Vineyard Search

David searched many years for the right vineyard site. Initially, this search was just intended to get an understanding of the market for vineyard land in Napa and Sonoma. After the years of study at Fresno State and work in Bordeaux, David targeted sites that would be considered cool areas for growing Bordeaux varietals and sites with elevation. The cooler sites would allow for fruit ripening at lower sugar (alcohol) levels. Elevation is a great protection against frost damage in the spring, and it promotes less stressful ripening by moderating temperature swings from day to night. When David and Marla came upon this 80 acre parcel of undeveloped hilltop land in the Chalk Hill appellation of Sonoma County, they moved quickly to secure it with a deposit. It then took a full year of due diligence, soil pit analysis, initial permit work – and help with financing – before they closed on the land which would become Calluna.