1969. Cabernet Sauvignon was planted on the Ranch. Times were different. The days were long and slow. As one of the first growers in the valley along with our neighbors Robert Young and Dale Goode, we planted Cabernet Sauvignon after many talks around the dinner table.
The entire ranch consists of 100 acres: the Upper (home) Ranch is 54 acres planted with Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc - 22 acres total. The Lower Ranch of 46 acres, separated by our neighbor Robert Young's cattle pasture, of which 42 acres plated to Merlot, Chardonnay, Petit Verdot and Malbec. Four years ago we replanted with a few rows of Tannat and Scheurebe.
Each varietal is set in 2-acres blocks for greater control over watering and canopy management. It's common for us to touch the same vine 15 to 20 times a year - that's by hand. We are either shoot positioning, thinning fruit, pushing canes, suckering, and of course harvesting the winegrapes. Timing is also key to growing ultra-premium winegrapes. We live and breathe our vineyards.
Garden Creek Ranch, 64 acres of vineyards, is a combination of several soil types farmed with sustainable techniques intended to promote a diverse environment of natural coexistence. Definitely vital for a healthy vineyard. But it's actually more than that. It's creating an environment intended to sustain itself for the long haul. It's about creating a vineyard of the finest winegrapes we are capable.
This image is a day of Cabernet Sauvignon harvesting on the Olive Hill.