Viticulture

I try to create wines that suit our climate and our way of life – wines to drink with the food we grow, make and eat.

– Spectra

Spectra winery was realised to focus on our passion for the region and its ability to produce dry – grown and environmentally sustainable wine. Recently a new home was established on our holistic philosophy to winemaking which starts with climate, empahasises the importance on the vineyard, as well as wine’s relation to the food we love to grow, cook, and eat.

Vineyard 1

Location: Elevated bench on the west side of the valley in the area’s best location. Adjacent to the winery and home vineyards and Home Vineyards.

Vines: Planted in 1982 with of Riesling, of Kerner, and of Cabernert. The Cabernet and some of the Riesling were recently replaced with Chardonnay, Gamay, Syrah, and Viognier

Soil: Gravel and sand. Despite the proximity to both the winery and home vineyard soil types are completely different.

Vineyard 2

Location: Located on the west side of the valley, in the area’s best region. Incorporates two distinct vineyard sites, one on the west side and the other on land that slopes toward the valley bottom.

Vines: Planted in 1999 this vineyard includes approximately of Merlot, each of Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris, and of Gewurztraminer. A little more than half an acre of Syrah was added in the spring of 2014.

Soil: Today we own and farm a total of about and also relies on long-term contracts with some of the areas top grape growers. The winery takes great pride in its positive reputation amongst grape growers as an excellent winery partner. The respect of the growers is reflected in the quality of the fruit that they deliver to us.

Vineyard 3

Location: Elevated bench up against the mountain on the west side of the valley in the area’s best region. All-day and late-day sun exposure. Adjacent to the home vineyard.

Vines: First planted in 1986 to Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Merlot. Syrah was added in 2005.

Soil: It’s not! It is the usual stuff vines really love: hard and rocky with fine clay interspersed. This clay results in a high moisture-holding capacity, giving the vines a natural and constant reservoir of nourishing moisture and nutrients.

 

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