Orders ship September through November during harvest.
Harvest year: 2022
Merlot Wine Grapes from Livermore Valley AVA (San Francisco Bay)
This vineyard estate was originally planted in 1883 by John Crellin and is now proudly owned by the Misson Family since 2015. These vineyards are located in the heart of the Livermore Valley in the prestigious Ruby Hill wine region. These grapes are amongst the most coveted in the world. This 36-acre vineyard is planted with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sangiovese, Sauvignon Blanc, Petite Syrah, and Pinot Noir.
- Vineyard located at 2001 Ruby Hill Blvd, Pleasanton, CA 94566
- AVA: Livermore Valley California (San Francisco Bay)
- Farmed: Conventional
- Harvest Timeframe: September through November
You can purchase frozen grapes year-round from grapesforwine.com
TERROIR & APPELLATION
Our Livermore grapes are sourced in the San Francisco Bay appellation, approximately 30 miles east of San Francisco, California. Both the Livermore Valley and San Francisco Bay appellations are within the larger Central Coast appellation (AVA).
Our Livermore grapes are sourced from the Ruby Hill Region within the Livermore Valley and are one of the original U.S. appellations granted by the BATF in October 1982. This vineyard is located in Livermore, California in the Livermore Valley. The historic Livermore Valley is one of California’s most prestigious wine grape-growing regions. The combination of elevation, temperatures, soil drainage is extremely ideal for vineyards to flourish and produce high-quality grapes.
The Livermore Valley has an east-west orientation, making it unique among northern California winegrowing regions. The vineyards we pick from are planted in a north-to-south orientation and surrounded by coastal range mountains and foothills.
This particular vineyard located outside within 5 miles of Ruby Hill and across from a water preserve experiences a slightly cooler effect at night which promotes a later harvest and longer hang time on the vine. This, in turn, allows for increased absorption of nutrients and the flavors, in turn, are phenomenal. The climate of this growing region has been compared to Calistoga and St. Helena in the Northern Napa Valley.
Our vineyard soil consists of Pleasanton gravelly loam, 0-3% (PgA) Yolo loam, calcareous substratum, 0-6% slopes, MLRA 14 (YmA). These are characterized as excellent soils with excellent drainage, and are universally categorized as “Prime Farmland”.