Cani Amante grew out of a love for the land, family, and of course, wine. The owners, Debbie and Ed Guerra, took one look at the 38 acre parcel in 2005 and fell in love. The views were stunning looking up from the flat 4-5 acres which would naturally become the vineyard. One side, the striking Topa Topa Mountains, the other, the hills of Nordoff Peak on the edge of Los Padres National Forest; another, Ventura in the far distance with a sliver of Lake Casitas, and the crowning jewel, a knoll on the property which captures the infamous Ojai Pink Moment every waning afternoon.
The sandy-loam soils of Cani Amante grows Riesling for a dry white, Cabernet, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Petit Verdot for a Bordeaux type blend and then the majority of the vineyard is a few select Italian red varietals; Montepulciano, Sangiovese, Nebbiolo and Barbara.
An Estate Vineyard for Four Brix Winery meaning both the vineyard care and wine production is in our hands. The collaboration between Four Brix, Martin Ramirez, Vineyard Manager, owner of Vineyards of Ojai, and the Guerra Family has been harmonious. The group believes in farming practices that are both organic and sustainable to build the best crop possible each year. Look for this vineyard to make a statement about grape growing in Ojai.
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McGourty vineyards are located in Paso Robles California, about 310 miles to the south of the Mendocino properties. The ranch was purchased by Thomas K. McGourty, the father of the brothers, in 1976. A 360 acre ranch consisting of 120 acres of dry land farmed walnuts, and 20 acres of vineyards.
The property is in an area known as Adelaida, and has become the prestigious west side of Paso Robles wine country, home to brands such as Tablas Creek (owned by the Perrin Family of Chateau Neuf du Pape), Justin Winery known for their upscale Bordeaux style wines, and many other great small producers such as Adelaida Cellars, Peachy Canyon and Le Cuvier.
The geology is unusual for California, as it is the only area in the state where the parent material is uplifted marine calcareous rocks, more typical of Burgundy, Tuscany and many parts of the Mediterranean region of Europe.
The vineyards are farmed sustainably, where an emphasis is placed on cropping at levels that require few inputs and are truly expressive of the unique climate and soil–“terroir” wines. The climate has an average rainfall of 15 to 20 inches per year, and the growing season is slightly longer than the Paso Robles east side.
The vineyards are planted on rolling to steep slopes that vary in altitude from 1200 to 1600 feet in elevation. The vineyards are planted on modern trellises and drip irrigated. Yields are low—an average of 3 tons per acre. Only red varieties are grown.
Ten acres are planted with Sangiovese, the noble red variety of Tuscany. The wines are medium in color, with good acidity, and are long lived. There are three different blocks planted based on the water holding capacity of the soil and the elevation. Four Brix Winery uses this Sangiovese for Scosso, a vino noble style wine also consisting of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.
Seven acres are planted with Zinfandel. Two acres are trained on modern wired trellises, and the rest are “head pruned” in the old style that only requires a stake to support the vines. Four Brix Winery is the exclusive winery working with this delicious Zinfandel used for the Zeductive blend.
Three acres are planted with Portuguese varieties Touriga Nacional and Souzao. The wines are deep red, dark and well structured. They will age for at least 20 years with superb quality. Our good friends and Roxo Port use this planting we recommend you search them out.
The story of Camp 4 Vineyard begins with the late Fess Parker. After purchasing the 1,400 acre property, Parker decided to plant 256 acres of grapes on the land in 1999 and it produced its first successful crop harvest in 2003. The vineyard’s name, Camp 4, refers to the land being the fourth stop on a passage from San Francisco to Yuma, Arizona, during the stagecoach days.
The vineyard is situated on the eastern most edge of Santa Ynez Valley and serves as the gateway into Happy Canyon. The vineyard is home to 19 varietals focusing on Rhone and Bordeaux grapes and provides an ideal microclimate for these varietals with a long growing season and maximum flavor development. Four Brix Winery sources Viognier, Grenache Blanc, and more recently Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, Counoise, and Cinsault for the Rhondezvous blend.