Both of our vineyards sit above Pauma Valley at an elevation of just under 2,000 feet. From the vineyards, the entire Palomar Mountain Range is visible to the north. Our summers are characterized by very warm days and much cooler nights due to the coastal breezes coming up from the San Luis Rey River Valley. The soil is classified as tonalite which is a type of granitic rock composed of coarse-grained quartz and feldspar. This well-drained soil retains the heat of the day, which improves protection from diseases.
In 2016, we replanted our ½ acre home vineyard with varietals that are more suited to our arid climate (Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre and Tempranillo).
In 2018, we were both retired and ready to try our hand at growing grapes and making wine commercially, so we purchased a 7-acre parcel of land in Valley Center about 3 miles from our home. We planted 6 of the seven acres with Petite Sirah, Tempranillo, Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah and Albarino grapes.