The 20-acre Kanzler Vineyard was born in 1996 as the dream of Steve and Lynda Kanzler. Once an apple orchard, the vineyard is located near the edge of the Petaluma Wind Gap known as the Sebastopol Hills. Soils consist of Gold Ridge sandy loam on a clay base and the microclimate is perfectly characterized by morning and evening fog, breezy afternoons and bright, but mild afternoon sun.
Owned by Fred Schrader and Thomas Brown and managed perfectly by Ulysses Valdez, the Ridgetop Vineyard is located within a few miles of the Pacific Ocean in the town of Annapolis at 1100 feet above sea level. The maritime influence effectively moderates high temperatures during the summer and fall while its location on the eastern side of the first coastal ridge protects it from being engulfed by fog, enabling the vines to produce ripe, tropical fruit with ample acidity.
Garys’ Vineyard is a partnership between Gary Franscioni and Gary Pisoni. Both families’ roots in the Santa Lucia Highlands are quite deep. Their families have farmed this area for over 100 years. Recognizing the region’s potential for premium wine grapes, the Garys turned their focus to viticulture, and partnered on the Garys’ Vineyard in 1997. This famous V-shaped, 50-acre vineyard is on the eastern side of the Santa Lucia Highlands, and is influenced by the cool ocean breezes and fog that blow through the Carmel and Salinas Valleys.
In 1996, Gary Franscioni planted the 50-acre Rosella’s Vineyard, named for his wife, on their estate property just 1½ miles north of Garys’ Vineyard in the Santa Lucia Highlands appellation of Monterey County. We have been sourcing grapes from this vineyard site since 2003 and believe that Rosella’s Vineyard, with Gary Franscioni’s exceptional farming practices, produces a unique wine representing the very best of the Santa Lucia Highlands. Santa Lucia Highlands has proven to be a world class appellation, and we are proud to offer a wine from this great vineyard.
Clos Pepe Vineyard
Planted in 1998, the Clos Pepe Vineyard sits in the heart of the Sta. Rita Hills. This special property is perfectly influenced by the wind, fog, low temperatures and cool summers that allow us to produce wines unlike any in the world. The East-West valleys of the Sta. Rita Hills AVA pull cold air off the Pacific, and the sea-bed soils intensely limit vigor. Small vines, small clusters, small berries, and thick skins provide the perfect storm for producing exceptional Pinot Noir.
Planted in 2000, the Turner Vineyard is a 21- acre vineyard located in the northern part of the Sta. Rita Hills appellation, behind Melville and Babcock Vineyards, and just a stone’s throw from Clos Pepe Vineyard. Ryan Carr planted the vineyard in 2000 with a very complex vineyard design. The vineyard was extremely fun to layout because of its great landscape; a dry, sandy river bed valley floor, steep North and South hillside slopes, and mesa plateau.
Rancho Ontiveros Vineyard
Planted in 1997, the Rancho Ontiveros Vineyard is located in Central Santa Maria Valley, in the northern part of Santa Barbara County near Santa Maria and the famed Bien Nacido Vineyard. This extremely small, eight acre vineyard is owned by the Ontiveros family and farmed and managed by James Ontiveros (ninth generation Ontiveros family). The soil is comprised of Garey series, a clay and sandy loam. The vineyard’s east-west bench orientation run’s east from the Pacific Ocean, allowing an interesting meteorological ebb and flow between the mountains and the cooling ocean influence.
Since 2005, A.P. VIN has partnered with Steve and Lynda Kanzler to make a Pinot Noir with a delicious blend of Pommard and 667 clones.
Since 2008, A.P. VIN has crafted Pinot Noir from this high elevation Sonoma Coast vineyard, located only 3 miles from the Pacific Ocean.
It began with Garys’. Since 2003, A.P. VIN has had the good fortune to make Pinot Noir with small lots of grapes from Gary Francioni and Gary Pisoni.
A.P. VIN has made wines from this iconic Santa Lucia Highlands vineyard since 2004, crafting Pinot Noir with cool Monterey Bay influence.
Clos Pepe Vineyard
Since 2004, A.P. VIN has made wines from this hallmark Sta. Rita Hills vineyard, making balanced Pinot Noir guided by the cold ocean air of the Pacific.
A.P. VIN has crafted Pinot Noir from select hillside blocks in this Santa Barbara County vineyard since 2005.
Rancho Ontiveros Vineyard
Since 2004, A.P. VIN has enjoyed the great friendship with James Ontiveros that has resulted in a beautifully complex and balanced Pinot Noir.