Get the Dirt about Chenoweth Vineyards from Amy Chenoweth

14 Apr

chenowethpeople1. What was your first vintage year? 2010

2. How many cases do you make per vintage? Just 200 of one wine per year.

3. Do you have a Tasting Room? No we don’t have one right now, but we are happy to provide vineyard tours by appointment.

4. How did you get your start in the winemaking business? We are grape growers that have expanded naturally into winemaking.

5. What wine made you want to become a winemaker/start your own winery? Pinot noir.

chenowethvineyard6. What varietals do you work with? We only make Pinot Noir, just 1 per year. Although, we grow several different grape varieties.

7. What vineyards do you source from? We choose from out top three premium vineyards: Bootlegger’s Hill, Treehouse Vineyard and Chenoweth Ranch. All our in located in Green Valley of the Russian River Valley.

8. What type of oak treatment do you use? Why? We use only French Oak with 33% of it new per vintage because this delivers the best flavor combination with the fruit we pick.

9. What do you love about your winemaking region? There is no other place on earth that holds the beauty and premium soil that the Russian River Valley has.

chenowethlabel10. What’s the story behind your name/label? The Chenoweth family has lives in the Sebastopol area for more than a century. Farming everything from wine grapes (prior to prohibition), to apples, prunes and cherries and now wine grapes again. Well known as one of California’s renowned vineyard managers, Charlie has earned recognition for his talent as a farmer, and for his collaborative approach to viticulture. With this knowledge and access to premiere vineyard, we have created a Pinot Noir that embodies the complexity and balance of the Green Valley and Russian River Valley appellations. We hand select grapes to press into each vintage based on the flavors that are provided but the grapes each vintage.

11. Most importantly, what’s so great about being small? I feel we have more hands on ability as a small winery. We produce the grapes, choose the barrels, glass and corks. We also choose where the wine is marketed.

12. How do you view the future in the wine industry for small-lot winemakers? At this point in time I see the future as very bright for small “cult” wineries. I think there is something sexy about the winery that is small and the consumer can feel “in the know.”

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