on this journey.
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: 3.75 planted acres. 6,800 vines planted.
Spring 2011 plantings: Pommard/Riperia Gloire and Calera/1616C. All FPS certified stock.
Row orientation: east/west; six-by-four spacing
Based on a theme by Satrya