Partner Vineyards

WHY SOURCE FROM SMALL VINEYARDS WHEN IT WOULD BE MORE COST EFFECTIVE TO BUY GRAPES ELSEWHERE OR EVEN BULK WINE?

At Terragena we’ve proven that working with small vineyards who have an investment in the land and sustainable practices creates some of the most complex and enjoyable wines.  This harbors a deeper connection to place between both the consumer and the producer. I also believe that by supporting a real person as opposed to a corporate wine industry you’re going to be rewarded with the ability to support a network of family owned businesses, as well as receiving wine that tantalizes the tastes.

I’ve done the math, and wines produced in bulk or with cheaper grapes wind up comparable to ours in price, lacking in quality, and you find most of your investment went towards marketing. It just makes sense that grapes and wine being produced en masse receive less attention to detail, less connection to the producer and the vineyard, and ultimately lower quality.

I believe in a world where we dare to dream, to create art, and to represent those who care for the land in the most authentic and intentional way I can.  I strive to create a network of consumers who dare to drink the wine that everyone doesn’t have, and share it while creating the moments that matter most.

By working with small family owned vineyards we build strong networks that help provide for multiple families.  We’re also able to have much higher control over the quality of fruit, that it’s farmed sustainably, and that there are no harmful chemicals or treatments done to the grapes.

At Terragena we’ve proven that working with small vineyards who have an investment in the land and sustainable practices creates some of the most complex and enjoyable wines.  This harbors a deeper connection to place between both the consumer and the producer. I also believe that by supporting a real person as opposed to a corporate wine industry you’re going to be rewarded with the ability to support a network of family owned businesses, as well as receiving wine that tantalizes the tastes.

  • Abassi Vineyard

    Sonoma Carneros
    This small family vineyard was planted in 1976. From the Abbassi family: Our Chardonnay is on .75 acres, and the clone is 37 on 110R rootstock. Our Pinot Noir is on 2 plus acres, including clones 91 on 110R rootstock, 115 on 3309 rootstock, and 71 (777) on 3309 rootstock. The aspect is northern with a slope of less than 1%. Our soil is Huichica Loam, which is a sandy to silt loam. Our elevation is 100 feet at the street sloping down to 96 feet.
  • Wine Enthusiast

    Gives our 2017 Wiley Vineyard Pinot Noir 91 Points
    “Lightly textured and defined in crisp red fruit, this is a high-toned, acid-driven red, with subtle oak and earthiness. A lasting tilt of baking spice seasons flavors of blueberry and black cherry, integrating well in the glass.”--VIRGINIE BOONE
  • Wine Enthusiast

    Said This About Our Terragena 2017 Abbassi Vineyard Rosé of Pinot Noir (Carneros)
    “From a single site, this is a saignée of wine that is stainless-steel fermented and retentive in high-toned acidity. Peach-skin and lemon-peel flavors highlight a dry austere style that doesn't overwhelm.” VIRGINIE BOONE
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  • Holden-Mapley Vineyard

    Alexander Valley AVA
    Located along Chalk Hill Road in Sonoma County, California, this small vineyard is owned by the Holden-Mapley family and is located next to the family home. The single acre Holden-Mapley vineyard is located on the Northern extreme of Chalk Hill Road against the backdrop of Mount St. Helena. When they purchased the property, logic would have dictated to double the size of the vineyard to maximize their wine-producing capacity. The adjacent acre however, was the perfect spot to build a soccer field, which has provided countless hours of fun for family and friends. On the other side of the vineyard runs the Maacama Creek, which feeds in to the Russian River half a mile away. The river serves as a source for early morning fog that often covers the lower vineyard areas until it is burned off by the morning sun.
  • Holden-Mapley Vineyard

    Alexander Valley AVA
    Over the ages, the river meandered across the valley, leaving deposits of gravel underneath the alluvial soil—ideal conditions for growing prime Cabernet Sauvignon, and somewhat similar to the best vineyard soils of Bordeaux. The property is at a lower elevation than the majority of Alexander Valley vineyards, many of which sit high on the hills towards the Mayacama Mountain range. As a result of the low elevation, the grapes are some of the last to ripen in the valley, still perfecting their flavors and making the most of the fall sunshine for a few weeks after most others in the valley.
  • Holden-Mapley Vineyard

    Alexander Valley AVA
    The vineyard has several varieties of grapes, including cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, and merlot. Terragena has produced several wines from this vineyard over the years, including our 2012 Meritage House Blend (not for sale), 2013 Father and Son blend, and 2014 Merlot.
  • Holden-Mapley Vineyard

    Alexander Valley AVA
    Of English descent, Mike and Annie Holden and their 3 children moved to Sonoma County in 2003. As well as a passion for wine, they brought with them many traditions and interests from their homeland. Annie’s grandfather was a famous wine taster and lecturer in London in the 1970s. Mike’s family lived on the Yorkshire moors in the heart of Northern England with its rich tradition of Football (soccer), Rugby, Ales and textiles.
In his blog, Soifknows, Stephen McConnell writes of our 2013 Father and Son Blend, “One of those wines you just want to smell forever and ever…… I am positively blown AWAY by how good this wine is. So light of texture and color, and yet so jam-packed FULL of everything wonderful in a red wine.”
Stephen McConnell
Writer with Soifknows
  • Lost Coast Vineyard

    Humboldt County
    Lost Coast Vineyard Wines actually owns more than one vineyard in Humboldt County, but our Nebbiolo grapes were sourced from their lovely Dragon vineyard in Hoopa, California. Family owned and cared for, this vineyard is in an ideal location for the “continental” climate that Nebbiolo grapes prefer.
  • Lost Coast Vineyard

    Wineryreflections said this about our 2016 Nebbiolo
    Crunchy raspberry, rose petal, young strawberry. Fresh red currant, bay leaf, nectarine pit. Dried pepper and mild oregano, turned earth and lignified vines. Organic cranberry, bilberry, and pomegranate lead a procession of raw foraged fruit that feels simultaneously tart and juicy yet complex and ethereal. Rhododendron spills fresh red floral notes onto dirty undergrowth set within the natural beauty of an unspoiled coastal forest. Slight savory tones round out the extraordinarily flavorful attack made all the more amazing by the lack of modern extraction. 12.7% ABV of pure vitality and unadulterated energy. This 2016 Dragon Vineyard Nebbiolo by Terragena Vineyard is a crazy fun and highly intellectual take on one of Italy's most prestigious grapes.
  • Seppa Vineyard

    Petaluma Gap, Sonoma Coast AVA
    The Seppa farm has been in the family since 1902. In 2001 Don Seppa planted his first Pinot Noir grapes on two separate slopes of land. Located in Penngrove, Sonoma County, Seppa Vineyard sits in the Petaluma Gap in a valley that is under- lain by unconsolidated marine and continental sediments and volcanic rocks of Tertiary and Quaternary age. The diurnal temperatures can range up to 40+ degrees, and the valley experiences a coastal fog layer that lends itself to a final wine with added complexity and acidity.
  • Seppa Vineyard

    Petaluma Gap, Sonoma Coast AVA
    This family-owned vineyard is certified as a Sonoma County sustainable vineyard. Sustainably grown Permanent groundcover Balanced Biosphere No treated Wood products Sand and Clay Soil 110 feet above Sea Level Aspect: 70% easterly, 30% south facing. Slope: 1-3%. Region: Petaluma Gap Appellation: Sonoma Coast Soil: Sand and clay soil Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir, Clone 115 Vine age: Vines are more than 15 years old
Riesling is one of Europe's most noble light-skinned grape varieties and yet it rarely gets any hype in when grown California. This bottling, crafted using 100% Riesling sourced from the Wiley Vineyard in Anderson Valley, absolutely deserves as much attention as its fine European counterparts. It comes from one of the coldest and most coastal vineyard sites in Anderson Valley and reflects its cool marine-influenced terroir to a T. It is acid-driven and racy, expressing remarkable depth of fruit and distinct minerality combined with a dose of unique fresh foresty tones. This wine is still quite young and mostly primary but shows potential for significant development, and it would be quite interesting to compare it to a German or Alsatian equivalent after 10 or 20 years of bottle age. Really impressive stuff.
  • Wiley Vineyard

    Alexander Valley AVA
    This sprawling vineyard of gently rolling hills is located in the Deep End of Anderson Valley near Philo, California. It produces pinot noir and is quickly gaining cult-popularity status because of the quality of the wine made from these grapes. Terragena sourced the grapes for our 2014 Inaugural Release Pinot Noir from this vineyard.
  • Wiley Vineyard

    From the owner of Wiley Vineyard:
    My piece of property started as the Colson place, founded in 1871. My task when I arrived back in 1971, a century later, was to convert the place from the casual, labor-intensive sheep and orchard farm to the wine grape business of today while restoring the original redwood stand to a sustainable, commercially viable forest. The vineyard site has an extremely cool climate, deeply influenced by the Pacific Ocean ten miles away. In particular, nocturnal and early morning temperatures can be as low as 50 degrees Fahrenheit, even during warm cycles. Hence the choice of the grape varieties: mostly Pinot Noirs (a balance of Pommard and Dijon clones), and some Riesling and Pinot Gris.
  • Wiley Vineyard

    From the owner of Wiley Vineyard
    Wiley vineyard, part of what I call the post-war urban gentrification of the industry, was the fourth vineyard to plant the “new” varieties in Anderson Valley when I planted in 1972. My vineyard was, and may still be, at the coolest site in the Valley, closest to the ocean among these pioneers by over three miles. The site is on a gently sloping east/west ridge 300 feet above the road. I have managed its development since 1971, recognizing that as a pioneer I knew little about best practices for grape-growing in the local agricultural frontier and ocean influenced microclimate. Thus, I planted with different grapevine clones, vine spacing, trellis systems, and rootstocks on all four slopes, facing east, south, west, north. It is kind of a private agricultural experimental station.
This 2017 Wiley Vineyard Pinot Noir by Terragena Vineyard is a remarkably elegant and enticing red from the Anderson Valley. Located in coastal Mendocino County mere miles from the cold Pacific Ocean, Anderson Valley is unequivocally one of California's most highly regarded and historic cool climate wine growing zones. This bottling, crafted by Terragena Vineyard using Pinot Noir sourced from the Wiley Vineyard in the Anderson Valley's "deep end", brilliantly showcases the complexity and finesse this heralded region is capable of producing. Coming from a particularly cold site first planted in 1972, this wine effortlessly radiates pure and ethereal fruit and floral notes intertwined with clean forest tones, integrated spice, and fresh salinity. It is exceptionally complex and flavorful on both the nose and the palate while remaining quite subtle and delicate, stylishly showcasing Pinot Noir's more Burgundian side through the lens of incredible California terroir. Outstanding.
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