WALT Vineyard Sites

At WALT we are committed to locating the finest Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vineyard sources on the Pacific Coast, and make compelling, delicious wines that are honest expressions of their vineyard sites. We seek out vineyards in cool climates with low-vigor hillside sites that produce elegant, opulent, supple and silky wines. The grower is a critical element of the winemaking process. Each vineyard owner must possess an optimal site, infrastructure and a true passion for quality and we have enormous respect for our extended family of wine growers.

The Sonoma County appellation is California’s most extreme climate thanks to the Pacific fog and strong winds that flow through the Petaluma Gap, a break in the jagged mountains at Bodega Bay. A single day might see a temperature flux of 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Enveloping morning fog gives way to late morning sun warming the vines and prompting an ideal dose of photosynthesis before the cool afternoon breezes usher nightly fog. As a result, the appellation’s growing season is extended as most Pinot Noir ripens evenly on the vine until mid-October. Read more...

Just north of the Sonoma Coast appellation, at 38 degrees latitude, sits Anderson Valley in the rolling hills of Mendocino County. Just a dozen miles from the chilly Pacific Ocean, numerous creeks and rivers snake through a rugged landscape that dips and swells from sea level to 2,500 feet in elevation. The soil on the valley floor is comprised mostly of sandy, gravelly alluvial loam with an underlying clay base. Hillside vineyards are typically planted in gravelly loam and clay on a foundation of decomposing sandstone. Such exceptional soil types matched with a wide swing in diurnal temperatures, allow for an ideal balance of acidity and sugar levels through the long, steady ripening of Indian Summers. Anderson Valley Pinot Noir is focused and elegant with luscious cherry fruit and lifting acidity. Read more...

The Central Coast AVA stretches roughly 250 miles along the coastline of California, from San Francisco County in the north to Santa Barbara County in the south, averaging about 25 miles in width. The combination of sunlight exposure, cool temperatures, and exemplary soils allow for legendary Pinot Noir that is rich, round and supple.  Read more...

Oregon’s Willamette Valley sits at 45 degrees latitude, stretching south of Portland. This revered winegrowing region has often been compared to the Burgundy region of France, for just cause. The two regions share striking similarities such as latitude, rainfall, and amount of sunlight. The Willamette Valley has earned an unparalleled pedigree among New World wines. Well draining volcanic and seabed soils, diverse land contours, and diverse climates garner amazingly distinctive fruit character– wines of remarkable grace and complexity, earthiness and individuality. Read more...


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