Nebbiolo + Pinot
Our small time, dry-farmed vineyard is part of the Green Valley AVA of the Russian River Valley and is about to enter its prime. Managed by Emilio Castelli of Castelli Vineyards, our 1.5 acres of grapes and land are the benefactor of this practitioner who believes in true terroir.
From Castelli Vineyards' Website:
"Our grape growing style is inspired by the 'do nothing' method of the Japanese farmer and philosopher Masanobu Fukuoka, who believed that 'the earth cultivates itself, and there is no need for man to do what roots, worms, and micro-organisms do better.'
There's no tilling or cultivating in our vineyards, and no additional fertilizers are used. Clippings from mowing and pruning as well as the organic bi-products of harvest are all returned to the soil as mulch.
The Green Valley area is blessed with Gold Ridge soil, and its sandy loam allows for deep root penetration and eliminates the need for irrigation. Once established, our vines are dry-farmed, creating a smaller yield of fruit that is intensely flavorful.
The vines in our small plots don't dominate the landscape, but are a part of its fabric. Scrappy old apple orchards, flourishing native weeds, and rambling wild blackberry vines are all part of our terroir."