We purchase 55 acres with 10 acres of grapes, and christen it Montemaggiore (great mountain) after the small mountain village of Vincent's ancestors. Our five acres of Cabernet and five acres of Syrah need a lot of tender loving care, but we're willing to take that on because the terrior is perfect and the view is spectacular!
In the past, all the grapes from these vineyards have been sold to much larger wineries, but we intend to keep them for our own estate wine. Because these grapes have always been blended in with others, we have no proof of their quality, but we are optimistic given the steep mountainside, elevation, rocky soils, and tight spacing.
Although the grape harvest is nearly complete before we arrived, we amuse ourselves for the next few rainy months before pruning starts by reading the Police Reports in our small town newspaper, The Healdsburg Tribune. One of Lise's favorites reads "Mother and Daughter have an altercation on the 200 Block of Pine Street, which resulted in a broken telephone and dirty laundry scattered over the front lawn". We are in love with our small town.