Farmed by Tom Mukaida and his son-in-law Randy Peters this prime vineyard location was once an apple orchard until Randy convinced his father-in-law this cool foggy hillside might work well for grapes.
Starting in the early 1980s, the property was slowly planted to Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, representing one of the very first plantings of these two varietals in the hills south of Sebastopol. The Southern facing slopes help to form the northern boundary of the Petaluma Gap, the main artery inland for the cooling marine winds blowing inland from the Pacific Ocean.
The vineyard is located due south of the town of Sebastopol. Our Chardonnay, from a older block of Clone 4, benefits both from its sunny southern exposure and the influence of cool, marine air, creating wines of intense flavor and bright acidity.