Vineyards
"Gary Pisoni is obsessive about low yields. His vineyard management is meticulous, bordering on fanatical." Matt Kramer, Making Sense of California Wine

Identity

This land has an identity.   These mountains, this soil, the rocks, the quality of air and the wind. All these traits contribute to a character unique to this very part of the earth. Our goal as a family is to work with nature, through farming and crafting wines, and to preserve this identity in wines that express this very site.

The personality of this land was first recognized when Gary Pisoni began planting grapes in 1982 — some of the very first in this region. Each year we learn more about the characteristics of our vineyards; farming and winemaking to steadily improve the sustainability of what we do, and the wines we strive to create.

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Rows of grapevines contour on and around the rugged mountain range, requiring versatile and dedicated farming approaches.
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Soils at Pisoni Vineyards are primarily decomposed granite with large deposits of quartz. The gravelly soils stress the vines and lower the yields of the grapevines.
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Blankets of fog cover the vineyards in the summer, maintaining cool temperatures that retain vibrant acidity and aromatics.

PHILOSOPHY

BY NATURE, instinct and knowledge, we select and balance the vines for each site. All work is done by hand – from planting to canopy work to harvest. Our farming philosophy at Pisoni Vineyards is rooted in Burgundian traditions and sustaining the land. From each year’s generous harvest we craft Pisoni Estate wines. Addtionally, we share our grapes with some of the most prestigious Pinot Noir producers in California in relationships built over years. At the base of all our work is our love of this land and respect for it.

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Farmers Mark and Gary Pisoni visit these vines and walk this soil every day. No one knows the character of this land more intimately then they do.
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Native wildflowers grace the rows of Pinot Noir vines and provide a habitat for a balanced ecosystem in the vineyard and the soil—one part of our long-term sustainability practices.
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Sparcely populated vines are a key to remarkable flavor and textures in wines.