Mother Vine Ranch—planted in 2000. 13: One acre of Pinot Grigio (grafted from Viognier in 2004). 14: Another acre of Pinot Grigio, grafted from viognier in 2007. All planted at 5.5 X 9 foot spacing, bilateral cordon with vertical shoot positioning. Named for the native vitis californicus grapevine growing on the property with a trunk over eight inches in diameter.
Fiddlehead Vineyard— planted in 2003, all plants on 5.5 by 9 foot spacing, drip irrigated. A large number of ferns grow alongside Slug Gulch Road (even though they aren't fiddlehead ferns, John's father was a violin maker who always referred to his creations as "fiddles"). One acre of Malbec clone 9 on 110R rootstock. One acre of Sauvignon Blanc on 1103P rootstock, grafted from Muscat Canelli in the spring of 2009. About 104 vines of Alicante Bouschet on 110R rootstock (resulting from a minor math error in the Serendipity Hill vineyard).
Serendipity Hill Vineyard— this area, which has dramatically different topography from the adjacent Piedras Grandes site (a swale or saddle rather than a steep slope), is planted to just under one acre of Alicante Bouschet on 110R rootstock, 5.5 x 9 foot spacing, on 110R rootstock, drip irrigated and head-trained. It provides a unique, obscure varietal wine.
Piedras Grandes Vineyard—acquired in August of 2002 and planted in July of 2003. The vines are head-trained, planted at 5.5 x 10 feet and drip irrigated. It was planned to convert the vines to dry farming, but experience with the site indicates the shallow soil may require continued irrigation. The name Piedras Grandes derives from the house-sized boulders that needed to be relocated for planting (and from the three that couldn't be budged and that now lurk just below the surface, waiting to surprise an unsuspecting tractor driver). A challenging site, the slope varies from about 10% at the ends to over 30% at the center. The grapes will struggle in this location, but the resulting wine should reflect the victory of vine over environment. One acre of Petite Sirah on 110R rootstock. One acre of Charbono, also on 110R.