From the Expert Guide:"Napa Valley forbids the cultivation of any slope greater than 30 degrees, which also limits vineyard size. That said, a handful of even steeper sites that were planted before this ordinance have been grandfathered in and can still be spotted among Napa’s many hillsides."
Anyone know what these grandfathered steep vineyards are? Reading it got my curiosity up when I couldn't name any off the top of my head.
Hi! Yes - there are several. That super steep parts of Bacchus and of Steltzner, I'm pretty sure, are over 30 degrees. Also I think parts of Cain and Burgess qualify as well. I know that there are more I'm not thinking of, but in general I believe it is more about portions of established vineyards being grandfathered in, rather than an entire vineyard, per se.
On the Sonoma side ( I believe the slope imitations are the same) there's Martinelli's Jackass Hill and the Hidden Ridge / Immortal Estate up in the Mayacamas
Spring Mountain has some pretty steep (40 degree+) old vine blocks, including some 1960's era Cabernet Sauvignon
If I remember one of the podcasts, isn't Togni's vineyard steep as well?
I think the part that used to be under Black Hamburg, yes.
Did he stop producing Ca Togni?? Or is it that the hamburg was relocated?
They pulled out the vines and replaced with Cabernet several years ago. That said, I believe the winery has a significant back stock, if you want to order some.
As delicious as that wine was, I think they ultimately found that selling dessert wine was, well, hard.
I believe Promontory has some parcels that qualify... i'm like 95% sure.