We are honored to work with some of the unsung heroes of California wine; growers that still specialize in unique varieties.
Two Shepherds, like many other small wineries, essentially ‘lease’ parts of vineyards. Often under long term contract, rows or blocks of the vineyard are farmed to our specifications for leaf pulling, fruit removal, irrigation, and more. Were it not for this unique arrangement, almost unheard of in Europe, Two Shepherds could never bring you these special wines.
We are pleased to work with these growers for many years and lease specific rows so we can learn and appreciate the nuances of each harvest. We source from organic, family-owned vineyards.
Grenache & Grenache Gris
Two Shepherds Vineyard
In 2018, we harvested from our own Grenache vineyard. In 2019, we grafted an additional 1,000 Grenache and Grenache Gris vines. Our vineyard is organic and hand farmed by us. Our cat Wiley ensures that there are no gophers in our vineyard, and Dolce our donkey is responsible for turning the soil in the wintertime.
Trimble Vineyard, Mendocino
A dry-farmed, certified organic vineyard of head-trained Carignan planted by the Trimble family 75 years ago. Starting in 2018, we split this vineyard with Porter Creek. As a small winery, establishing long term partnerships is essential.
Grapes from this vineyard are in the single varietal bottling, Wiley Carbonic and Bucking Luna. We love Carignan for its earthiness and deliciousness with all things BBQ.
Bechtold Vineyard, Lodi
The world’s oldest surviving Cinsault vineyard, 130 years old, sustainably & dry farmed, head trained on native rootstock. Esther Mobley’s article on this vineyard offers a fascinating historical perspective.
Fanucchi Vineyard, Russian River Valley
Located just down the road from our farm and vineyard, we are honored to work with our neighbor Peter Fanucchi. These Trousseau Gris grapes are the only planting in CA, from his 40-year-old vineyard originally planted by his father. 2022 marks the 10th consecutive year we’ve harvested fruit from this vineyard, and we look forward to many more. It’s a daily pleasure driving down our road and seeing the vineyard in all its different stages.
Hopkins Vineyard, Russian River Valley
The oldest Pinot Meunier vineyard in the Russian River Valley, planted about 25 years ago. We wouldn’t have Pinot Meunier if it wasn’t for our goats. A wrong turn while picking them up brought us to this Pinot Meunier vineyard. Turns out, the vineyard is owned by the father of the lady we were getting our goats from. So, we ended up with goats and Pinot Meunier from the Hopkins family!
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