Friday, March 30, 2012

Our Sonoma Coast Chardonnay Vineyard: Part 1

harvesting the '09 Chardonnay
When Steve and I got married, our dream was to own a farm. We were living in Davis, California, which is smack in the middle of some of the best farm land in the world. We didn't find anything that fit what we were looking for, and then Steve got a job as a viticulturalist in Napa (where he plans, supervises and coordinates the growing of grapes), and we started looking for land to farm in the Napa area.

Then in 2006, we met someone who had just bought land near the town of Sonoma and wanted to plant a vineyard, but had no idea how to do it. We were very excited because the soil was very rocky and very close to a vineyard that is famous for producing great quality wine (called the Durell Vineyard). So we leased the land and planted the vineyard. Because of all of the rocks, it was a much more difficult job than we thought, but the result is worth it...

Originally, we planned to sell all of the grapes to other wineries, but the vineyard site was so amazing, that we decided to make a small amount of MATTHIASSON Chardonnay from that vineyard and the wine is fantastic! We included the first vintage we made, our 2008 MATTHIASSON Sonoma Coast Chardonnay, in our wine club shipment last Spring, and the 2009 MATTHIASSON Sonoma Coast Chardonnay will be included in our Spring shipment this year.

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