Our family is in its third generation of growing winegrapes. We still keep four old Tokay vines for sentimental value in recognition of what started it all for the Lodi area. All four family members are involved in grape-growing. We began home winemaking in the mid 1970's and initiated commercial production with the 1998 harvest. However, we no longer produce wine commercially.
Our viticultural practices include cane pruning (seldom used in the Lodi area) and expanded vertical trellis. We also use a dual irrigation system utilizing the most favorable benefits of both drip and sprinkler. Our efforts to establish a "natural balance" in our fields also include biological controls, a minimum of pesticide use and ground covers.
Our German / Austrian trial plot contains over 40 varieties that are found in the vineyards of Germany. We currently produce commercially the following grape varsities in limited amounts: Kerner, Bacchus, Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Lemberger / Blaufrankisch, Zweigelt, Dornfelder, Rieslaner, Weissburgunder, and Schonburger.