Nature Hates Monoculture

RSV’s 200+ acres of vineyard land is primarily about grapes, but we also leave dozens of acres fallow with permanent wild areas and natural habitat for beneficial insects and predators. We want to take advantage of nature’s checks and balances to do the work for us. But more than that, RSV is inspired by the historical farm. In times past, wine grapes grew as part of a rich regional culinary tradition. The food of the region informed and possibly drove the wine industry, creating natural pairings handed down through generations. RSV’s vineyards are a haven for honey bees, birds of prey, vibrant flowers, bountiful fruit orchards and lush vegetable gardens. The bounty from each season complements our wine, adds dimension to RSV dinner menus, sparks creative ideas and lifts the senses.

Every vine for every wine was planted by RSV with every vineyard certified* organic.

*RSV’s vineyards are certified by C.C.O.F. – California Certified Organic Farmers. As of the 2013 vintage RSV no longer uses the trademarked words “Demeter” or “Biodynamic” – no matter, RSV has not changed farming philosophy.

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The Three Amigos Vineyard

Established: 1982
Total Acreage:
71.55
Planted Acreage:
57.17
Vines: Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir and Merlot

Influenced by its proximity to the San Pablo Bay, the Three Amigos Vineyard is one of RSV’s coolest locales and encompasses three adjacent vineyards with clay loam soil located off Las Amigas Road in Los Carneros. The Amigo 1 Vineyard is also home to RSV’s olive orchard and over 40 fruit and nut trees.

 

 

The SLD Estate Vineyard

Established: 1986
Total Acreage:
42.52
Planted Acreage:
4.2
Vines: Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot

RSV’s Stags Leap District Estate vineyard wraps around the winery in terraced steps that rise towards the rocky outcrops dotting the rugged Vaca Range.  Course, eroded volcanic soils drive roots deep and limit vigor and yields. Block 422 (formerly 421) was replanted in 2019 due to severe damage caused by the Atlas Fire of 2017.

 

The Vandal Vineyard

Established: 1986
Total Acreage:
73.28
Planted Acreage:
45.77
Vines: Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Franc. Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel

The Vandal Vineyard straddles a ridge of land that rises out of upper Carneros to join the shoulder of Mt. Veeder. Removed a bit from the Bay, there’s slightly more sun and protection from the wind than the lower Carneros, with clay loam and some red volcanic soils that are better drained.

The Capa Vineyard

Established: 1992
Total Acreage:
27.00
Planted Acreage:
9.09
Vines: Pinot Noir, Primitivo and Zinfandel

Capa was a dog. He lived most of his 16 years on the home vineyard we named in his honor. Comprised of clay loam soil, the vineyard’s slope faces southwest with a perfect aspect to the afternoon summer sun, leading to fully ripe fruit that yields a balanced wine with well-developed tannins.

The OSR Vineyard

Established: 1996
Total Acreage:
44.18
Planted Acreage:
27.60
Vines: Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir and Merlot

A vineyard with clay loam soils off Old Sonoma Road in Los Carneros. OSR hosts 4 acres of unplanted hillside and a swale we are working to restore with native California vegetation. In the heart of Carneros, OSR produces some of our best cool climate Merlot.

The Scintilla Sonoma Vineyard

Established: 2001
Total Acreage:
51.56
Planted Acreage:
21.78
Vines: Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer, Muscat, Riesling and Pinot Noir

Just over the Napa County line and a stone’s throw from the San Pablo Bay on the Sonoma side of the Carneros region, this vineyard is home to Alsatian varietals, the RSV Truffle Orchard and a flock of woolly sheep. Sheep have been grazing RSV’s vineyards in the winter for many years. These living tractors mow the cover crop, reduce the use of fossil fuels, fertilize the soil and aid in frost control by keeping the cover crops low when the Diablo clay is too wet for tractors.

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