Vineyards
You may be surprised to find that there are over 100 vineyards in Lamorinda. We find it is very appealing to make wine from grapes grown in Lamorinda, our local community. And it is a great place to grow them. Our temperature profile compares very favorably with some of the best winegrowing areas of Napa and Sonoma. Further, with our hilly terrain, Lamorinda vineyards are typically on hillsides for good drainage, a trait favorable to wine quality. The Lamorinda Wine Growers Association filed an application in 2013 to have Lamorinda be recognized as an American Viticultural Area (AVA) due to its unique climate, topography and geology. The application has been approved and Lamorinda is now an official AVA. It may be until end-summer 2016 or later before it appears on labels due to the logistics of getting government label approvals and labels printed for bottles that have not yet been labeled.

We work closely with several local growers each year who are also interested in making the best wine possible. This leads to practices that favor quality as we work in partnership to make incremental improvements in the vineyard and learn how each vineyard responds in the cellar.

Isabelle's Vineyard
This, our largest vineyard partner, produces Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Sangiovese just outside Moraga, within the new Lamorinda AVA. On a steep hill side with a moderately cool temperature profile, these well balanced, low yielding vines produce great color and depth of flavor.

Mary Leigh's Vineyard
Mary Leigh's sloping vineyard produces Chardonnay, Sangiovese and Syrah. Located in Moraga, a cooler portion of Lamorinda, it is perfect for Chardonnay and a bit on the cool side for the reds. The result has been award winning wines. The Chardonnays have been well structured with a great balance of fruit and acid. Reds have produced excellent depth in warmer years and more nuanced wines in cooler years.

Jon's Vineyard
Jon is Mary Leigh's neighbor. The vines are close enough that if you took down the fence it would look like one vineyard. It should come as no surprise, then, that Jon's vineyard has also produced award-winning wines. We are very glad to have his Sangiovese, Merlot and Chardonnay back with us after a few years of absence.

Cattell Vineyard
This is our only vineyard not from Lamorinda. We couldn't help ourselves. Scott Cattell grows Pinot Noir in a special area of the Russian River Valley known as the "Golden Triangle". Here, in addition to the cool climate near Forestville, is a patch of fine, well drained "Goldridge" soil. Scott's grapes yield aromatic wines with wonderful fruit and depth. We know you will excuse us for straying from Lamorinda just this once.

Nazeri Vineyard
This steep hillside vineyard in Moraga grows Merlot, Syrah and Pinot Noir. Yields on this vineyard are low and the fruit is concentrated. This is our first year making wine from this vineyard and we are excited to have them in the fold.

Lupita's Vineyard
This is another steep hillside vineyard (do you see a pattern?) with a twist. This is the only Lamorinda vineyard we are aware of with rocky volcanic soil. Facing cool Lost Valley and the Oakland hills, it was dumped on eons ago when Round Top volcano (Oakland hills) in Sibley Park erupted. As a result, the vines struggle to produce wonderful Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah, Primitivo and a tiny amount of Viognier fruit. We are excited to be making wine from here in the Fall.

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