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Our Estate Vineyards

CALISTOGA

RUTHERFORD

AMERICAN CANYON

CARNEROS

YOUNTVILLE

Grgich Hills Estates cultivates estate vineyards across hundreds of acres.

Ivo on Farming Practices

Flavors from Soil

The flavor of wine captured in the wine glass starts with the grapes which are fed by the nutrients found in the vineyard soil.

Organic Farming and Terroir

The concept of terroir is rooted in the idea of place. Organic farming allows the land to be unadulterated, thus the wine will show the true essence of the vineyard.

Fighting Diseases with Healthy Soil

Only healthy soil can promote healthy vines. Farming organically ultimately helps prevent against disease in the vineyard.

Beyond Winemaking

Great wine begins in the vineyard. As a farmer you want to do right by the land and be proud of what you grow and produce.

Long term vineyard health

A healthy, organically grown vineyard is far more profitable in the long-term. Vineyards that are not chemically farmed can survive longer, providing fruit for decades.

Healthy Microbes, healthy Plants

Healthy microbes in the soil prepare necessary nutrients that feed the vines. Happy, healthy vines reward us with wonderfully tasting grapes.

Fighting Pollution

We see pollution everywhere these days. Organic farming reduces contaminated water runoff as well as CO2 emissions.

Feeding and Encouraging Microbes

You have to feed cows every day, it’s a no brainer, but we never think about feeding microbes. So you have to feed them and in return they work with plants.

CALISTOGA

RUTHERFORD

YOUNTVILLE

CARNEROS

AMERICAN CANYON

Calistoga Map With cloudless days and cool nighttime temperatures, our 34-acre Calistoga vineyard is perfect for growing sun-loving Zinfandel, 2.9 acres of which were planted more than 100 years ago. Our Miljenko’s Old Vine Zinfandel is the showcase for these wines.

Purchased: 1997

Dates Planted: 1889, 1985, 1999, 2000

Total Acreage: 34

Zinfandel – 21.5 acres

Cabernet Sauvignon – 7.6 acres

Petite Sirah – 2.6 acres

Crljenak Kaštelanski – 2.3 acres

Soil: Reddish, gravelly loam that has excellent drainage

American Canyon This is the largest of our five vineyards. We can receive higher quality, concentrated fruit with slightly cooler temperatures than Carneros and stronger winds that reduce the vines’ vigor.

Purchased: 1996

Planted: 1998, 1999, 2000

Total Acreage: 121.5

Chardonnay – 60.5 acres

Sauvignon Blanc – 42 acres

Merlot – 11.6 acres

Riesling and Gewürztraminer – 5.0 acres

Soil: Primarily sandy loam, some clay loam topsoil over slate subsoil. Merlot planted to clay.

Rutherford Map The Rutherford appellation boasts a warm, well-suited climate for growing full-bodied, extracted Cabernet. In 2000, we planted 17.3 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon and 1-acre of Petit Verdot, which we use to blend into our Cabernet Sauvignon.

Purchased/Planted: 1977

Replanted: 2000

Total Acreage: 17.6

Cabernet Sauvignon – 16.6 acres

Petit Verdot – 1 acre

Soil: Gravelly clay loam, which is part of the Rutherford alluvial fan

Carneros Map Summer fog and constant cooling wines make it arguably one of the finest regions to grow Chardonnay. These prized vines produce our legendary Chardonnay, and the best blocks we reserve for our Paris Tasting “Commemorative” Chardonnay and Miljenko’s Selection Chardonnay.

Purchased: 1989

Dates Planted: 1989, 1990, 1994, 2000

Total Acreage: 86.6

Chardonnay – 58 acres

Cabernet Sauvignon – 11.2 acres

Merlot – 7.1 acres

Sauvignon Blanc – 5.2 acres

Cabernet Franc – 5.1 acres

Soil: Clay, loam

Yountville Map Our 63-acre Yountville vineyard grows classic Bordeaux varietals on the valley floor. This vineyard is home to a 25-acre plot which are the second oldest Cabernet Sauvignon vines and was planted in 1959. These vines are showcased in our Yountville Old Vine Cabernet Sauvignon.

Purchased: 1984

Dates Planted: 1959, 1997, 2000, 2001

Total Acreage: 63.3

Cabernet Sauvignon – 52.8 acres

Petit Verdot – 5.4 acres

Merlot – 5.1 acres

Soil: Clay loam and loam topsoil, pebbly subsoil that encourages the vine’s roots to dig deep for nutrients and water

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