Named after our son, Quin’s Vineyard is located in Arroyo Grande, California. We are one of the closest local vineyards to the Pacific Ocean, at less than 3.5 miles from the water. This proximity to the ocean has a profound effect on our viticultural practices, with moderating influences year round. Quin’s Vineyard is immediately adjacent to the Arroyo Grande AVA. Our hillside vineyard is south facing in the valley with an east to west orientation. This allows the summertime fog to cool the grapes routinely in the evenings throughout the growing season. The fog routinely retreats by the late morning, allowing the sun to ripen the grapes slowly. This longer growing season adds complexity to our wines.
We began planting Quin’s Vineyard in 1998. We worked with John Alban of Alban Wines to propagate the vines, with the Syrah clone Alban 1 from Alban Vineyards and our initial Pinot Noir cuttings were the 2A clone from Rosemary’s Vineyard (a very select portion of Talley Vineyards). All of the original plantings were on 5 x 8 foot spacing and all of the rootstock was 5C.
Once we began to ferment the first vintage from the vineyard, were able to appreciate the quality of the wines that could be produced from this site. It was immediately obvious that planting additional vines was clearly necessary. We added half an acre of 1 x 2 meter planting of Pinot Noir clones 114, 667, and 777 as well as an additional block of Alban 1 Syrah. All of the subsequent plantings were on 101-14 rootstock. A single row of own-rooted Terrontes (originally imported from Argentina) was planted adjacent to the original Syrah block. These grapes are harvested and co-fermented with the Syrah, producing our own spin on one of the finest regions of the Rhône – the Côte Rôtie. Our current planted acreage is more than triple the original. Our friends have suggested that we need to utilize all of the land at our site, and note that bulldozing our home may be required.
Since the inception of Etnyre Wines, we have been very privileged to work with Rodolfo Romero, our vineyard manager. Rudy has grown grapes in the Arroyo Grande and Edna Valley for more than two decades. He shares the same commitment to exceptional quality that Etnyre Wines has had since the beginning. He and his crew planted the vineyard initially, and we are extremely pleased to have him as our vineyard manager since 2000.