In 2000, we took the first steps toward creating our wines—selecting and planting our vineyards. We chose St. James and its sister Poor Souls as our inaugural vineyards thanks to their particular soil types. Each vineyard demonstrates unique qualities—with St. James featuring deep Vina Loam soil, and Poor Souls consisting of Sandy Vina Loam with large pockets of river rocks. In addition to this wonderful soil diversity, the vineyard-variety combinations were chosen based on their ability to produce notably high quality wines in a climate like Vina.
Prior to planting, we reviewed an intense study of successful viticultural areas in Spain, Italy, southern France, and Australia, balanced with a thoughtful investigation of growing trends in the world of wine. This led to our planting decisions. In the St. James block, we have planted the red grape varietals such as Syrah, Tempranillo and Graciano. This block is also a wonderful place to grow white wine grapes, where we have Viognier and Albariño. In the Poor Souls block, we planted red varitals such as Petite Sirah and Barbera.This block is also home to our third white wine grape, Trebbiano.
Initially, each vineyard spanned 3.5 acres, providing 7 total acres of sourced fruit for the winery’s first harvest in 2003. The St. James block expanded twice to 7.5 acres by 2012, with a focus on its most successful grapes, Albariño and Viognier. In 2008, Poor Souls block also expande it's most successful varitals, Petite Sirah and Barbera, to a total of 7 acres. Our 14.5 acres demonstartes our commitment to finding the best varieties for our climate, our soils, and our customers.