Checkerboard Vineyards

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VINEYARDS

The estate has four vineyard sites of different elevation, exposure and soil composition.

Spring Meadows Vineyard is situated at 600 feet in elevation on a meadow surrounded by Oak, big leaf Maple and Madrone trees.  The soils are rich from the neighboring woods and the site enjoys full east to west sun exposure.

The soils of Coyote Ridge Vineyard are red clay and shattered basalt rock, and is sited at 900 feet in elevation.  The vineyard's name comes from a fondness for a family of coyotes who protect the vines from burrowing pests.

Aurora Vineyard is at 1,200 feet in elevation and rests on a knoll in a small valley midway up the mountain.  It has full sun exposure from dawn until sunset although its temperatures are cooler than the valley floor, providing slow and even ripening.  Suggestive of its storied geologic past, the soils are riddled with basalt rock and volcanic ash.

At 2,000 feet in elevation at the top of the estate is Nash Creek Vineyard.  A flat terrace just below the ridge of the mountain and at the head of Nash Creek Canyon is the site for this vineyard that produces wines of great minerality and freshness.  The shallow soils are composed of rhyolite, and the temperatures are often warmer in winter and cooler in summer than the Checkerboard vineyards below.

Farming practices at Checkerboard Vineyards are based on long-term sustainability and include water conservation and monitoring, permanent cover crops planted in alternating rows, and the use of entomology for pest control.