Named after our son, Quin's Vineyard is located in Arroyo Grande, California. Literally a stones throw from the Arroyo Grande AVA, this vineyard is one of the closest local vineyards to the Pacific Ocean, at less than 3.5 miles from the ocean. This proximity to the ocean has a profound effect on our viticultural practices, with moderating influences year round. The hillside vineyard is South facing in a valley with an East to West orientation. This valley is immediately North from the Arroyo Grande Valley (and Arroyo Grande AVA). 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. A longer growing season adds complexity to our wines.
We began planting Quin's Vineyard in 1998. We worked with John Alban to propagate the vines, with Syrah cuttings from Alban Vineyards and Pinot Noir cuttings from Rosemary's Vineyard (a very select portion of Talley Vineyards). Our Syrah clone is Alban 1. The initial planting of Pinot Noir was solely the 2A clone of Pinot Noir. All of the original plantings are on 5 x 8 foot spacing and all of the rootstock is 5C. Since the initial planting, I added Pinot Noir clones 114, 667, and 777 as well as another block of Alban 1 Syrah. All of the subsequent plantings are on 101-14 rootstock. A single row of own-rooted Terrontes (originally imported from Argentina) is planted adjacent to the original Syrah block. These grapes are harvested and cofermented with the Syrah, producing our own spin on one of the finest regions of the Rhone – the Cote Rotie.
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. Two additional blocks of vines have been planted since the initial planting, including nearly a half acre of 1 x 2 meter density Pinot Noir. Our current vine count 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 the vineyard, we have been very privileged to work with Rodolfo Romero. Rudy has grown grapes in the Arroyo Grande and Edna Valley for nearly two decades. He shares the same commitment to exceptional quality that Etnyre Wines has had since its inception. He and his crew planted the vineyard initially, and we are extremely pleased to have him as our vineyard manager.