The Vineyard

We believe the chaos of farming is the miracle of viticulture and is what creates unique and magical wine.

Located in the westside hills of Paso Robles Adelaida District AVA, the vineyard is where everything begins. Our vision is a balanced approach to farming by allowing nature to point us in the right direction in order to enhance the quality of our fruit. We are growers first and winemakers second. Our farming techniques are inspired by the many farming practices we have been exposed to by our neighbors, friends, and the winemakers who buy our fruit. We take this combined knowledge, borrow from old world and new world techniques and do our best to balance modern science, biodynamic farming, sustainability, and common sense. 

Despite all the preparation or expert advice we might have, mother nature will always decide the final product. We believe the chaos of farming is the miracle of viticulture and is what creates unique and magical wine. 

Our goal is not to force or manipulate this natural growing process, but to enhance what is already happening in the vineyard and showcase the intricacies in our final product. 

Our 240 acre estate provides a unique variety of soil types, slope orientations, and microclimates that are rare to find all in one vineyard. With 1000 feet of vertical elevation difference, temperatures in our vineyard can vary by as much as 20 degrees in different locations. It is important for us to have our wines convey the complexity of this topography with layers of character that would normally come from multiple AVA’s. Our long-term approach requires gentle nudging to attain our goals of the highest quality possible while maintaining sustainable practices that ensure the longevity of our vineyard.

Hawks Hill Ranch Vineyard Blocks 1-7

Block 1
SYRAH

Clone: Alban
Planted: 2006
Elevation: 2000′
Acreage: .4 acres
Description: This small hilltop block is a cap on a hillside with equal exposures to the north, east and south producing bright fruit characteristics.

Block 2
SYRAH

Clone: Alban
Planted: 2006
Elevation: 1300‘-1900’
Acreage: 1.8 acres
Description: This block is predominantly an east facing slope with a 25% grade. This aspect gives this block gentler morning sun and limits afternoon exposure with great drainage producing a more savory, cooler climate fruit characteristics. 

Block 3
SYRAH

Clone: Alban
Planted: 2006
Elevation:1100′-1300′
Acreage: 2.7 acres
Description: This block is north facing with north/south rows, is head trained, and dry farmed. The north slope is the coldest spot on our vineyard and fruit characteristics resemble those of cooler coastal Syrah with more earth and mineral characteristics

Block 4
GRENACHE

Clone: Alban
Planted: 2013
Elevation: 1900
Acreage: .7 acres
Description: Western aspect with a 7×4 head trained planting at a 20% grade. This small bright block of Grenache is co-fermented with our Syrah in our Cote Rotie style Rhone blend.

Block 5
GRENACHE

Clone: Alban
Planted: 2013
Elevation: 1800′
Acreage: .2 acres
Description: This western exposure block of Grenache is cooler due to its shade from oaks and only afternoon sun to work with. Longer hang-time on the vine produces a more complex grape that warrants a single varietal wine.

Block
6, 7, 8, & 9
CABERNET

Clone: 7
Planted: 2015
Elevation: 1300-1900′
Acreage: 2.4 acres
Description: This south facing 30% grade slope provides a 2’ loamy top soil with calcareous below. This vineyard is great balance between the minerality of the old world and the power of fruit from the new world.  This vineyard is our newest planting and we are very excited about what we see developing so far.

Hawks Hill Ranch Vineyard Blocks 7-17

Block 10
MOURVÈDRE

Clone: 2.1
Planted: 2015
Elevation: 1200-1300′
Acreage: 1.5 acres
Description: Even though this is a southwest slope, this lower block is cool and insulated by oaks and insulated by morning fog producing a dark, meaty Mourvedre that is a strong base for Rhone blend.

Block 11, 12, & 13
ZINFANDEL

Clone: Ueberroth
Planted: 2009
Elevation: 1300′-1900’
Acreage: 8.2 acres
Description: Zinfandel is the hallmark varietal of the old Paso Robles and we pay homage by dry farming a head trained vine to produce a small production of balanced fruit.

Block 14, 16, 17
CABERNET

Clone: 337 & Palmer
Planted: 2009
Elevation: 1300‘ – 1800
Acreage: 9.2 acres
Description: These blocks of cabernet are our farthest west vineyard with very long rows with varying soil types.  These vines are just coming into their peak of maturity and are producing complex fruit that represents more of an old word Bordeaux style Cabernet.

Block 15
SYRAH

Clone: Alban
Planted: Grafted 2013
Elevation: 1450-1500′
Acreage: 1.3 acres
Description: This south facing block was once Zinfandel and due to its massive amounts of calcareous soil, we decided to graft over to Syrah to better match varietal with soil type.