Our 20 acre estate vineyard - we call it Morningsong Vineyards - is on the valley floor in the heart of Dry Creek Valley. Stretching from Dry Creek Road to the banks of Dry Creek, it is comprised of the loose, gravelly soils typical of the area, providing excellent drainage. Our proximity to the Russian River Valley means that the vineyards linger in the cool morning fog before the sun begins to warm them.
When we don't grow our own, we acquire grapes locally - in Dry Creek Valley and Rockpile - from our neighbors. We want to be able to walk the vineyards, taste the fruit and have a personal relationship with the people who grow the grapes.
We have four acres of Grenache, five acres of Syrah and two acres of Mourvèdre. We love Rhones and use them to make an Amista Syrah, Grenache and Tres (a GSM blend made up of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre). The Syrah is used in Ilusion, our port-style dessert wine. We also make three sparkling wines from our Rhone varieties, a Sparkling Syrah, a Sparkling Grenache and our first sparkling blend, Fusión.
We have nine acres of Chardonnay on the front of our property that encircle our 1910 cottage. In addition to our un-oaked Chardonnay, we use these grapes for our Amista Sparkling Blanc de Blanc, our vintage Blanc de Blanc and our first sparkling blend, Fusión.
Our Zinfandel comes from two small vineyard blocks at Saini Farms, less than a mile down the road from us. We have been working with the Saini's since 2005, and salute their integrity, attention to detail and passion for cultivating fine wine grapes.
Our Cabernet Sauvignons are grown in a beautiful vineyard with rolling hills and its own pond, high above the Warm Springs Dam and Lake Sonoma. We call this vineyard Alta Presa (high dam).
Our 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon came from a select block of grapes on a beautiful vineyard on the southwest hillsides of Dry Creek. Block 19 was meticulously farmed and hand harvested just for us.
The Gloeckner-Turner Ranch sits high above Lake Sonoma and commands breathtaking views. It includes an eight-acre Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard at an elevation of 1,300 feet. The Gloeckner-Turner ranch has been in the Gloeckner family for over 40 years and was formerly home to 1,300 head of sheep. Our Amista Rockpile Cabernet Sauvignon comes from the steep, rocky hillsides of this vineyard.
We are doing our part to restore the incredible beauty of Dry Creek and at the same time recreate a vibrant habitat for endangered Steelhead trout and Coho salmon. Amista Vineyards is proud to be one of the first in Dry Creek Valley to volunteer to participate in this project.
The Sonoma County Water Agency began working on a demonstration project in the summer of 2013 to enhance the habitat for the Steelhead trout and Coho salmon in Dry Creek. The creek will be restored to its sparkling best and the fish will have a place to rest. After two summers of work, the first phase of the Dry Creek Habitat project was completed in October, 2014.
For more information on the project visit the Sonoma County Water Agency.
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