The property that is now our family hillside estate vineyard in Dry Creek Valley was planted as the early 1900's. Today, our ten-acre vineyard is divided into six small blocks of Syrah and five small blocks of Viognier. The vineyard blocks scale hillsides with slopes ranging from 20% to 45%. Long sunny temperate days with morning fog and cooling evening breezes provide perfect natural elements for growing Syrah and Viognier.
In 1999 our seventeen-acre property had six hillside acres planted to Syrah. We added plantings of Syrah and plantings of Viognier, and currently have 10 acres planted. In addition to grapevines, we planted Spanish and Tuscan olive trees. The ranch also has fruit trees like persimmon, fig and plum, a substantial enclosed vegetable and cut flower garden, and a 'Magic Forest' that includes bay, oak, fir, and majestic redwood trees. There are dozens of antique rose plants which includes one of our favorites, the climbing rose, Sally Holmes.
Our Winery is fully integrated producing approximately 1,000 cases annually of premium hand-crafted Estate Syrah, Estate Viognier, Field Blend Rosé, and our Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon which is “Hermitaged” with about 5-7% of our Estate Syrah. The vineyard blocks are managed by Atlas Vineyard Management Company, and the family handles all other aspects of the winery: crushing and destemming, monitoring and tending to the fermentation process, racking and overseeing the continual aging time, bottling, then labeling and hand dipping each bottle in wax before releasing to our Club JADS Members and our Guests. Our Estate Syrah is aged 3 years in large format Taransaud French Oak puncheons, and our Angle of Repose Syrah is aged 4 years before bottling. We age our Reserve Cabernet 2 years and our Field Blend Rosé for 6 months.
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Our family works well as a team. Bret and Alexis are our winemakers and oversee the viticulture work. They can often be found in the wine cave tasting room with guests. They work together in all facets of winemaking and operations. Gerry and Diane continue as Founders and make themselves available for consultation. All of us are so grateful to be part of the world of wine, and enjoy being part of the community in Healdsburg and beautiful Dry Creek Valley.