Our farming experience spans nearly a half-century in the Napa Valley. We seek vineyard locations that possess the requirements for producing fruit of stature and compelling consistency: a temperate climate of warm days and cool nights, porous alluvial, hillside and mountain soils with balanced nutrient deposits, and ample degree days to promote prolonged hangtime for optimal maturation.
Water Less: Dry farming, or as close to dry farming as environmentally possible, promotes a natural path to vine regulation and vigor control for optimal fruit yields.
Cover it Up: Cover crops, such as oats, vetch and winter peas planted along side seasonal mustard, provide organic matter and soil structure that promote root growth. They also provide a vibrant habitat for beneficial insects and birds that in turn create biological control against vine pests.
Commit No Evil: No weed is evil. Herbicide use of any kind is strictly prohibited.
Use the Slow Hand: Tending the vines by hand is a family tradition and integral to growing fruit of the highest quality. A typical season will require no fewer than six passes for shoot and cluster thinning.
Be Cool: Optimal fruit health is best preserved by picking early in the morning, preferably just as dawn breaks. This assures the fruit comes in cool prior to hand-sorting and destemming.