From mines to vines
Our vineyards are situated within the English, Spanish, and Hacienda villages that were once inhabited by miners in the 1800s. Planted in 2014 with custom clone grafts from UC Davis, we farm just under five acres of vines. Our estate grows two blocks of Syrah, one block of Sauvignon Blanc and one block of Touriga Nacional, a unique Portuguese varietal considered by many to be Portugal’s finest. Despite the relatively low yields from its small grape, Touriga Nacional plays a big part in the blends used for traditional Ports. It produces our limited release Rosé and upcoming Port.
Syrah, Sauvignon Blanc and Touriga Nacional were selected because of our unique soil and temperature. Our microclimate keeps us slightly warmer than the surrounding areas during the day, and cooler in the evening due to the crisp breeze that flows from the Almaden Reservoir in front of the property. This creates unique characteristics within our Syrah and Sauvignon Blanc.