Teldeschi Vineyard, Dry Creek Valley
Perched on the famed Dry Creek bench, the Teldeschi vineyard boasts dry-farmed, head-trained Carignan planted in the 1950s by Frank Teldeschi (pictured below). The vineyard is now lovingly farmed by Frank's son John. Under his care, gnarly vines shoot out of the porous rocky red clay soil to produce an excellent example of this little known pre-prohibition variety.
Mangels Vineyard, Suisun Valley
Following a 150-year family tradition of ranching and winegrowing, Gary Mangels (pictured below with Will) planted the first vines on what would become Mangels Vineyard in 1991. The vineyard is situated between the eastern slope of Mount George Range and Twin Sisters, benefitting from the cooling influence of San Pablo Bay. This marine layer moderates ripening and creates excellent conditions for Chenin Blanc.
Pickberry Vineyard, Sonoma Mountain
Pickberry Vineyard is owned by the Strotz family, who have produced outstanding fruit from the property since 1986. Nestled on the northeast slope of Sonoma Mountain, Pickberry Vineyard experiences both hot days and cool nights thanks to the influence of the Petaluma gap, making it ideal for ripening Cabernet Franc.