the dirt

We are organic dry-farmers.

The native cover crops are encouraged to grow thick in the winter and spring. After the rains, all the nutrients are turned back into the soil. Other than discing and weed-knifing, most of the work in the vineyard is done by hand. While the vineyard is very steep and it is hard work, we’re intent on individually maintaining the vines.

Our soil consists of heavy clay and porous sedimentary rock. We have double the rainfall of most of Paso, and our soil retains most of the moisture it receives. So, we don't irrigate.

We limit the amount of fruit that grows in the vineyard to only 1-2 tons per acre.

Because our terroir is so similar to the Rhone region of France, we are Rhone-centric. Other than Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel, we grow Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre, Counoise, Petite Sirah, Viognier, Roussanne, and Grenache Blanc. In total, we farm 49 acres of vines.