Santa Clara Valley

The site for this vineyard is next to Uvas Creek, a stream originating on Loma Prieta peak in the Santa Cruz Mountains. The creek was named “uvas”, Spanish for grapes apparently because of the abundance of wild grapes (Vitis californica) found here when the first missionaries arrived. The sandy, stoney river soils coupled with warm, dry, breezy days and cool nights make for perfect growing conditions for a number of unusual grapes such as Charbono, Lagrein, Teroldego and Fiano. The vineyard is in the hands of two affable, life-long farmers of Italian descent, Dave and Don Vanni. These two are fearless experimenters and are always ready to plant exotic varieties on their ideal grape growing site, especially if the grape is native to Italy.