The heart of VML Winery is a collection of small vineyards nestled in the Russian River Valley. Great care is taken to assure that each wine’s flavor and texture express a sense of place. We are keenly attentive to the varied microclimates and soils of these prized, independently owned farms.
The spectrum of terroir leads us from warm inland vineyards that yield spicy rich fruit, westward to Green Valley's bright delicate layers, and out to cooler coastal land where floral and soil-driven flavors abound.
After bottling, our wines come upstream to be discovered at our beautiful Dry Creek Valley tasting room. This gem of a property features an endangered fish habitat, and Dry Creek itself burbling just feet away from visitors.
A seriously tiny vineyard. Maybe three acres if you count the tractor turnarounds. The owner is emphatic that it be farmed organically.
Love at first sight. Ivywood vineyard lies at the far edges of the grape-growing region, along a coastal ridgeline. It’s always a tough site but when it’s right, it’s really right.
A fantastic selection of rare pinot noir clones here yield such unique flavors. We like the Jackson 9 and 828 – very thick skinned so they hold up to the cold, wet mornings in this coastal spot.
This is in the magic corridor: Green Valley. The quiet strip of Highway 116 between Sebastopol and Forestville is home to some of our favorite vineyards.
Resting on a floodplain that sweeps up against rolling hills. The lower-lying grapevines usually spend a few days completely under water in the winter. Conventional wisdom would be that the best fruit comes from the hillsides where the soil is better drained. However, the flats make really interesting wines too – in part because the soil is so impoverished from the flooding.
A labor of love. All the water has to be trucked up the hillside, so any irrigation is considered carefully. The berries are small and concentrated from having received so little. So much power, contrasted with the whimsical perfume of the 777 Dijon clone.
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