Youngberg Hill Vineyards consists of 21 acres, 16 Pinot noir and 5 Pinot gris, on a spectacular 50 acre estate. Of the 16 acres of Pinot noir, 12 acres was planted in 1989 on two distinct blocks of southeast facing slopes. The vines are own-rooted, 60% Pommard and 40% Wadenswil clones. We planted 5 acres of Pinot gris, the Aspen Block, in 2006 of 148 and 152 Clones on 3309 root stock. And finally, in 2008, we planted four more acres of Pinot noir, the Camelot Block, of 777 on 10114 root stock. There is no irrigation.
Natasha Block is the larger of the two at an altitude of approximately 600 feet on Willakenzie soil. The Jordan Block is on a steeper slope at an altitude of approximately 750 feet on Steiwer soil. The Camelot Block is between the other two and therefore is a blend of Steiwer and Willakenzie soils.
The soils are complimented by distinct weather in these coast foothills only 25 miles from the ocean. Our weather is most heavily influenced by weather patterns coming up the Van Duzer Pass from the coast. This influence provides more precipitation than most of the valley, more sun days, cooler temperatures both day and night, and cool coastal winds in the late afternoon and early evening.
This combination provides an excellent terroir for our vineyard to produce extremely high quality fruit with rich, intense black fruit flavors, earthy minerality, and higher acidity providing structure and complexity to our wines.
We started practicing organic farming in 2003 and are moving toward practices of biodynamic farming. We are LIVE certified. We are most interested in sustaining and even improving the quality and balance of the soil naturally. We believe that it will produce the highest quality of fruit and maintain the integrity of those qualities the soils give to the fruit.