Our Estate Vineyards & Growing Partners
The Martin Ranch Winery property, features an upper vineyard and a lower vineyard totaling nearly 8800 vines. The bulk of the vines are Cabernet Sauvignon, with the rest made up of small lots consisting of Nebbiolo, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Merlot and Chardonnay.
The upper vineyard is broken up into seven different sections, the majority of which are made up of Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. These vines are 21 years old, planted in 1993 on a quadro-lateral lyre system.
- The slope, which is also part of the first planting, is located on a quadro-lateral lyre system.
- The terraced hill was planted in 1995 on a vertical trellis and faces the one-acre reservoir.
- Two other areas are on the same system—the pond-side vertical and the back vertical. These areas were planted in 1998 after extensive terracing and feature Cabernet Sauvignon grapes throughout. There is a mixture of clones #4, 7, 8 on a 110R rootstock, resulting in small, intense-flavored berries. This part of the vineyard is at a higher altitude with both a south and southwest facing.
- On the eastern side of the reservoir is a small knoll that is the home of the Nebbiolo vineyard. It has approximately 300 vines and is also on a quadro-lateral lyre system. This knoll is very similar to the soils you see in Peidmonte, Italy—rocky and clay-like. The Nebbiolo grape, being a native of Italy, thrives in areas such as this in large, plump clusters.
- On a terraced section to the east of the Nebbiolo is a small section of the Cabernet Franc vineyard. This is a terraced section consisting of about 180 vines of Cabernet Franc planted on a vertical trellis.
The lower vineyard is where our second area of Cabernet Sauvignon was also planted in 1993. These vines are also on rootstock 110R and a selection of clones #4, 7, 8. We have also planted Cabernet Franc here in the lower vineyard, and most recently Petit Verdot and Chardonnay.
- This vineyard has a much higher level of ground water than the upper vineyard, which provides these vines with a more consistent source of water.
- The elevation is a couple hundred feet lower than the upper vineyard, providing greater shelter from the wind. All these factors work in concert to produce a different style of fruit—larger clusters and fuller berries.
- The differences in the vineyards create a more balanced wine—and a more enjoyable wine-tasting experience.
Our Vineyard Partners
LESTER FAMILY VINEYARDS - Deer Park, CA
Pinot Noir, Syrah
Managed by Prudy Foxx, this vineyard was planted with quality and sustainability as the primary objectives and is maintained with careful hands-on management. Emphasis is on balanced vines that require minimal inputs. Modern and ancient growing techniques combine to produce premium fruit grown to full maturity with balanced acidity, flavors, and sugars.
There are 7 different clones in the 12 acres of Pinot Noir: Dijon 667, Dijon 777, Dijon 115, Mt. Eden, Mariafeld, Wadenswil, and Jackson 09 for color. Approximately 65% of the vineyard is dedicated to the Dijon clones and the balance is divided up among the others listed. The diversity of clones combine to create a rich, complex wine full of fruit both velvety and full bodied. The wine provides a long finish on the palate and a memorable experience for the soul.
Breathtaking vistas. Ocean and valley views. Lush forests. Majestic first-growth redwoods. Misty fog. Ocean breezes. Surf and sand. And mountain vineyards. This is the Santa Cruz Mountains. This mountain terroir is where we grow the grapes that produce our acclaimed wines. - Prudy Foxx
There are 2.2 acres of Syrah featuring two premium clones: Hermitage and 877. The cool season fruit produces a syrah with rich fruit flavors and lingering tones. Natives of France have fondly described it as reminiscent of their village wines. Tonnage is kept low to ensure full ripeness and healthy fruit.
Sustainable agricultural practices include no herbicide use, VSP trellising, careful canopy management that allows for air movement and stippled lighting around the fruit, minimal late season deficit irrigation, cover crops and no-till floor management.
DOS NIÑAS VINEYARD - Santa Clara Valley, CA
Malbec, Merlot, Syrah
Managed by owner and grower Simon C. Lemus. Simon noticed "A market shift in demand for Merlot began, and in 2006 Dan Martin and I got together and decided it would be an opportune time to graft part of the mature and established Merlot vineyard over to Malbec. With relentless research and input from the University of California at Davis, the best Malbec grafting clone was selected."
Since then, Dan Martin has continued to make award-winning Merlot under the J.D. Hurley label from Simon's fruit, and now, the grafted Dos Niñas Malbec is an award-winning part of the Thérèse Vineyards brand as well.
GRIVA VINEYARDS - Arroyo~Seco, CA
Michael Griva planted this special vineyard in the Arroyo Seco appellation which sits next to the renowned Santa Lucia Highlands in the Salinas Valley. The soils are very sandy and rocky which, along with the sunny, breezy climate, produce exceptional grapes with pronounced varietal character accented by a note of minerality.
Michael refers to farming here as “hydroponics". The climate during the growing season typically involves foggy mornings, sunny middays and cool windy afternoons. Peak temperatures rarely linger for more than an hour or two before the wind off of Monterey Bay brings warm conditions to a halt. This strong marine influence creates a long but cool growing season.
The Griva Sauvignon Blanc vineyard is planted exclusively with the Musqué clone of Sauvignon Blanc which is highly prized for its intense aromatic and flavor expression.
FLADEBOE VINEYARDS - GILROY, CA
Zinfandel, Sangiovese, Semillon
Managed by grower and journalist Rob Fladeboe of KRON 4, he is the owner of Fladeboe vineyards, situated at the eastern foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Rob produces a fine Sangiovese as well as Zinfandel.
The vineyard sits on a unique property that offers hot days and cool foggy nights near the end of Redwood Retreat road. As an early a hobby wine maker Rob helped the Martins produce some of their first batches with his wine making equipment. That was the start of long and wonderful winemaking relationship, and Rob’s now one of our favorite growing partners.”
Rob now produces his own Fladeboe Vineyards label Zinfandel and Sangiovese bottled at the Martin Ranch Winery. When Rob is not out tending the vineyard or on video assignment he enjoys a good glass of wine while playing acoustic guitar music with friends.