The Vineyard

map of 1119 ehlers

When we purchased our land, the previous owner, William Manker (a noted ceramics artist at Scripps College) had already planted about 800 vines 25 years before (at the age of 70). (I remember the one day David Rose and I individually mapped each one as to their health, or in some cases, noted if there was even a plant at all in the location.) The vines were suffering from a variety of problems, especially eutypa, and the crop was decreasing each year.

We decided to replant, and after discussions with Kevin Corley and Sam Turner, we chose to plant Cabernet Sauvignon clone 337, on 101-14 rootstock. To save a year, we purchased 2300 bench grafted vines, and they were planted in April 2001.