Top 18 Hot California Winery
by Gomberg, Fredrikson & Associates, Woodside, CA at the 2013 Unified Wine and Grape Symposium
The 'Bliss Ranch', or 'Home Ranch' was purchased in 1943 by Irv Bliss. In the early days Irv farmed the land, grew grapes and figs, raised sheep and cattle. In the 70's all of the land was converted to grapes. Irv's great farming skills produced grapes that were sold to many great local and regional wines. In 1980, we produced our first wine and in 1990 we built a winery on the Bliss Ranch to make all of our wines Estate Produced. Because of our award winning wines, customer loyalty, and amazing growth, we outgrew the first winery and it has now become an onsite wine storage warehouse. A brand new winery was built in 2003 and expanded in 2009.
Bliss - 400 acres with 177acres planted. 0 - 2% slope
Purchased by Irv Bliss in 1943. On the Bliss Vineyard, we grow Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Zinfandel, Merlot, Sangiovese, Barbera and Dolcetto. Soils are Talmage very gravelly sandy loam, Feliz gray loam gravelly substratum, Feliz loam, Cole clay loam, and Cole loam with effective rooting depths of 60+ inches. Available water capacity ranges from low to high to very high and permeability ranges from slow to moderate to moderately rapid.
Feliz - 582.54 acres with 113.99 planted. 0 - 5% slope
Purchased in 1994 by Len and Marty Brutocao. We grow Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese, Dolcetto, Barbera, Zinfandel and Pinot Noir. Soils are Talmage gravelly sandy loam, Pinole gravelly loam, Yokayo sandy loam, Maxwell clay, Feliz loam, Cole loam, and Bearwallow-Hellman loams with effective rooting depths of 40 – 60+ inches. Available water capacity ranges from low to moderate to high to very high and permeability ranges from very slow to slow to moderate to moderately rapid.
Philo (Anderson Valley) -16.5 acres with 10.56 planted. 0 – 9% slope
Purchased in 1996 and planted in 2001. We grow our Brutocao Pinot Noir here. It is the old Scharffenberger winery and also the location of our first tasting room. Soils are Casabonne loams and Wohly loams with effective rooting depths of 20 – 60 inches. Available water capacity is moderate to high and permeability is moderate.
Contento - 251.11 acres with 89.69 planted. 2 - 30% slope
Purchased in 1997 and planted in 1999. We grow Cabernet Sauvignon and Primitivo. Contento is the site of the old ATECO Brangus cattle Ranch where they raised purebred Brangus cattle and used some of the ranch for research and development of new tractor equipment. This resulted in very fertile land. Contento is also the location of an old inactive gold mine. Soils are Redvine sandy clay loam and Hopland-Witherell-Squawrock complex with effective rooting zones of 20 – 60 inches. Available water capacity ranges from moderately low to high and permeability is moderate.
2010 Chardonnay wins Gold and 3 Silver Medals!
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