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Our Nelson Vineyard is one of our most focused and concentrated vineyards with just nine (9) flourishing acres planted across the entire 160-acre ranch. The positioning of this vineyard is the benefactor to the flawless fruit it produces each harvest; situated on the coastal side of the Santa Cruz Mountains the cool maritime breezes moderate the effect of the abundant sunshine, creating the perfect climate for producing high-quality Pinot Noir.
The fruit harvested from our Nelson Vineyard truly represents our commitment to water conservation and sustainability as it is 100% dry farmed – receiving no water from irrigation; utilizing only the water held in the soil from natural precipitation for vine growth.
The Santa Cruz Mountains AVA (American Viticultural Area) became a recognized AVA in 1981 and was one of the first appellations to be defined by its mountainous topography. Placed directly in the Santa Cruz Mountains, the region is bounded by the Santa Cruz Mountain range, from Half Moon Bay and Woodside in the north, to Mount Madonna and Watsonville in the south. The appellation encompasses some 322,000 acres extending through Santa Cruz, Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties.
The mountainous terrain, the Pacific Ocean, and the nearby San Francisco Bay have wide-ranging effects on the appellation, creating a plethora of micro-climates, ultimately defining the regions terroir. Vineyards in this region are not only influenced by the elevation of the land, but coastal fog, bright sunshine and vast soil types.