The Old Chatham Ranch vineyard was planted in the spring of 2001 with 15 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon on top of a rugged ridge at 1920' elevation. The ridge is generally south-facing and is protected on the north side by redwood and oak trees. To prepare the red clay/loam soils, 100 tons of custom prepared organic compost and amendments were spread over the site. The Cabernet Sauvignon clone is 337 and are planted on drought resistant 110R rootstock using an 8' by 5' spacing and vertical shoot positioning (VSP) trellis system.
The ridge top site is ideal for growing Cabernet Sauvignon. Early morning summer sun warms the fruit, while the valleys below lay blanketed in fog. Afternoon breezes from the Pacific Ocean, nearly 50 miles to the West, cool the vines each evening. The vineyard is farmed sustainably by Redwood Empire Vineyard Management Company and production is limited to less than 4 tons per acre to produce the highest quality fruit.