Vineyards & Farming

Take a flight over the neighborhood and enjoy a bird’s eye view of the Rosalina Vineyard.

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Sustainable Farming, Organic Practices

In 2007, Rosalina Vineyard was planted to four acres of old clone Pinot Noir (Pommard 5, Wädenswil 2A, and Calera clones) and a half-acre of Pinot Blanc (Alsace 7 clone).

Located less than a mile west of the historic Wohler Bridge spanning the Russian River, this south facing slope rises 180 feet above Westside Road and sits atop a pocket of the Russian River Valley’s renown Goldridge soil formation. This site’s sandy loam soil, with an average clay content of 18 to 22%, provides the perfect environment for the Pinot Noir grape variety.

Rosalina is sustainably farmed and utilizes organic practices. In the Fall, we seed the vineyard with a cover crop mix of Fava Beans, Bell Beans, Magnus Peas, Dundale Peas, Common Vetch, barley, and oats. This provides excellent nitrogen fixing, organic matter, weed suppression, and erosion control. We take our prior year’s grape stems and pomace, mixed with cow manure, and spread this homemade compost in the vineyard the next season.  In winter, the vines are pruned and canes tied to the wire. Come spring, when drier conditions allow, we mow and disc in the cover crop and begin to hand hoe the vine rows.  Organic compounds are sprayed to mitigate mold and fungus growth on the vines from the damp season. Throughout the growing season, from bud break to harvest, the vines are hand tended by a small farming crew provided by our neighbor Moshin Vineyards.

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