Maddie’s Vineyard is located along Westside Road, just southof the town of Healdsburg, in the area of the Russian River Valley commonly referred to as the Middle Reach.
Located on the bench land on the western edge of the river, the soils of Maddie’s Vineyard are a mixture of river gravel, sand, silt, and fossil alluvium. They overlay the coastal belt of the Franciscan rock, remnants of ancient oceanic plates which are fractured while colliding with the western edge of North America. Rich in various minerals, the soils are naturally well drained and the roots of the vines run deep.
At just 0.75 acres, Maddie’s Vineyard is quite small by California Standards. It isowned and run by our friend Joan January who has lived on the property for many years. Planted to the Wente clone of Chardonnay, Maddie’s Vineyard requires aggressive pruning, green harvesting, cluster selection, and multiple passes through the vineyard further limit crop yields. Despite its tiny size, the vineyard is harvested in two separate picks to ensure optimum ripeness for each and every cluster. One pick for the single vineyard wine, and a second for fruit that goes to our Russian River Valley wine.