Vineyards

Check out our Vineyards…

Casa Nuestra Winery uses almost 100% estate grown fruit, so our vineyards really are where it all begins.

We manage weeds with cultivation practices in the vineyard. Today we farm without any synthetic inputs. All products used in the vineyard are OMRI listed.

Throughout our more than thirty-year stewardship of these vineyards, preserving the property and protecting the water source from contaminates has always been a priority.

This commitment results in grape crops that offer maximum fruit intensity while only occasionally larger yields are sacrificed.

As we all know, outstanding wine can only be made from outstanding fruit.

View photos of past harvests here : 2005 | 2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009

CRUSH ME, MAKE ME WINE

Farming Practices.

To keep the estate’s ecosystem in good health, we have committed ourselves to earth-friendly, sustainable farming practices. Use of chemical herbicides and pesticides have been completely eliminated and replaced with techniques such as composting, planting of cover crops, using our new Kimco tractor attachment and even tethering goats such as our pregnant “Nubi” seen here munching away on unwanted weeds! We now employ her two kids, Nava & Cross for this task.    

The Kimco tractor attachment is a very exciting addition to our farm equipment collection. It is simple, earth friendly technology. When weeds have to be eliminated in the vineyard, it gently moves in between the vines tilling the weeds back into the soil, eliminating the need for chemicals.

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View a little Kimco in action clip here.

St. Helena Vineyards:

Some of the vines in front of our little winery date back to the early 1960′s. Our western facing hillside vineyard we named La Jolla del vineyard_st_helena_thumbnailNorte, is situated on the eastside of the Silverado Trail. This 5-acre vineyard supplies our Cabernet Sauvignon with only seven of its precious rows (as well as its fence-line) producing White Riesling – planted in 1966.
The vineyard planted on the southern portion of Casa Nuestra’s estate, produces Chenin Blanc. The 1.4 acre vineyard grows in a Roman-style, head pruned technique, planted sometime around 1961. .

The vineyards on the northern portion of the estate contain 5.2 acres of Merlot, planted in 1989, 2.16 acres were planted in 1994 with the Tinto St. Helena *field mix and 1.69 acres of Cabernet Franc planted in 1997.

*The varietals that may be in our field mix vineyards contain (but aren’t limited to, nor laboratory documented): Old-Clone Zinfandel, Cabernet Pfeffer, Alicante Bouschet, Carignane, Petite Sirah, Mouvedre, Refosco, Napa Gamay, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Some vines have yet to be identified.

Field Blending.

The practice of field blending was common when folks made wine for their own dinner table. With the art of winemaking being to blend, they would often plant an acre or two next their home with their family’s recipe of grapes. They did not usually plant single grape dedicated, homogenous vineyards you’ll see in commercial wine country today.

The grapes are harvested all together, co-fermented and barrel aged as if it were one varietal. Our St. Helena field mix vineyard was painstakingly grafted with cuttings taken from our Oakville stand in an attempt to keep this once popular tradition of “field-blending” alive.

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Oakville Vineyard:

This 1.6 acre vineyard contains our original Tinto vineyard and was one of the first hillside vineyards planted in the famed Oakville region.

It was planted sometime in the 1940′s by an Italian immigrant named Anthony Delazzar, when some famous vineyards which now oakville_tinto_vineyard_thumbsurround it – such as Martha’s Vineyard, Far Niente, and Harlan – were prune orchards or cow pastures. The Kirkham family acquired this unique vineyard in 1956. It was due to the industry’s growing desire for commercial, single-grape vineyards that these once common field blends too quickly disappeared. Wines produced from the our Oakville stand are labeled “Tinto Classico” with a very small portion producing French Colombard.

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