Scattered between the oak trees at Six Sigma Ranch are 40 acres of naturally farmed vineyards. Our high-altitude vineyards are between 1400 and 1700 feet.
Else's Vineyard is located about two miles east of the front gate in the hills by Asbill Valley. It was planted in 2001 on a picturesque slope near the site of the stage coach house. It contains approximately 2.1 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon. Rootstocks are 101-14 and 3309. Spacing: 6 by 4. We had our first harvest in October 2004.
Christian's vineyard was planted in 2002 in the Diamond Mine area in the southern part of the ranch, about four miles from the front gate. The Diamond Mine derives its name from the “Lake County Diamonds," small volcanic-made pieces of quartz that litter the red volcanic soil and glimmer in the sunlight.
This vineyard contains approximately 2 acres Pinot Noir, 5.3 acres Cabernet Sauvignon, and 2.2 acres Tempranillo. Rootstocks are 101-14 and 44-53. Spacing: 7 by 5. Its first harvest was in 2005.
Michael's Vineyard is located in Asbill Valley, adjacent to our front gate at Spruce Grove Road. This vineyard contains approximately 12 acres of Sauvignon Blanc vines, placed in irregular blocks between the ancient oak trees. Although the irregular blocks are less cost-efficient to develop, we believe it is worth the extra effort to keep the natural landscape. Rootstocks are 101-14, 5BB, SO4, St. George, and 110R. Spacing: 8 by 5. The first harvest was in 2006.
In the fall of 2007 and the spring of 2008 we planted in the Diamond Mine area the first 15 acres of Marianne and Annette's Vineyard. Small lots from these vineyards were harvested in 2009 and 2010, including a beautiful Syrah that will show up in wineclub shipments soon.