Ampelos vineyard is in the eastern end of the Sta. Rita Hills appellation—a cool climate area perfect for growing Pinot Noir, Grenache, Syrah, Viognier and Riesling. Our vineyard is one of the few vineyards that get the cool breeze from the Santa Rita Hills, Santa Rosa Hills and La Parisima Mountains.
1999 - purchased 82 acres with soils comprised of tierra loam, tierra sandy loam and
botella clay loam.
2000 - installed irrigation and trellis system for block 1-4.
2001 - planted first 15 acres, going east-west to take advantage of the sun during
the day, four feet between the vines and nine feet between the rows,
allowing us to have ideal vine and cover crop management and weed control.
2003 - implemented the Sustainability in Practice grape growing principles.
2004 - first harvest and we also planted 10 additional acres. The additional acres
has tighter spacing with seven feet between the rows and three feet
between each vine. We inter-planted 4% Pinot Gris with our Pinot Noir to
encourage co-fermentation and co-pigmentation to extract and bind more
tannins, color and flavor from the grapes.
2006 - converted to organic and biodynamic farming. Also harvested the new blocks
for the first time.
2008 – became certified Sustainability in Practice and grafted our acre of Syrah clone
99 to Grenache.
2009 - became certified Organic and Biodynamic.
2010— implemented 100% estate based composting program
2011— added 40 chickens are added to the insect control and fertilizing program.
Winery became certified Sustainability in Practice.
2013 – planted Rielsing for our Rosé.