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Presqu'ile Vineyard

In the ribbon of land between the Pacific Ocean and the Central Coast's San Rafael mountains, ancient sand dunes and Santa Maria's exceptionally long growing season allow the flavors and characteristics of our grapes to be fully realized.

Deep, sandy soils devoid of nutrients, along with diverse sun exposures, contribute to ideal conditions for growing Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. A particularly steep temperature gradient between the coast and the coastal mountains creates a narrow zone with the perfect balance of cool marine breezes and California heat.

Vineyard manager, Jim Stollberg, winemaker Dieter Cronje and Matt Murphy have worked hand-in-hand to accentuate the diversity within our site. They began by mapping the site's distinct airflows, patterns of sunlight, hillside angles and elevations. Benefiting from a clean slate, they planned the vineyards to be sure that each grape variety was planted in multiple locations, row directions and spacing, on multiple clones and rootstocks, to maximize distinctions. The result is a winemaker's dream – a treasure trove of individuality from which to craft truly unique blends or small lot bottlings.

Total Acres: 72. 7

Planting History: Prior to Presqu'ile's vineyards, the site was a gladiola bulb and cut-flower farm. We continue to get the occasional volunteer 'glad', a happy reminder of the site's past.

Trellising: Vertical Shoot Positioning (VSP) & Scott Henry

Spacing: 6X4' and 8X4'

 

Block 1A

Acres: 10.58
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Rootstock: 101-14, 5C
Clones: 777, 667
Spacing: 4x8'
Year Planted: 2001
Density: 1,361 vines / acre
Trellising: VSP

Block 2A

Acres: 3.25
Varietal: Syrah
Rootstock: 101-14, 420A
Clones: 470, 383
Spacing: 4x8'
Year Planted: 2009
Density: 1,361 vines /acre
Trellising: VSP

Block 2B

Acres: 3.29
Varietal: Syrah
Rootstock: 420A, 101-14
Clones: 174, 470
Spacing: 4x8'
Year Planted: 2009
Density: 1,361 vines /acre
Trellising: VSP

Block 2C

Acres: 15.56
Varietal: Sauvignon Blanc
Rootstock: 101-14
Clones: 1, 20, 376, 297, 14, 18
Spacing: 4x8'
Year Planted: 2009
Density: 1,361 vines/acre
Trellising: VSP, Scott Henry

Block 3A

Acres: 21.44
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Rootstock: 101-14, own root
Clones: 115, 667, 777, Pommard, Mt. Eden
Spacing: 4x6'
Year Planted: 2008
Density: 1,815 vines/acre
Trellising: VSP

Block 3A

Acres: 6.92
Varietal: Chardonnay
Rootstock: own root, 1103P, 101-14
Clones: 4, 76, 95, 96
Spacing: 4x6'
Year Planted: 2008
Density: 1,815 vines/acre
Trellising: VSP

Block 3B

Acres: 2.59
Varietal: Chardonnay
Rootstock: 101-14
Clones: 76, 124, 131
Spacing: 4x6'
Year Planted: 2009
Density: 1,815 vines/acre
Trellising: VSP

Block 3C

Acres: 3.20
Varietal: Chardonnay
Rootstock: 101-14
Clones: 76, 124, 131
Spacing: 4x6'
Year Planted: 2009
Density: 1,815 vines/acre
Trellising: VSP

Block 3D

Acres: 1.22
Varietal: Nebbiolo
Rootstock: 101-14
Clones: 6
Spacing: 4x8'
Year Planted: 2009
Density: 1,361 vines/acre
Trellising: VSP

Block 5C

Acres: 4.63
Varietal: Chardonnay
Rootstock: 101-14
Clones: 76, 124, 131
Spacing: 4x6'
Year Planted: 2009
Density: 1,815 vines/acre
Trellising: VSP