Located on the western ridges of the Mayacamas Range, the Veeder Peak vineyard sits at a lofty elevation of 1,800 feet. Though morning sun tempers the climate, shallow soil profiles combined with a low concentration of minerals and nutrients challenge the vitality of the vines. Struggling in this mountainous volcanic terrain forces the vines to seek out nutrients and in turn produce berries with intensely concentrated fruit.
Tenuta di Arceno, Chianti Classico, Tuscany
Ranging in altitude from 1,000 to 1,500 feet, the Tenuta di Arceno estate comprises 10 different mesoclimates planted to 63 blocks with 12 different soil types. Each block has been planted to the varieties best suited to the site’s unique soil profile, facing, slope, water uptake and heat potential.
Trace Ridge, Knights Valley, Sonoma County
Knights Valley, the easternmost Sonoma County appellation, divides Sonoma and Napa Counties. Protected from direct Pacific Ocean influence, these mountain vineyards enjoy balmy afternoons and cool evenings that provide the ideal environment for growing Bordeaux-style varieties, particularly Cabernet Sauvignon.
Hawkeye Mountain, Alexander Valley, Sonoma County
Located in Sonoma County’s volcanically-derived Mayacamas Mountains, the Hawkeye Mountain vineyard is perched high above the valley floor on dramatic slopes. Fog strains to reach the chilled top of the mountain, resulting in large temperature swings daily, which are only tempered by the constant winds driven by the Pacific Ocean
Jackson Park, Bennett Valley, Sonoma County
The Jackson Park Ranch is located 930 feet above Bennett Valley's floor. There are 6 soil types and 37 blocks over the 100 acres planted to vine. Oxidized red clay is a major component, a primary factor for planting Merlot at this site. The climate conditions are cooler than typical in Sonoma, allowing sufficient time for the grapes to reach full phenolic ripeness.