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).
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 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.
We are very excited to have a Rockpile Cabernet in our collection. Situated on a rocky hillside, this steep, terraced vineyard commands breathtaking views of Lake Sonoma. The Rockpile AVA is planted with primary Zinfandel grapes, which means we are very fortunate to obtain fruit from Terraza Vineyards.
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.
See our Habitiat Gallery to see how the backwater poind was built and how it has returned to a more natural state today.
In August of 2018, our Morningsong Vineyards became Certified Sustainable by the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance. This certification is only the beginning of our commitment to our land and people.
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